Sawmilling firm ordered to reduce noise at night

A major Southland company has been served an abatement notice following complaints to the Invercargill City Council.

The longstanding family-owned firm Niagara Sawmilling Company Ltd has been given until August 27 to adhere to the notice.

The notice says the company must reduce all noise from 10pm to 7am and comply with the Invercargill City District Plan.

The notice imposes the conditions on log handling activities, processing plant machinery, on-site vehicle movement, drum debarking plant and movement of containers and equipment at the Kennington site.

The firm has been the subject of several complaints but city council environmental and planning services director Pamela Gare said she had no reason to believe it would not comply with the instructions.

Niagara Sawmilling director Ross Richardson declined to comment.

The document warns the company that failure to comply with the notice could bring prosecution under the Resource Management Act unless there is an appeal.

If Niagara Sawmilling did appeal, their case would then be taken to the Environment Court.

"It's entirely in Niagara's court now," Gare said.

"Our expectation is that they will comply. We have got no reason to believe otherwise."

The company was fined $60,000 in the Environment Court in November 2010 for 15 charges of discharging contaminants into the air and had to produce the plan as a condition of that prosecution.

The Southland Times