Haast Hollyford Highway Ltd director Durham Havill is
confident the proposed road on its own could ''easily'' draw
close to one million visitors a year to the West Coast;
double the current total tourist numbers to the region.
About 150 scientists scoured Denniston Plateau at the weekend
in the dead of night, and during a storm, in the hope of
finding new species that could help derail plans by
Perth-based Bathurst Resources to mine the plateau.
The chairman of Pike River Coal said yesterday he was
"horrified" at a litany of safety incidents at the West Coast
mine, but could offer no meaningful explanation as to why
they never reached his ears before the tragedy last November.