Dis­posal op­er­a­tion nec­es­sary

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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

First time:

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.

for pri­mary school age chil­dren.

Photo: EVAN HARD­ING/ FAIR­FAX NZ 629718754

Clean-up: Much of the devastation caused by a fire at the Live­stock Sup­plies site in Gore has been cleaned up.

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