Fulton Hogan Central Otago industries manager Peter Reid
(left) and Central Otago regional manager Alan Peacock
(centre, both of Alexandra), show Luggate Community
Association president Geoff Taylor around the site
earmarked for a proposed sludge-drying facility near
Luggate yesterday. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
More than 30 people attended an open day at the site of a
proposed sewage sludge-drying facility near Luggate yesterday
The session was run by Fulton Hogan and the Queenstown Lakes
District Council, which have jointly proposed building a
solar-drying plant to make fertiliser out of sludge from
Wanaka's Project Pure wastewater plant.
Fulton Hogan Central Otago regional manager Alan Peacock said
opinion from Luggate and Wanaka residents who visited the
site off the Luggate-Tarras highway yesterday was fairly
''The main area of concern appears to be around the end-use
of the product.
'' ... everyone seemed to think all the other things were
manageable, the visual stuff, any sort of physical things [to
do with the building].''
Others viewed the proposal positively and said it was a
sustainable solution to getting rid of the accumulating
stockpiles of sludge in the region, Mr Peacock said.
Fulton Hogan would have to acquire land and air discharge
consents from the Otago Regional Council and building consent
for the plant from the QLDC, and would be submitting its
consent applications ''imminently''.
Mr Peacock said it was important to distinguish between the
land-use and manufacturing consents.
''This plant could be anywhere and the product could still be
brought here ... [the] land-use consent process would still
have to take place.''
While there was 250ha of neighbouring land available to
Fulton Hogan on which to apply the dried sludge material -
already approved by the landowners, the product could
potentially be used anywhere, he said.
A Luggate Community Association subcommittee formed to make a
decision on behalf of the community on whether it accepts the
proposal or opposes it, will report to residents later this
''If the community [decides] an outright `no' then it would
have to follow the due course of the resource management
process,'' Mr Peacock said.
''All the assurance that we can give them is that any land
use will have to be approved by the regional council.''
Mr Peacock had always anticipated the consent application
would be publicly notified, and said the consultation process
would allow people to access the correct information.
''It's like any issue around health and wellbeing ... I think
there's a lot of emotion involved as opposed to actually
getting facts,'' Mr Peacock said.
''The more people that are involved and actually know about
it, it's better than having 100 people running around in the
dark not knowing the full story.''