20 October 2006
Holcim newsletter provides summary of Weston Option
Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd has this week distributed nearly 8000 copies of its October newsletter to residents of Oamaru,
Weston, Enfield, Ngapara, Windsor and surrounding areas.
The newsletter summarises the information presented at the Weston Option Information Open Day, held in Oamaru on 16
September. The newsletter also addresses some of the questions that came through at the Information Open Day as well as
questions that local people have been asking at personal meetings, or via letters, emails and phone calls.
"People had a lot of questions about transport, among other things, and were generally supportive of the proposal to use
rail to transport the cement from the plant to a deepwater port," says Paul Commons, General Manager, Strategy & Development.
The October newsletter includes a summary of information regarding the Weston Option quarries, transport effects, noise
effects, air effects, ecological effects, Holcim policy regarding community liaison, as well as details regarding the
company¹s environmental performance.
So far Holcim has completed seven information sheets, which have been made publicly available, on: * The consultation
process * The Weston Option overview * Construction * Noise * Transport * Air * Ecology
An information sheet on the Weston Option quarries is now being prepared and should be available in early November.
Following that, information sheets will be prepared on: the Windsor sand pit and Ngapara coal pit; servicing options
(water, power, sewerage); and the social impact of building and operating a cement plant and quarries. These information
sheets are expected to be available in late November or early December.
The resource consent applications for the Weston Option cement plant and associated quarries and pits are expected to be
lodged in early 2007.