More jobs on the hori­zon

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Three new jobs have al­ready been cre­ated as Fon­terra’s Lich­field de­vel­op­ment rolls for­ward.

The es­ti­mated $400 mil­lion milk pow­der drier will en­ter the build­ing phase this year and is ex­pected to cre­ate up to 50 jobs on com­ple­tion.

How­ever em­ploy­ment has al­ready be­come avail­able for South Waikato res­i­dents be­fore the build of the 4.5-mil­lion litre drier.

Com­pass Group’s Eurest cater­ing will run a cafe­te­ria at the con­trac­tors’ vil­lage.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager Karen Weir said the company is look­ing for about three new em­ploy­ees to be­gin with.

‘‘It’s a new con­cept for us so we’re play­ing it by ear to see how many peo­ple we em­ploy.’’

She said up to seven new cater­ing jobs could be cre­ated

There has al­ready been good re­sponse for the po­si­tions, she said.

While it will only be tem­po­rary, Weir said there could be other op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for ap­pli­cants.

Fon­terra op­er­a­tional readi- ness lead Shane Har­ris said the con­trac­tors vil­lage could host up to 700 con­trac­tors.

Por­ta­coms and of­fices will be­gin to roll in next week and the cafe­te­ria will follow.

‘‘We’re get­ting to a num­ber now where they need to be self­suf­fi­cient.’’

The earth­works for the site be­gan in Oc­to­ber last year and prepa­ra­tion for the foun­da­tions of the drier started last week, he said.

The first ma­jor con­crete pour is planned to go ahead to­day as well.

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