June 3 public meeting opposes quarry

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A Tamahere residents group opposed to the proposed Titoki Sands quarry is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at 7.30pm in the Tamahere Community Centre.

The group has formed an incorporated society, the Community & Environment Tamahere Inc (C&E Tamahere), to oppose the central Tamahere quarry proposed for a 51.7ha block on the corner of State Highway 1 and Tauwhare Rd.

In recent years, Tamahere residents have combined to oppose a prison, a shopping mall and now the quarry.

The society says it plans to act on other local causes members deem suitable and is “committed to protecting the lifestyle values of the greater Tamahere area.”

C& E Tamahere committee members are:

Michael Holmes, Pencarrow Road, Ph: 021-680-633
Alan (Max) Mackie, Woodcock Road, Ph: 027-245-0173
Rob Hammington, Rosebanks Drive, Ph: 07-859-0075
Tony Weller, Woodcock Road, Ph: 021-272-8433
Stuart Baker, Woodcock Road, Ph: 0274-775-937
Annette Child, Rosebanks Drive, Ph: 07-856-3349

Email C&E Tamahere

C&E Tamahere is circulating this flyer (pdf): Stop Quarry Public Meeting

Titoki Sands proposal in brief: (details in pdf below)
A sand quarry and processing plant on 51.7ha the corner of Tauwhare Road & SH1.
Extraction operations would operate from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from 7am to noon, for the next 15 years.
Access would be via a proposed roundabout on Tauwhare Road opposite Woodcock Road.

C&E Tamahere describes the impact as:

Noise: Digger, mining equipment, trucks backing, accelerating or decelerating.
Traffic: An expected 200 daily truck/trailer movements interfering with commuting traffic and increasing the risk to other road users.
Dust and sand: Blowing on to neighbouring properties, into residential water collection systems and on to roads.
Gully and wetland: Activities will harm the native flora and fauna in a wetland gully system that is recognized as having the potential to be fully restored.
Ground water: Extraction of ground water for use in the processing plant, which may lower the water table and detrimentally affect residential water bores.
Soil quality: Loss of high quality soils that are designated for protection under the district plan.
Safety: The heavy traffic movement, in conjunction with the absence of pedestrian pathways, significantly increases the risks to the community accessing the school, and to children being dropped off and picked up by school buses.

Titoki Sands described its proposal at a public meeting in December 2008. Its presentation is here (pdf): titoki sands quarry

Titoki Sands directors are Darrin Bourke, Mark Eman, Russell Fergusson, Brian Hermann, Nicholas Maire, Frank van den Heuvel, and Marc van den Heuvel.

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