Rodney Times : January 27th 2011
5 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 27, 2011 NEWS FLEXI BIN Waiwera facility watered down Residents' opposition: A non-complying resource consent application for a water bottling plant on Upper Waiwera Rd had residents gathering for a public meeting on January 9. Photo: JILL GUILLEMIN By CARALISE MOORE Submissions on a proposed water bottling plant in Upper Waiwera Rd close on Febru- ary 7 with the Auckland Council. The Waiwera Valley Association is encouraging residents to make submissions on the non- complying resource consent application. Waiwera Valley Properties originally lodged consent applications with the former Rodney District Council to operate a 8100 square metre, multi-million dollar water bottling plant last February. Its latest adapted appli- cation has scaled the facility back to a 3100 square metre warehouse to run six days a week, 7am to 6pm. The num- ber of vehicle movements for trucks will be 10 daily for bot- tling on-site, and 25 daily for bottling off site. The resource consents sought include allowing the bottling facility in a General Rural Zone, earthworks movement, non- compliance with required carparking standards, stormwater and wastewater discharges. Residents held a public meeting on January 9 to dis- cuss the application and sub- mission process. Some say an industrial plant in a general rural area is inappropriate. Waiwera Water brand and communications director Frank Brown says they had previously organised public meetings to discuss residents' concerns, and made changes to the original application as a result. We moved the warehousing aspect to an alternative location, and reduced the size of the build- ing by more than 60 percent. We set the building further back from the road edge and reduced the hours and days of operation. We reduced earthworks and impermeable areas, avoided any changes to the natural watercourses on the site, and changed land- scape design techniques.'' Waiwera resident Jo Floyd has offered to help anyone needing assistance to write a submission, email wva@hot mail.co.nz. Call the Auckland Council on (09) 301-0101 for information. 40pc of shares taken up On January 12, 40 percent of Waiwera Water New Zea- land and 40 percent of Waiwera Thermal Resort's shares were sold to Budfin Nominees. Budfin Nominees is regis- tered in Wellington with two shareholders, Alastair Hercus and Michael Dineen, and five directors. The Waiwera shares were previously owned by Traus Holdings, that included directors Fraser Brown, John Brown and Roger Mac, and shareholder JDSTCB, owned by John Brown. Mikhail Khimich from the Russian Federation con- tinues to own the other 60 percent of shares in the Waiwera companies. Resort focuses on the future Poolside: Geyser Island and The Lazy River will open at Waiwera Thermal Resort this weekend. Waiwera Thermal Resort is opening a new section to the pools -- Geyser Island and The Lazy River -- on Auck- land Anniversary weekend. Several stainless steel slides were removed in July. Waiwera general manager Dixon McIver says they were getting close to their expiry date. We want to see the place as a high-end tranquil resort, but also incorporate familyfun.Soitisabitofa challenge to provide both those things,'' Mr McIver says. There are still three hy- droslides and a mini-flying fox for children opens soon. The vision for the facility is a top notch international resort,'' Mr McIver says. At themomentitisabitofof everything. We have a vision for the place and are moving in that direction.''
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