An artificial pond built on the edge of a farm by my Father, Mr M C Menneer, in 1995 to provide habitat for waterbirds and introduced wetland plants. When I pass by this pond there are often herons, ducks and cormorants in residence. In summer the pond is full of frogs and their cacophony of croaks and rasps can be heard across the greater landscape.
This fringe landscape is adjacent to a large shopping precinct. I stood at the spot where the asphalt finished in the carpark and admired the Eucalyptus gums in the distance while thinking about the connectivity of these two contrasting landscapes. A pathway enables people to move freely from one landscape to the other, and provides an opportunity for users to experience and to ponder these two distinctly different places.
The Martha Mine is situated in the Waihi township, and the processing plant, waste rock embankments, water treatment plant and Favona Mine are located two kilometres away in a rural area. Because of its location, Waihi mining operations have received a high level of public scrutiny. This is reflected by the stringent conditions set for the projects.