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Consents sought for new mine

Laura Mills After three years of planning, the company behind a new coalmine development within view of downtown Westport has applied for resource consent, arguing that Buller desperately needs the jobs. However, the price for those jobs could be the loss of great spotted kiwi and an open-cast mine visible from the town. Rangitira Developments Ltd proposes developing a mine at Te Kuha,...

Camping ground plan splits Ross

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian A proposal for a campervan facility on the Ross town reserve has split the community. Two community groups are at odds over the proposal to allow self-contained vehicles to park overnight and pay for the privilege. The Ross Community Society is forging ahead with plans to build a stopover for New Zealand Motor Caravan Association members (Wings)...

Jail for death threats

A Greymouth man with six previous convictions of threatening to kill was jailed on Thursday for 11 months for posting digital communications on several occasions to threaten his ex-partner, causing her serious concern and harm. Issac Walker appeared in the Greymouth District Court via an audio visual link from Christchurch Men's Prison, where he has been in custody since his...

New council manager

The Grey District Council has appointed a new manager to oversee its building and planning department. Chief executive Paul Pretorius announced this morning the appointment of Ben Healy as environmental services manager. He replaces Steven May, who left the job at the end of last year. Mr Healy is currently a building team leader with the Christchurch City Council. Mr Pretorius said he...

Children seen on silos

Children spotted on top of the old Holcim silos on the Westport wharf at the weekend were in a very dangerous place, say police. Prevention constable Paul Sampson said police were alerted on Sunday afternoon after two figures were spotted on top of a silo. The person who reported them thought they were children, he said. The police officer who responded climbed...

DHB looks to new hospital laundry service

Laura Mills Five years after the West Coast District Health Board shut the hospital laundry in Greymouth, with the loss of 19 jobs, a further reorganisation is on the cards. All hospital laundry from Grey Base Hospital and other facilities has since been trucked to Christchurch for cleaning. A handful of staff was left in Greymouth to handle the incoming and...

DOC takes to sky over marine reserve

Teresa Smith of the Westport News The Punakaiki marine reserve is now being regularly monitored from the air. Punakaiki residents have raised concerns recently about fishing boats operating within the reserve boundaries. The sightings have been during the day and at night, with some residents calling in reports to the Department of Conservation hotline. DOC Buller operations manager Bob Dickson said the pilot of...

Crash hurts three

Brendon McMahon Three people remain in hospital, one in a serious condition, following a head-on collision near Inangahua Junction yesterday afternoon. The crash happened shortly before 3.30pm on State highway 6, about 4km east of the Inangahua Junction settlement heading towards the Iron Bridge. Reefton Volunteer Fire Brigade station officer John Bell said the brigade was first on the scene and helped...

Driver given community detention

A Runanga man was sentenced in the Greymouth District Court on Thursday to five months of community detention for driving while disqualified for the third or subsequent and failing to stop. Joel Greene also admitted breaching his community work on February 14. Lawyer George Linder asked that Greene be sentenced to community detention. "He has an appropriate address. Probation is impressed with...

Gladstone historic photo project expanded

A historic photo display project being undertaken by the Gladstone Community Committee has been expanded slightly on what was originally envisaged. The Grey District Council approved over $4000 from the Ogilvie reserve fund held on behalf of Gladstone towards the historic photo display. Since then the group has decided to add another panel to the display, bringing the total cost...
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