Half of submissions oppose mine under Waihi
The deadline is fast approaching for submissions on a controversial proposal to mine underneath residential areas of Waihi.
Hauraki District Council has so far received 70 submissions, with about half opposed to Newmont Waihi Gold's Golden Link project that includes the Correnso underground mine.
A handful of submissions are neutral, while the remainder support the consent application.
In August the company announced its intention to mine an ore body, dubbed Correnso, beneath a residential area of Waihi East, upsetting many residents.
Council strategic planning project manager Mark Buttimore said the biggest issues for people were blasting and vibrations.
Almost all submissions thus far have been from individuals; organised groups are expected to file theirs before the Friday deadline.
Mr Buttimore said he would not be surprised if they received a similar number to the Trio underground mine application, which attracted more than 500 submissions.
Newmont has set up a property and community investment policy for homeowners in the Golden Link area that includes buying properties and topping the difference between a price offer and market value.
Professionals real estate Waihi branch manager Peter Sherman said it was probably too early to tell whether the consent application had influenced property prices, but the houses that have sold had been topped up via Newmont's scheme. He couldn't say to what extent they had been topped up.
"I know in the first part of the year, before that top-up scheme got under way, the levels [of sales] were down in proportion to the rest of the town. But I think now that the top-up scheme is getting under way and working we've caught up some of that backlog and [are] getting back on par with the rest of the town."
The council has allowed three weeks to hear submissions from December 3 in Waihi.
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