Fonterra foe must stump up with $96,875

JILL GALLOWAY
Last updated 09:12 25/11/2013

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The sole appellant against Fonterra's expansion of its Pahiatua site has to show he can come up with almost $100,000 or his appeal will be thrown out.

The decision allowing expansion of the plant so it can handle more milk has been appealed by Ross Gillespie to the Environment Court.

But he must come up with security of costs of $96,875. The total is made up of applications for costs filed by Horizons Regional Council, Tararua District Council and Fonterra.

The Environment Court wants security of costs in case Mr Gillespie loses and costs are awarded against him. He has not been available for comment.

Fonterra is looking for $70,000 because it said to the court it would need to pay some witnesses. None of the organisations has lodged an application for costs for their own staff.

Environment Court judge Brian Dwyer directed Mr Gillespie to provide security for costs by the end of the month. If he doesn't, the appeal will be scrapped.

Former Fonterra neighbour Mr Gillespie believed the environment could not tolerate any extra effluent or wastewater and has rejected an Environment Court suggestion he refine his appeal.

Fonterra wants to increase milk powder production with a third dryer able to process 2.5 million litres of milk a day.

Land use and discharge permits from Horizons Regional Council and Tararua District Council for the proposed expansion of Mangamutu Dairy Factory, 2 kilometres west of Pahiatua, were approved by a panel of three commissioners.

Fonterra will spend between $200 million and $250m at the Pahiatua site, most going on a new milk powder dryer and storage area.

It would allow milk to be processed from the eastern side of the North Island. The expansion would mean milk powder processing could be almost trebled.

Most submissions were in favour of the expansion, saying it would bring much-needed economic growth to the region.

The proposal to expand would mean 45 additional long-term jobs and about 600 during the construction phase, which is expected to take 18 months.

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