3 Dec 2012

Residents speak out against Waihi expansion proposal

9:22 pm on 3 December 2012

A group of concerned residents in Waihi East has voiced opposition to a proposal for a new underground mine.

More than 60 gathered on Monday at a meeting co-ordinated by the Waihi East Ratepayers Group.

It coincided with the start of a land use resource consent hearing on Newmont Waihi Gold's application for a new underground mine.

The company's application, lodged with Hauraki District Council, includes digging under more than 40 homes in Waihi East.

Some Waihi East residents against the proposal say they are worried about property devaluation, vibration, noise and dust.

Joyce Mahy, who lives in Waihi East, says the proposal makes her worried for her house.

She says she is worried about damage to it, but she is not going to sell or move.

Newmont Waihi Gold external affairs manager Sefton Darby says the company told the consent hearing that people will be affected, but the commissioners need to trade that off against the continuation of 400 jobs.

The hearing is expected to take two-and-a-half weeks.