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Forest companies help reduce Northland road dust

19 February 2016

Two forestry companies have agreed to fund the application of dust suppressant on stretches of roads in Pakotai serviced by their logging trucks.

A meeting was called this week by residents affected by dust on Opouteke and Takitu Roads and a representative of Hancock Forest Management, Whangarei District Council roading manager Jeff Devine, and deputy mayor Sharon Morgan attended. No representative from the other forestry company, Northland Forest Managers, came to the hour-long meeting but apologies were received. About 15 residents were there.

Ms Morgan praised the collaboration between the forestry companies and residents and said work on the two roads, 48km north west of Whangarei, should start in the next few weeks. The council, she said, had agreed to undertake preparation work like getting a digger on site before the suppressant was put down and funded by the forestry companies.

Details of the dust suppression trials and costings were still to be determined.

"The forest companies and the council have agreed with residents to develop a plan for dust suppression and then consult with the residents regarding location, length and appropriateness," Ms Morgan said.

Hancock Forest Management Northland area manager Andrew Widdowson said his company was committed to working with the communities in which it operated. He said Hancock would provide a dust suppressant product.

Source: Story by Imran Ali, Northern Advocate. To read the full story >>