Disposal operation necessary
The former Livestock Supplies site in Gore that looked like ‘‘Hiroshima’’ following a devastating fire is being cleaned up, with environmental issues being managed carefully, Environment Southland says.
Livestock Supplies owner Geoff Popenhagen said most of the loose material had been removed and demolition of the building’s foundations was expected to begin shortly.
‘‘We have cleaned up the site as quickly as we could and every effort has been made to prevent contamination.’’
Livestock Supplies had hired its own environmental consultants and was working with Environment Southland and the Gore District Council during the cleanup, he said.
Environment Southland senior pollution prevention officer Leonie Grace said the company was disposing of debris on the site to suitable landfills, including at the AB Lime site near Winton and in Dunedin.
Destroyed products from the
Southland Bird Club president Jeff Rankin with a canary from his aviary ahead of the Grand National Bird Show which is being held in Gore tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Rankin, who lives in Gore, said it was the first time a national bird show has been held in the town. More than 100 exhibitors from throughout New Zealand will show 1200 birds at the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium. Bird varieties would include budgies, canaries, finches and parrots, Rankin said. Gore was chosen because the public supported the Southland Bird Club’s annual show when it was held in the town, he said. The public can view the birds at the Town and Country Club from devastated site that ‘‘wouldn’t want to get in a waterway’’ were being stored in a warehouse, she said.
‘‘They will look at where it can be disposed of . . . they have isolated out the bad stuff and are managing it quite carefully with consultants.’’
The products destroyed in the fire were predominantly fertilisers and minerals in large quantities, Grace said.
Because there was bulk amounts it’s a problem to dispose of it at one place at one time.
‘‘We are quite happy with 4-6pm tomorrow, 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-noon on Sunday. Admission is $2, or $1 what they [Livestock Supplies] are doing and how they are managing it.’’
Grace did not believe there would be any long term adverse environmental effects from the site once it was fully cleaned up and rehabilitated.
Livestock Supplies relocated to temporary premises in Oreti St following the massive blaze in April which sent smoke pouring over Gore.
The blaze started due to an electrical fault.
Popenhagen said there was no intention to move back to the original site, which Livestock Supplies owns.
‘‘We are still undecided on what to do with it,’’ he said.
Despite the massive upheaval for the business, the staff had only been out of work for a couple of weeks and none had been laid off, Popenhagen said.
Meanwhile, East Gore School deputy principal Wendy Kitto said diggers were due to demolish the fire-gutted old pool building this week. The building was torched by arsonists in May.
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Clean-up: Much of the devastation caused by a fire at the Livestock Supplies site in Gore has been cleaned up.