Coal mine pro­posed for Mara­marua

Mayor goes to in­for­ma­tion ses­sion

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATT BOWEN

Dairy jug­ger­naut Fon­terra is re­veal­ing its plans for a new coalmine at Mara­marua to­day.

The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion is at the pro­posed mine site at noon and will cover tech­ni­cal as­pects and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the site.

Fon­terra’s min­ing com­pany Glen­coal wants to de­velop an open cast coalmine on 30 hectares of farm­land it has owned for 10 years be­tween Man­gatawhiri Rd and the new State High­way 2 at Mara­marua.

The pro­posed mine would re­place Glen­coal’s 18- year- old Kopako 3 mine 8km south of Mara­marua, that is near­ing the end of its work­ing life. Glen­coal has gov­ern­ment per­mits to mine the new prop­erty which, like Kopako 3, is expected to yield around 120,000 tonnes of coal a year.

Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil mayor Alan San­son is expected to at­tend as coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive. While he has known of the com­pany’s move for weeks, San­son said the oc­ca­sion would give him an idea of what res­i­dents think.

San­son said the area was ‘‘ no stranger’’ to coal mines. ‘‘The dif­fer­ence here is that it’s a green- fields site on the other side of State High­way 2, when nor­mally it’s been around Kopuku and not closer to Mara­marua or Man­gatangi like this one is.’’

San­son said res­i­dents who live nearby could have con­cerns about noise, dust and visual ef­fects but they would be teased out through the re­source con­sent process.

He was 99 per cent sure it would be pub­licly no­ti­fied.

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