Roxburgh gold mine gets tick

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An open pit al­lu­vial gold­mine near Roxburgh has been granted con­sent.

A panel of com­mis­sion­ers ap­pointed by the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil and Otago Re­gional Coun­cil, re­leased their de­ci­sion on Mon­day. Kokiri Lime Com­pany Lim­ited was granted Land Use Con­sent with 76 con­di­tions, as well as a raft of other con­di­tions within the per­mits needed for the op­er­a­tion at Coal Creek Flat, near Roxburgh. The min­ing op­er­a­tion will cover 163 hectares and runs for about 3.5kilo­me­tres.

Ob­jec­tors have raised is­sues about po­ten­tial im­pacts on wa­ter, geotech­ni­cal ef­fects, dust, noise, vi­bra­tion, land­scape and amenity. How­ever, the panel says the com­pany has demon­strated any ad­verse ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment can be avoided, reme­died or mit­i­gated.

‘‘With the re­quire­ments of an­nual re­port­ing, the es­tab­lish­ment of an en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ci­dent and com­plaints reg­is­ter, the for­ma­tion of a li­ai­son com­mit­tee and a con­sent re­view con­di­tion, it is our hope and ex­pec­ta­tion that Kokiri Lime Com­pany Lim­ited em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors will ex­er­cise the con­sents we have granted with care and dili­gence.’’

Queen­stown fish­ing guide Stu Dever with a rod and reel cov­ered in lake snow.

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