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giant Veolia is to have talks
with the Government about
establishing an eco-park in
John Hill, an industrial chemist
and a former Buller district
councillor, wants Holcim's Cape
Foulwind site to become an eco-
park after Holcim leaves next
e park would convert refuse
into fuel for electricity generation
and into value-added chemicals,
biogas and building materials.
Mr Hill said Veolia remained
interested and was progressing
the proposal. Its planned talks
with the Government about the
Government's zero waste policy
would probably dictate whether
the project proceeded, Mr Hill
e Government aims to have
no waste going to land ll by
Mr Hill said Veolia needed an
assurance that waste to energy
would become a big part of the
zero waste policy.
Veolia would not require
government funding, but the
Government could in uence the
speed with which Veolia obtained
resource consents, he said.
"Without some government
assistance in that area it will just
slow things down."
He understood Veolia would
meet with government before
the end of this month and the
Westport proposal would be a
pivotal part of the agenda.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard
met Veolia business development
manager Keith Martin in
Wellington last week and also
spoke to Economic Development
Minister Steven Joyce about the
"We've had positive discussions,
knowing it is in the early stages
of investigation," Mr Howard
said this week.
2 - Friday, June 12, 2015
About 200 small pieces of
corrugated iron have been laid
alongside the Alborns Track, near
Reefton, in the hope of providing
an arti cial habitat for skinks. e
Department of Conser vation said
periodic checks would be made to
check if skinks were present.
Good lead on Hokitika
Hokitika police say they have a
good lead on a speedster who was
reported to be doing burnouts within
the 50kph zone last night about 8
o'clock. Police said they had a good
lead on the alleged speedster, who
was driving a Mitsubishi car.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Claymore.
Departures: Nil. In port: Cook
Canyon, Galatea II, Claymore,
Ocean Odyssey, Sovereign,
Corsair, 26 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
e Reefton i-Site has o ered to take over
running the township's digital cinema from the
Westport NBS eatre.
A submission from iSite manager Hayley
Cutbush and Reefton Inc spokeswoman
Ronnie Buckman to the Buller District
Council long-term plan suggested a three-
year, renewable contract between the iSite and
ey proposed making the information
centre fully accountable for operating the
cinema, which would encompass "full nancial
management", movie selection and the
employment of all theatre sta .
It would remove council liability for any
potential losses, as "we take the risk", the
Local running would also allow movie
selections to be streamlined to the local
audience, allow community input over what was
shown and increase the pro t for the i-Site, the
Jeanette Hawes, of the Inangahua Community
Board, supported the proposal.
Mrs Hawes also asked the council to
under write any costs above $350,000 budgeted
for in the long-term plan to upgrade and
earthquake strengthen the Reefton Community
Centre building, including the cinema.
e proposed upgrade includes incorporating
a vacant area which would be turned into toilets,
as well as extending two small dressing rooms.
e cinema would be strengthened to 67% of
the Building Code, while the number of seats
in the cinema would be cut, however three rows
of "comfortable" tiered seating would be added.
e foyer would also be upgraded, as would
the streetscape outside the cinema.
Mrs Hawes said some of the remaining
$126,593 of Reefton Vision 2010 funding
would hopefully be put towards the interior
upgrade of the cinema.
Reefton i-Site offers to run cinema
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A project to rebuild pride in
Greymouth in the wake of mine closures
by rebranding and public artwork has
been nominated for a national award.
It is one of two Grey District Council
initiatives --- the second is the restoration
of the Cobden wetlands --- to gain a
nals spot in the Local Government
New Zealand Excellence Awards.
e rst project was aimed at changing
negative perceptions of the Grey district
and Greymouth. Initiatives included
rebranding, a campaign inviting
members of the community to submit
postcards with 'real stories' about the
district, a 150th anniversary celebration
and developing a public art framework.
About 400 story postcards were
received by the council, with artists
creating 'pop-up' art displays in empty
shops. A survey then revealed the
number of residents agreeing that the
area was a great place to live had almost
e second project, the creation of the
Cobden Aromahana wetland recreation
area has transformed the former town
Local Government NZ president
Lawrence Yule said the Cobden
Aromahana area would be a valuable
space for locals and visitors, with
environmental and economic bene ts.
" e identity project also shows a
council that is closely in touch with its
community and willing to be innovative
and provide leadership to rebuild
con dence in the district," Mr Yule
e Grey council is up against
Auckland City, among others. e
judges are former Wellington mayor
Kerry Prendergast, EQC chairman Sir
Maarten Wevers and the New Zealand
Initiatives executive director Dr Oliver
e winners will be announced at
the annual Local Government annual
conference, in Rotorua from July 19 to
Eleven migrants were awarded New Zealand citizenship at an o cial welcoming ceremony held at the Grey District Council
this morning. Mayor Tony Kokshoorn presented each person with their certi cate of citizenship, a kowhai tree and a book on New
Zealand. "It is good that people want to settle on the West Coast and I o cially welcome you and congratulate you all on receiving
your New Zealand citizenship, and I thank you for making the West Coast your home," Mr Kokshoorn said.
11 new citizens welcomed PICTURE: Paul McBride
Westport eco-park talks
Ronald McDonald appeal result praised
A Greymouth street appeal for the Ronald
McDonald House, which accommodates West
Coast cancer su erers undergoing treatment in
Christchurch, raised $3645, last Friday.
West Coast co-ordinator Reanna Speakman
said they were thrilled with the result.
"We had a great response. It's certainly
increasing and people were very generous."
Giving for the appeal had burgeoned in the
past three years: $3100 last year and $1300 in
West Coast cancer patients and family
members were substantial users of the
Christchurch house as people returned to
hospital for treatment or appointments, she
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