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WEST COAST FEATURE
The Grey District Council
received no submissions on its new
policy about public consultation. The
council on Wednesday approved the
‘significance and engagement ’ policy,
though regulatory councillor Doug
Truman questioned the necessity
of the policy, which all councils
have been forced to adopt under
changes to the Local Government
Act 2002. “ I’m quite happy that
this council is right up front in
consultation,” Cr Truman said. The
lack of submissions “reinforced
that fact ”. He called the policy a
“straightjacket approach on when
we should consult”. Under the
policy, the council must increase its
level of public engagement on an
issue as the impact of it increases.
Kea sur vive poison
The Department of Conser vation
says all monitored kea have so
far sur vived the largest ever 1080
poison drop, at Kahurangi, between
northern Buller and Nelson. DOC
said it had the results for the
Wangapeka and Anatoki, Mount
Arthur areas where kea were
monitored. All 17 birds were alive
and accounted for, and the risk
period was now over for them. Five
more kea were being monitored
through the Oparara operation,
which was completed later, but the
results of that were not yet in, DOC
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A British man who emigrated to
New Zealand was baffled to receive
a tax bill for 2p from his former
council — which they said he could
pay in instalments. Alistair King,
49, left the UK in October to start
a new life with his fiancee Karen
Tilt. But he was shocked when
he received a tax bill from South
Somerset District Council for just
2p — and slammed council bosses
for wasting public money. “ When
I got the letter, I thought it was just
the confirmation that I had paid
the original outstanding balance
in full. But when I saw the balance
and it was still asking for 2p I was
astonished. It would probably cost
me three or four dollars to send the
cheque over to them.” —Metro
Rolleston residents are fighting to
have plans for a 1080 poison factory
— in which the West Coast Regional
Council has invested $1.9 million —
to be publicly notified so they can
have their say.
Up to 50 people attended a residents’
meeting in the Canterbury town
this week. The meeting was strongly
chaired so it did not turn into a
general debate about the poison.
Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe said
it was a good discussion, but he
would not be drawn on how strong
opposition to the factory was in the
Those in attendance included the
51% owner of Pest Control Research
Ltd, Malcolm Thomas, and PR
adviser Steve Attwood.
Meeting organiser Jonathan Scott
said Mr Thomas had indicated that he
had “always planned to move to the
Izone (industrial subdivision) since
the earthquakes because his current
building has suffered damage and he
wanted somewhere with cheaper land
where he could own the plant ”.
The decision to move the factory
there was made before he had thought
of branching into manufacturing
1080 poison baits.
“This was his reasoning that the
original submission did not contain
any information on the manufacture
of 1080 bait or handling of the raw
stock product,” Mr Scott said.
His business partner — the West
Coast Regional Council — “were
keen on expanding the business into
manufacturing 1080 bait ”.
“If Mr Thomas had not agreed to
manufacture 1080 bait he probably
would have started his new venture
in relative anonymity,” Mr Scott said.
He said he believed only 20% of
the local community was aware of
the proposal for the poison plant and
“ We need to leaflet drop each home
in Rolleston. We need everyone
to write to Hon Minister for the
Environment and to our local MP,
Amy Adams, advising her of our
concerns. Specifically, we want this
process to go to public notification to
allow us to make submissions.”
In a letter to Rolleston residents,
Pest Control Research said it wanted
to make 1080 more targeted to
specific pest animals, and repellent to
other non-target animals, “to produce
a more humane kill”.
It assured there would be no toxic
discharge to ground, air or water.
Everything would arrive and leave
in sealed metal drums, or packed on
to shrink-wrapped pallets.
In a statement issued through
Mr Attwood, Mr Thomas said he
told the Rolleston meeting that he
understood their concerns and agreed
that pesticide was a scary subject.
He said his main purpose in
fronting up to the meeting was to
assure people that there was no need
to be afraid.
transporting of the poison product
would occur over only about a four-
week period in a year. There would be
a maximum of two truck movements
a week from the factory during the
He noted that the 1080 containers
were designed to survive the impact
of a motor vehicle impact and were
“ highly unlikely” to be damaged in
the event of an earthquake.
The sealed interior area of the
factory where the toxin would be
stored was separately reinforced, and
the whole building had an advanced
sprinkler system for the prevention
of fire. Asked about the possibility of
dust contaminating workers and their
clothing, he said the whole process
would take place within sealed
machines and any dust would be
captured by special filtration systems.
Rolleston folk demand say on 1080 plant
The first spade is about to be put in the
ground for the $10 million Westland
Recreation Centre, in Greymouth.
Site works are due to begin in the
coming days, with full-scale construction
pinned for February.
The first step is to remove contaminated
soil from the grass field adjoining the
Grey District Aquatic Centre, as the site
for the new stadium.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said the $240,000 contract for that initial
phase of the project had been awarded to
MBD Contracting, of Greymouth.
“ We are moving ahead with the first
signs of the stadium.”
He expected the excavations to start in
the next 10 days.
The contaminated soil — the
Shakespeare Street site was once the
town dump — will be disposed of in a
specially lined area of the McLeans Pit
The site is made up of refuse material
from an abandoned dump that operated
there from about the 1920s to the 1940s.
Between 2800 and 3500 cubic metres
of fill will be disposed of in a capped cell
at the landfill.
Mr Kokshoorn said the ground would
places, and all that was dug out would be
replaced with hard fill.
The entire job would be a six-week
operation, he said.
In June, the Greymouth Scout and
Guide Hall was relocated from opposite
the aquatic centre, with the Makura
Croquet Club pavilion due to follow,
clearing the way for an extension of
the car park to cope with the increased
attendance of the recreation centre.
Meanwhile, tendering for the actual
construction was going well but
he stressed that nothing had been
“This is going ahead but we haven’t
finalised any contracts for the stadium.
We are working with a contractor on the
final price. We are very close but nothing
has been signed at this point.
“But we are confident of a start of
construction about February next year.”
Mr Kokshoorn said the main tenderer
had 35 subcontractors attached and the
council was working through some of
the prices which had come back.
Some prices were “way out ” from
what the council quantity surveyor had
Helicopter rides, wacky hats,
farmers and fire engines will all be
out for the Grey Valley Gala, on
The gala will be held at the
Ahaura Domain as a joint
fundraiser for Awahono School,
Grey Valley Playcentre, Ahaura
Community Trust and the Grey
Valley Netball Club.
Committee member Annabelle
Ealam invited people to come along
and enjoy the day.
“It will be a fantastic day out for
the family,” Ms Ealam said.
The day will feature a fire
engine, games, food, merry-go-
round, bouncy castles, music,
woodchopping demonstration, and
a wacky hat competition.
The Grey Valley District Young
Farmers final will open the day
from 8.30am, with stalls opening
later at 10am.
The West Coast Wilderness
Trail website is to be redesigned
to appeal more to the 50-plus age
“The present website was difficult
to navigate so we’ve gone right
back to square one,” Tourism West
Coast chief executive Jim Little
The new site would include
more information and be easier to
navigate. It would also be able to fit
to the screen of any device, which
the current site could not.
Mr Little said they would also be
targeting the 50-plus market.
They wanted a ride that was easy
and where they could stop and
enjoy a coffee along the way, and
he said there were plenty of easy
sections that would appeal to that
lifestyle. For the more adventurous
riders there were still challenging
sections, such as the Old Ghost
Road from Lyell to Mokihinui.
Tourism West Coast had planned
a small media campaign, trail map
and interim brochure to coincide
with the redesign. It would also
look to get exposure in magazines
that the 50-plus market read, such
as North and South or the Air NZ
Mr Little said they hoped to have
the website live next week.
Numbers on the cycle trail were
increasing and feedback about the
experience was positive.
Cycle trail targets over-50s
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Awahono School pupils are excited about the Grey Valley Gala on Sunday, December 7, with flights with Ahaura Helicopters to be raffled.
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