28 May 2013

Waihi group to appeal mine decision

8:52 am on 28 May 2013

A ratepayers group says it will lodge an appeal to the Environment Court against a decision to grant consent to develop a mine under about 45 homes in Waihi.

Earlier this month, a panel of independent commissioners granted resource consent to Newmont Waihi Gold to mine under a residential area of the Coromandel town.

Waihi East Ratepayers Group spokesperson Terry Podmore says the commissioners did listen to its members, but the consent conditions do not address all the concerns of residents.

"Due to Newmont's intention to mine under their privately-owned residential property, they are having to move, and to do that they want compensation."

The conditions for the mine include restrictions on the magnitude and number of blasts, and property purchase and other assistance for homeowners.