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Mining Decision Big Blow For Whole South Island

Published: Tue 21 Aug 2001 12:31 AM
It is not just the West Coast, but the whole of the South Island that will suffer from the Government's decision not to allow gold mining on conservation land at Reefton, says Nelson MP Nick Smith.
"This $500 million project promised employment spin-offs for Nelson, Canterbury and Otago as well as around 200 new jobs for the West Coast.
"Substantial heavy engineering works were being negotiated with Brightwater Engineers in Nelson which would have meant an additional 20 jobs. The ore was to be processed in Palmerston supporting 30 jobs in North Otago. And Canterbury misses out with the loss of millions of dollars in transport, construction and support services, amounting to around 30 jobs.
"South Island MP's and community leaders need to come forward on this issue and write in support of the calls for a review of this decision.
"Our communities need balanced conservation decision-making and not this ideological purism from Sandra Lee and Helen Clark," Nick Smith said.
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