Large projects bring vis­i­ble changes

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Pu­taruru is a town of progress this month.

Work is un­der way clear­ing parts of the for­mer Carter Holt Har­vey mill from Princes St, the in­ter­na­tional food court is near­ing com­ple­tion and the tim­ber mu­seum is be­ing pre­pared for rede­vel­op­ment.

The tim­ber mill site was bought by three in­vestors last month with plans to trans­form it into an in­dus­trial park.

Work­ers have been at the mill for the past two weeks clear­ing rub­bish and dis­man­tling build­ings.

Progress on the food court, to oc­cupy the for­mer post of­fice build­ing, is easy to spot from state high­way one through Pu­taruru.

South Waikato News un­der­stands the fa­cil­ity could be open by year’s end.

South of Pu­taruru the tim­ber mu­seum has been closed while the first part of the site’s rede­vel­op­ment takes place.

The multi-mil­lion dol­lar mu­seum project will in­volve mov­ing build­ings to cre­ate a vis­i­tors cen­tre.

Even­tu­ally fa­cil­i­ties will be built for back­pack­ers and car­a­van users. A na­ture re­serve will be es­tab­lished and the mu­seum’s ex­hibits re­ju­ve­nated.

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