Coal mine proposed for Maramarua
Mayor goes to information session
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.