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Project Martha Public Hearing Starts Today

Posted 12 November 2018 by Gold FM in Environmental and Business

The Public Hearing of the proposed Project Martha resource consent applications for further mine development in Waihi starts today in the St James Church Hall at 76 Moresby Avenue, Waihi.

There will be a Hearings Panel of three independent Commissioners considering and deciding on the resource consent applications made to both the Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Councils.

The resource consent applications to the Hauraki District Council are to authorise all land use activities associated with construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the proposed Project Martha and for a subdivision consent of Company land to accommodate the re-alignment of Bulltown/ Cambridge Roads.

The project includes work to stabilise the north wall of the open Martha Pit and to re-instate the pit haul road to allow access to the bottom of the pit for mining. New underground mining is proposed beneath the pit and also within the Rex vein which is situated under a reserve/residential area from the rugby clubrooms to the Mueller and Kenny Street intersection.

The resource consent applications to the Waikato Regional Council are to authorise specific aspects of land use (removal of vegetation, earthworks to construct noise bunds, backfilling land in the Martha Underground Mine) and to permit the taking, diversion and discharge of ground and surface water associated with construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the proposed Project Martha.

The Hearing starts at 10 am today, is open to the public and will continue on consecutive working days through to Friday 23 November 2018, as and if required to complete the hearing. Start times on subsequent days will be set by the Committee at the end of the previous day.