Sunday, 09 August 2020

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Work on new Whitianga transfer station to begin next year

Assurances have been given that the process of establishing a new transfer station in Whitianga will be progressed without further delay after members of Mercury Bay Community Board expressed frustration at the length of time the project is taking.

Thames-Coromandel District Council’s Operations Group Manager, Bruce Hinson, confirmed that $200,000 in funding is in place to complete investigations and detailed design during the current financial year, with construction to be carried out in council’s 2021/2022 financial year.

At a meeting of the Community Board earlier this month, Councillor Murray McClean said he also wanted to ensure that all options were being looked at so the new facility would be offering as many different collection streams as possible.

Mr Hinson said several waste management sites in New Zealand have been visited to fully examine all possible options and the intent was to offer as much opportunity for recycling as possible. He said all options were still on the table, including provision for a re-use centre along the lines of the Seagull Centre in Thames, and he believed there was already interest within the community in forming a group to run such an operation.

Pictured: The entrance to the existing Whitianga Transfer Station.

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