Mem­bers for Fo­rum

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Waihi Com­mu­nity Fo­rum is look­ing for new mem­bers for the Waihi Com­mu­nity Fo­rum.

The Fo­rum was orig­i­nally set up to work with res­i­dents of Waihi East and Waihi Gold as part of the Cor­renso con­sent con­di­tions. Since then it has worked on a num­ber of projects in Waihi East. Chair­per­son Bindy Burke says that the group has acted as a con­duit be­tween the com­mu­nity and the min­ing com­pany, pro­vid­ing ad­vice and prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance.

“We spend time lis­ten­ing to peo­ple, but a big part of our man­date is to get projects up and run­ning. When we first started, res­i­dents told us they wanted to make sure that prop­er­ties in the area didn’t lose value be­cause of un­der­ground min­ing.

“The Streets Ahead Pro­gramme, ad­ven­ture play­ground, bar­be­cue area at Waihi East School, street frontage com­pe­ti­tion and cherry tree plant­ing are all ex­am­ples of the Fo­rum work­ing with res­i­dents and the min­ing com­pany.” The Fo­rum is seek­ing two new mem­bers.

“With OceanaGold an­nounc­ing is has ap­plied for con­sents for Project Martha it is a good time to get some new peo­ple on the team. While we are look­ing for peo­ple from the Rex area and north of the Martha open pit, there may be peo­ple in the wider Waihi area who have skills or in­ter­ests that could ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.” Bindy says.

“When the group was set up it looked as if min­ing in Waihi would end in 2019.

“Now it ap­pears that there will be at least an­other 10 years of ac­tiv­ity, per­haps more. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for en­thu­si­as­tic new mem­bers to join us as we work for the bet­ter­ment of Waihi.”

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