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Seagull Centre expansion begins in Thames

13 February 2018

The popular Seagull Centre resource recovery shop is expanding so that more items can be diverted from landfill and reused or recycled.

Seagull Centre expansion sod-turning 13 February 2018

(Digging in the rain - L - R: Mayor Sandra Goudie, Seagull Centre Patron and former Coromandel MP Jeanette Fitzsimons, Seagull Centre Business Manager Rick Brown and Thames Community Board Chair Diane Connors)

A vacant Council-owned site between the current Seagull Centre shop on Burke Street and the Thames Refuse Transfer Station will become a Resource Recovery Park that will double the Seagull Centre's operations.

Work has started on a new 180 square metre sorting shed that is being built by Totalspan Kopu. Broadspectrum (whose Thames depot is next door) is doing the site development work, including drainage and another local firm, Pinnacles Civil, is also involved in the construction.

Seagull Centre Business Manager Rick Brown also wants to relocate one or two other buildings to house training facilities and workshop space.

Domestic traffic bound for the Refuse Transfer Station to dump unwanted goods will now be directed through the expanded Seagull Centre where staff will help customers sort out furniture and equipment that can be sold at the centre's shop or reconditioned in the new workshop.

"This is the coal-face of waste management," said Mr Brown at a ceremony this morning to mark the beginning of the build phase of the expansion project.

"It's a no-brainer," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie, who had just bought a china vase from the Seagull Centre shop. "It's something you have to do and this will go from strength to strength," she says.

In addition, the popular Recycle operation which had been helping children and parents recondition donated bikes, will relocate from their current site on the A&G Price property.

Recycle had to shut down in their current location because they were being broken into too often.

The $300,000 Seagull Centre expansion is being funded by central government's waste minimisation fund and a grant from our Council.

The newly expanded Seagull Centre should be operational by about June this year.

The Seagull Centre was set up in 2004 with the key objective of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. For the last 12 years it has been self-funded. In 2017 it won the Sustainability category of the inaugural Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards.

For more information on the Seagull Centre, visit

In Coromandel Town, the Goldmine Reuse Centre fills a similar function. It's been in operation for just over a year at the Refuse Transfer Station site on Hauraki Rd. It is run by the Coromandel Independent Living Trust.

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