Sludge use, odour wor­ries res­i­dents

About 30 peo­ple at­tend open day

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Ful­ton Ho­gan work­ers re­ceived a mixed re­sponse from the com­mu­nity at an open day held at the Lug­gate quarry last week, the pro­posed sewage sludge dry­ing plant site. Ful­ton Ho­gan divi­sional man­ager Peter Reid said more than 30 peo­ple vis­ited the site dur­ing the open day and those who were un­sure about the project ex­pressed two main con­cerns – odour con­trol at the plant and the use of the end prod­uct. Mr Reid said res­i­dents were also con­fus­ing the re­source con­sents which would be needed to build and op­er­ate the plan. It would have to gain con­sent to build and op­er­ate the plant from the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil and land and air dis­charge con­sents from the Otago Re­gional Coun­cil. ‘‘The gen­eral feel­ing is that the plant is fine but they are wor­ried about the land use ap­pli­ca­tion,’’ M Reid said. ‘‘Farm­ers aren’t go­ing to put some­thing bad on their land are they.’’ Ful­ton Ho­gan Cen­tral re­gional man­ager Alan Pea­cock said ‘‘peo­ple have come along and ex­pressed ex­treme sup­port. There are peo­ple who have con­cerns but still sup­port (the project).’’ Lug­gate res­i­dent Al­lan Kane said he at­tended the open day be­cause he was in­ter­ested in how the op­er­a­tion would work and what would be in­volved. Mr Kane said if the plant fit­ted into the land­scape and did not af­fect the vis­ual en­vi­ron­ment, and was pos­si­bly screened, then he would not op­pose the project. ‘‘At this stage it would ap­pear there doesn’t seem to be any­thing to up­set us. There is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence that any con­cerns are able to be han­dled,’’ Mr Kane said. Newly ap­pointed Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict coun­cil­lors Ella Law­ton and Cal­lum MacLeod said they also at­tended the open day to find more out about the plant and how it worked. The plant could af­fect the Lug­gate com­mu­nity and some had con­cerns about it, Ms Law­ton said.

Site sur­vey: Ful­ton Ho­gan Cen­tral re­gional man­ager Alan Pea­cock and divi­sional man­ager Peter Reid show newly ap­pointed Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict coun­cil­lors Ella Law­ton and Cal­lum MacLeod around the pro­posed sludge site near Lug­gate dur­ing an open day last week.

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