$100m milk plant given green light

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Al­most a year af­ter plans were re­vealed to Ara­puni res­i­dents the town’s new milk pow­der pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity has the green light.

Ara­puni Milk has been granted re­source con­sent by South Waikato District Coun­cil and En­vi­ron­ment Waikato.

The plan to build the plant was pre­sented at a meet­ing in Ara­puni in Oc­to­ber.

A re­source con­sent hear­ing was held ear­lier this month for the devel­op­ment which will pro­vide per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment to around 55 peo­ple.

The plant will be built in two stages.

Once both are com­plete it will have the ca­pac­ity to process more than 500 mil­lion litres of milk a year.

This milk sup­ply is to be sourced from farm­ers in the South Waikato District as well as Te

The plant will be built in two stages. Once both are com­plete

it will have the ca­pac­ity to process more than 500 mil­lion

litres of milk a year

Awa­mutu, Cam­bridge, Mata­mata and Mor­rinsville.

At the re­source con­sent hear­ing in Pu­taruru it was heard the plant al­ready had 32 farm­ers who had agreed in prin­ci­ple to sup­ply it with milk.

The com­pany is un­der­stood to be look­ing for up to 90 milk sup­pli­ers.

It could how­ever re­ceive milk from Fon­terra in its ini­tial stages as leg­is­la­tion re­quires the co­op­er­a­tive to sup­ply to new plants.

The plant will have a con­struc­tion spend of about $100 mil­lion and an an­nual wage bill of around $4 mil­lion, much of which will be spent lo­cally.

It is es­ti­mated that once up and run­ning the first stage of the devel­op­ment, which will cater for 220 mil­lion litres of milk a year, will be worth $250 mil­lion to the New Zealand econ­omy an­nu­ally.

The plant’s site, which is 14ha, is to the north of Ara­puni on land for­merly used for dairy cat­tle.

The plant is the sec­ond to gain re­source con­sent in the South Waikato this year, join­ing a dairy fac­tory planned for Toko­roa.

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