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Winton Stock Feed plans to
relocate to accommodate recent
growth that's seen it emerge as
the country's second biggest
player in the molasses market.
The company has applied for
resource consent to develop new
premises at a 7.3ha site on State
Highway 6 just south of Winton -
significantly bigger than the 1.6ha
it now occupies nearby.
Operations manager Pierre
Neame said the company got into
the importation and reselling of
molasses about eight years ago
and had expanded that market
rapidly ever since.
In line with that change in focus,
it sold the grain feed side of the
business to CRT three years ago
and the current site along with it.
Winton Stock Feed is now
the second biggest molasses
importer and supplier in the
country, importing to seven ports
throughout the country. It's biggest
consumer is the dairy industry.
The company had endured
significant "growing pains"
during the past eight years as it
continually expanded its North
Island operations. While the
growth had been huge, many
Southlanders probably had no
idea because, until now, there had
been little visible evidence of that
locally, he said.
"If you drove through Winton you
However, the company now had
a depot at or nearby every port it
imported into and orders came to
the Winton office from throughout
The resource consent application
for its new premises was publicly
notified last week. Among the
proposed developments are
sheds, a yard and a covered
molasses storage pond measuring
up to 92.4m by 66.6m with a
maximum height of 5m above
"It's a fair old project," Mr Neame
The site is located directly behind
another new development on
the outskirts of town that has
recently become the new base
for Sinclair Transport, Central
Southland Freight and Russell
Jack Contracting and, if given the
go-ahead, will anchor the area as
a significant industrial park.
Submissions to the resource
consent application close on
Winton firm on
By Kirsty Macnicol
Construction has begun on
Southern REAP's (Rural Education
Activities Programme) new head
office in Winton.
The single-storey building is
being built in Great North Road
and, once finished, is aimed to
be both the "Mothership" for the
organisation as well as a focal
point for the community.
Manager Dawn Brocks said in
addition to the organisation's core
requirements, a key development
would be a community room fitted
out with all the latest technology
and capable of things such as
It would be a facility all members
of the public would be able to
Southern REAP has been
in operation for about 28
years offering educational
opportunities to rural communities
-- everything from parenting
classes to computer courses for
grandparents. It also prides itself
on collaboration with various other
organisations "for the benefit of
our rural communities".
Now with a staff of 21, it has
offices in Winton, Queenstown and
The new headquarters has been
on the cards for a while, awaiting
the "right time" which everyone
involved agrees is now.
Although the cost has not been
disclosed, it's being funded
by the profits from a sale of a
Queenstown property some time
ago. That office had appreciated
significantly in value and the
money was put aside for a future
head office in Winton and an
upgrade of REAP's Gore office.
The organisation now works from
leased premises in Queenstown.
Ms Brocks said the various
areas of construction had
been put out to tender and the
successful builder was Donaldson
Construction Limited whose
tradesmen began work on January
17. Project management has been
contracted to Arrow International.
It's hoped the building will be
ready to move into by late June or
Building of 'Mothership' begins
Work begins on Southern REAP's new Winton head office. Pictured (from left) are Arrow International construction
manager Leith Swinney, engineer Darryl Kensington and Donaldson Construction carpenter Mark Forbes while the
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