10 Nov 2013

Green MP bids to protect residents from mining work

6:38 am on 10 November 2013

Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has announced a Member's Bill which she says would protect residents from mining beneath their homes.

The Crown Minerals Amendment Bill was launched at a public meeting in Waihi on Saturday afternoon, where consents for an underground mine have been granted to Newmont Waihi Gold, affecting 44 homes.

Catherine Delahunty.

Catherine Delahunty. Photo: GREEN PARTY

Ms Delahunty says the bill, which she hopes will be drawn in the ballot next week, was inspired by the experiences of those residents who fought to prevent the mine from going ahead.

She says the number of houses that may be affected could be much higher as Newmont Waihi Gold has mining permits which cover land with 1100 homes in Waihi. Her Bill seeks to prohibit the granting of permits to mine on land within 300 metres of residential premises.

Ms Delahunty says people should not have to put up with noise, vibration, uncertainty and damage to houses.