Holcim opens information centre in Oamaru

2 May 2007

Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd has opened an Information Centre in Oamaru to provide the local community with resources and answers to their questions about Holcim's Weston Option cement plant.

The Holcim Information Centre (126 - 132 Thames Street, or corner of Eden and Thames streets, Oamaru) will open every Wednesday (between 11am and 6.30pm) and will operate throughout the 40 working day submission period (which closes on Tuesday 19 June).

Holcim staff will be at the Information Centre on those days and will be able to answer questions that people may have, as well as provide detailed information from the AEE, if required.

"We have put together a pack of material for people interested in making a positive submission on the Weston Option cement plant, which we believe would bring significant local benefits in terms of jobs, economic growth and diversity," says Paul Commons, Manager Strategy and Development for Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd.

These packs are available for people visiting the Holcim Information Centre in Oamaru.

A cement plant at Weston would have ongoing direct and indirect economic benefits, including between 110 and 125 direct long-term jobs (worth around $8 million a year in wages) and a further 80 to 120 jobs (worth another $4-5 million a year) in professional, technical, maintenance and production vocations.

An additional $106 million (estimated) would be spent in the district on construction activity, if the proposal went ahead.

Holcim has also provided full printed copies of the four-volume ' Weston Option cement plant Assessment of Environmental Effects' to the Otago Regional Council and Waitaki District Council, as well as providing a copy to the Oamaru Library.

The resource consenting process
Holcim New Zealand has now formally lodged the applications for the resource consents it needs to construct and operate the proposed Weston Option cement plant and associated quarries and pits. These applications were notified by the Otago Regional Council and the Waitaki District Council on 20 and 21 April.

For more information
Gerald Raymond
027 443-7253