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Coast flight danger area changes mooted

Laura Mills The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has received two submissions to change the flight rules over the Holcim quarry at Cape Foulwind and Strongman Mine, at Nine Mile. CAA is currently reviewing air space over the West Coast, with changes to be effective from November 9. It says it wants to de-clutter, simplify and clarify the air space, and change and...

Coast tourism drive

The West Coast will be well represented at the biggest tourism trade show in New Zealand, in May. Auckland will host TRENZ 2017 from May 9 to 12 and will be attended by 377 trade and tourism buyers from 29 countries including Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, and North and South America. Tourism West Coast will be updating its stand...

New mental health unit planned

Laura Mills The West Coast District Health Board has started planning for a new mental health facility in Greymouth to replace the current unit attached to Grey Base Hospital. In May 2014, when former health minister Tony Ryall confirmed funding for the new Greymouth Hospital, he also committed to later funding a new mental health unit. "In addition to the $67 million,...

Councils seek single district plan for Coast

Laura Mills West Coast councils want to keep their autonomy but have one district plan for the entire West Coast, with one set of rules for everything from mining to housing subdivisions. For now, they say the work is around better aligning the existing plans. However, a draft submission on behalf of the four councils to the Local Government Commission backs the...

Council dibs on Spring Creek disused roads

Laura Mills Solid Energy will soon begin disposing of land associated with the Spring Creek Mine as it prepares to close the underground mine for good. The Grey District Council already has its eye on the roads for recreational use. The failed State-owned enterprise announced recently it was permanently closing the Dunollie mine mothballed five years ago and kept ventilated with a...

Greens question water plan

The Government says all affected parties gave approval for Jackson Bay water exports. Okuru Enterprises proposes pumping water from an alpine creek above the Arawhata River to tankers waiting out at sea. Green Party MP Eugenie Sage asked in Parliament on Thursday if New Zealanders should get a say over whether a private company could extract glacial water flowing out of...

New building on old pub site

Foundations are going down for the first building to go back on the vacant block of land in Richmond Quay, Greymouth, after the recent demolition of the Richmond Hotel and the other remaining dilapidated buildings. Fahey Builders Ltd worker Riah Martin is preparing the foundations for the wash bay area for a car rental garage being built on the...

Car ends up in ditch

The driver of a car which crashed on the outskirts of Runanga late last night was taken to hospital with moderate to serious injuries.

Dog attack victim bitten to bone while protecting son

A vicious dog bit a chunk out of a mother's arm to the bone as she stepped in to save her two young children when it rushed at them while visiting friends at Atarau on Wednesday.

Council finds new ceo

The West Coast Regional Council has found its new chief executive in-house, appointing its planning and operations group manager Mike Meehan to the top role.
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