Sludge use, odour worries residents
About 30 people attend open day
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.