Titoki Sands quarry gets go ahead

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The 51ha Titoki Sands quarry in central Tamahere has been given the go ahead to operate six days a week under resource consents that run for up to 34 years.

In decisions running to 120 pages released this week, Environment Waikato and Waikato District Council have granted Titoki Sands consents to operate the quarry 12 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and six hours on Saturdays on land bordering Tauwhare Rd and SH1.

The three commissioners who considered the proposal have applied a raft of conditions to the controversial quarry proposal, which brought concerted opposition from Tamahere residents including a specially formed group, Community & Environment Tamahere.

Titoki proposes to quarry 4 million cubic metres of sand for up to 20 years.

In his decision, Environment Waikato (EW) commissioner Graeme Ridley commended and thanked residents for their “extremely helpful” efforts, which had led to “Titoki ensuring its proposals and mitigation methods are to a high standard.”

“I am satisfied that Titoki activities will not result in such significant adverse effects that these are unable to be dealt with by way of appropriate conditions,” Ridley said.

Waikato District Council commissioners David Hill and Michael Savage said “while there is likely that some people will have their particular amenity disturbed at one time or other, we have concluded overall that this will be for comparatively short durations and, in the main, will not occur at all if the activity is managed in compliance with the conditions …”

Before beginning operation WDC requires Titoki to submit seven management plans covering earthwork design, dust, clean fill, soil restoration and revegetation, noise, landscape, and ecology, and a protocol on accidental discovery of artefacts.

It is also to establish and publicise a contact and complaints procedure, and keep a complaints register. And it is to offer local residents and other interested parties the chance to take part in a community liaison group.

EW requires Titoki to pay or guarantee a bond sufficient to cover site restoration, rehabilitation and maintenance and to remedy or mitigate any adverse environmental effects from non-authorised activity. The amount of the bond has yet to be determined by the councils.

WDC requires Titoki to pay a heavy vehicle impact fee of 0.6 cents per cubic metre of material transported by public road.

The longest term granted for a consent by EW is 34 years for the construction of a culvert in a creek, and the shortest is eight years for taking up to 190 cu m of groundwater per day for processing and dust suppression.

The decisions were received by many submitters in the mail today. They are not yet online.

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