Roxburgh gold mine gets tick
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.