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PAPAKURA COURIER, OCTOBER 10, 2012
Residents go into battle
By DUBBY HENRY
Opposed: Drury and Ramarama residents take to the streets to protest against the Stevenson Group's proposed industrial
In essence if you do not
write a submission you
are effectively endorsing
Drury and Ramarama
Protection Society chairman
RURAL residents set to get a mass-
ive industrial project in their back-
yards are going all-out to get their
objections heard -- and to let their
neighbours know the fight is just
Drury, Ramarama and Ararimu
residents took to the streets over
the weekend to protest the proposed
362-hectare Stevenson s Drury
South industrial project and to
drum up support for a clinic to help
people make submissions to Auck-
land Council on the proposal.
The proposed plan change would
rezone a rural flood plain to allow
for medium and heavy industrial
use. The submission period for the
proposal ends next week.
Drury and Ramarama Protection
Society chairman Peter Mathias
estimates at least 90 per cent of loc-
als are against the proposal.
But many have not bothered to
submit because they thought once
Auckland Council accepted the
application it was a done deal , he
The proposal is still in the appli-
cation stage and submissions hear-
ings are expected to be held in early
People need to make their views
known, Mr Mathias says.
In essence if you do not write a
submission you are effectively
endorsing the project.
I am concerned that many people
do not realise the damage they are
causing by doing nothing.
Two further submission clinics
will be held in Drury to help people
express their views for or against
the complex proposal.
The society has also raised
$80,000 of its $180,000 target,
which will fund expert witnesses
and lawyers should the case go
before the Environment Court -- a
scenario Mr Mathias believes is
The society s independent experts
are now trawling through the
5000-page plan change document
and it is also available for perusal at
local libraries and online.
Stevenson Group spokeswoman
Alison Hunter says a range of views
are expected from the submission
process but it would be premature
to guess how much support or oppo-
sition the proposal has.
But she says the chance to create
new jobs and economic benefits has
gained the project significant sup-
port , especially with Papakura s
high levels of youth unemployment
and the need for many locals to
travel further afield for work.
The two-hour submissions clinics
will be held at the Drury Hall on Tui St
today and Monday at 7.30pm.
Submissions close Tuesday.
-- THE PROPOSAL
The proposed Drury South
Industrial Project is a
362-hectare industrial site
stretching from the Stevenson
quarry in Drury to the
It would rezone the Drury
basin, much of which is a
floodplain, for industrial use.
Before the project can begin
four separate plan changes are
required. These are being dealt
with in one application.
As well as two private plan
changes to the Papakura and
Franklin district plans, the
proposal requires a change to
the Metropolitan Urban
Boundary to change the site
from rural to urban and a
change to the Auckland
Council's Regional Air Land and
Water Plan to allow for
increased pollution in the area.
The plan change document
can be seen at libraries or
online at drurysouth.net.nz.
The new northbound on-ramp on
the southern motorway at Papa-
kura opened on Monday, a month
ahead of schedule.
The new on-ramp means motor-
ists coming from Karaka and
Hingaia will no longer need to turn
right in front of oncoming traffic to
join the southern motorway north-
The on-ramp is the first part of a
$35 million project at the Papakura
The project is expected to be
finished by the end of 2013.
Smile and stories will
The soldier who died after falling
overboard into a lake near Waiouru
has been farewelled at an emotional
funeral in Papakura.
Michael Rosco Ross, 29, was
farewelled by family, friends and
his army colleagues at Papakura
Anglican Church on Saturday.
His family said they were still in
disbelief at the loss of their son.
They thanked the army, navy and
police for returning Michael to their
A poem from his Auckland Gram-
mar School friends said Michael
would be remembered for his smile
Private Ross, who was based at
Linton army camp near Palmerston
North, fell overboard during a mili-
tary training accident on Lake
Moawhanga near Waiouru.
His body was found last week
after an eight-day search.
After the funeral his body trav-
elled to Te Paatu marae near Kai-
He was laid to rest there along-
side his grandfather, uncle and
Essay winners named
Congratulations to those younger
readers who entered our
People aged 16 and under were
invited to submit short essays
about relatives who fought at the
Battle of Passchendaele during
World War I.
The contest was organised by
the Passchendaele Society in con-
junction with Suburban Newspa-
pers, publisher of the Papakura
Courier. It was designed to lift
awareness of one of the bloodiest
campaigns of World War I.
Society president Iain Macken-
zie says each entry shows a
meaningful understanding of the
battle and its impact on New
Zealand in particular.
The winners -- Ruben Ross,
Alice Foulds, Jessica Malloy,
Joseph Malloy, Sam Malloy and
Passchendaele Akeroa Hurricane
Bristow -- will take part in a 95th
commemoration ceremony at the
Auckland War Memorial Mu-
seum from 11am until midday on
All entries can be read online at
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