Mataura Valley Milk consent
As a layman, I find it easy to understand when Mataura Valley Milk is described in the media as a ‘‘new $200 million infant formula plant,’’ and compare it to the reported value of the 1997 Rayonier project ($180 million in 1997 = $270 in 2017 dollars).
It is plain to see that MVM cannot be said to dwarf Rayonier as asserted by Mr Steven Parry, Gore District Council Chief Executive.
The main theme of my letter to Newslink last week, and ignored by Mr Parry, was the issue of the novel building consent discount granted to MVM by the Gore District Council. This discount effectively served to remove financial resources from the Gore district, and largely enrich the Government of China, the owner of the largest shareholder in MVM.
Further, I ask Mr Parry to research, to learn and inform the public about the development levy extracted from Rayonier by GDC and its leadership 20 years ago for the benefit of this district.
This was neglected by Mr Parry in his reply.
I can inform that Rayonier paid a $500,000 development levy that has enhanced this district.
Anyway, Mr Parry has produced his evidence that the MVM project has twice the value of the Rayonier project.
On that basis, MVM should be up for double the development levy, ie. 41 million plus. Ian Robertson Arthurton Please be aware that I do not make the decision on what level of financial contribution should be imposed on the MVM development. This is a matter for elected members and specifically the Mataura Valley Milk Development Committee.
I am happy to discuss issues of concern with Mr Robertson, should he wish to pop in and see me. Steve Parry CEO Gore District Council
Mataura Valley Milk is constructing an infant formula processing plant at McNab, near Gore.