New com­post sites

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A com­mer­cial com­post busi­ness is likely to go ahead in Porirua af­ter a suc­cess­ful trial of the con­cept in Plim­mer­ton over the past two months.

Choice Com­post­ing di­rec­tor Leanne Pe­labon has at­tracted $30,000 of in­vest­ment af­ter run­ning a six- week com­post­ing col­lec­tion trial, just short of the $40,000 she had been aim­ing for. The amount is enough to kick-start the project, but Ms Pe­labon hopes to se­cure two more in­vest­ments of $5000 each.

Af­ter aban­don­ing a plan to set up her busi­ness on Bro­ken Hill Rd, Ms Pe­labon now has two smaller po­ten­tial sites in mind: One near the Pori- rua City Coun­cil nurs­ery on Siev­ers Gr in Can­nons Creek, the other on the old Porirua Hospi­tal grounds.

The sites will be much cheaper to de­velop than the Bro­ken Hill Rd site and their land val­ues are lower, Ms Pe­labon says.

‘‘The amount of de­vel­op­ment work re­quired for Bro­ken Hill was just too much,’’ she says.

The next step is to cre­ate a pro­posal to the coun­cil ask­ing for in­vest­ment, which Ms Pe­labon hopes to present in Septem­ber.

In April, Ms Pe­labon’s re­quest for a $150,000 to $300,000 in­vest­ment in the Bro­ken Hill site was de­clined.

‘‘By the end of this year coun­cil will have hope­fully ap­proved the part­ner­ship,’’ Ms Pe­labon says.

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