A costly de­mo­li­tion at Paua

The Northland Age - - Local News - By Peter de Graaf

Far North ratepay­ers will have to stump up with the $150,000 needed to de­mol­ish an aban­doned, as­bestos-rid­den fer­tiliser shed at Paua, on Paren­garenga Har­bour.

The Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil’s in­fras­truc­ture net­work com­mit­tee last week re­solved to re­move the shed, and a layer of con­tam­i­nated top­soil.

Ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port the 350sq m bulk fer­tiliser shed was built in the 1970s by the North­land Fer­tiliser Com­pany, which had a 21-year lease on the land from the North­land Har­bour Board, which also owned the ad­ja­cent wharf.

The lease ex­pired 24 years ago, and with nei­ther the com­pany nor the board still in ex­is­tence, the dis­trict coun­cil, as the land owner, was re­spon­si­ble for the de­crepit and potentiall­y dan­ger­ous build­ing.

It is next to a camp­ground owned by Paren­garenga In­cor­po­ra­tion and a coun­cilowned wharf, which is a pop­u­lar fish­ing spot.

All four sam­ples of cladding and de­bris taken by as­bestos spe­cial­ists Momentum Ser­vices dur­ing a Fe­bru­ary site visit tested pos­i­tive for the haz­ardous ma­te­rial, as did one soil sam­ples taken from in­side the shed. WorkSafe had con­firmed the pres­ence of as­bestos in the roof and cladding, mak­ing the shed a hazard to peo­ple in the vicin­ity.

Coun­cil staff rec­om­mended the build­ing be de­mol­ished by qual­i­fied con­trac­tors, with the ma­te­ri­als to be dis­posed of at an ap­proved land­fill, such as in Whanga¯rei. A 100mm layer of soil out to three metres from the sides of the build­ing would also have to be re­moved and re­placed.

The job was ex­pected to cost $120,000, but a $30,000 con­tin­gency had been added be­cause of dif­fi­cul­ties in­clud­ing dis­posal and the re­mote­ness of the site.

A coun­cil spokesman said fund­ing for the shed’s re­moval would be in­cluded in the an­nual plan, which was due to be con­sid­ered next month. De­mo­li­tion would have to go out to ten­der, with work ex­pected to be­gin in Au­gust or Septem­ber.

PIC­TURE / MOMENTUM SER­VICES

The aban­doned fer­tiliser shed at Paua.

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