[17 May/The Country]

The Otago Daily Times understands the Clutha District Council (CDC) and Plaman Resources have discussed a possible application to the billion-dollar Provincial Growth Fund to help fund a controversial mining proposal. Plaman Resources wants to mine up to 500,000 tonnes of diatomite a year from its Foulden Hill site near Middlemarch but is awaiting approval from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to buy a neighbouring farm. Part of the mining proposal includes a $36.8million processing plant near Milton. Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan could not be contacted and Plaman Resources did not respond to a request for comment.