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Bridgestone donates land to Christchurch community

More than one hectare of land is set to be donated to the Christchurch community, following a meeting today between Bridgestone Australia Ltd. and Christchurch City Council.


Bridgestone has agreed to donate a portion of the land surrounding its local manufacturing facility, with final settlement of the donation expected to occur in the first half of next year. The land – which encompasses an area towards the back of the Langdons Road factory site, adjacent to the railway line – will be developed by the Council to incorporate a flood retention pond as part of a wetland area.


According to Ken Oyama, Bridgestone’s Director New Zealand Business, the gifting of land was a way for the Company to thank the local community.


“This donation is made in recognition of the enormous contribution the Christchurch community has made since the factory opened in 1947,” Mr Oyama said.


“As we said at the time of the closure announcement last year, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the local community and all our employees. Their contribution over so many years is to be admired and celebrated.


“We are very pleased the land we have donated will be put to practical use.”

The donated land will be used as a drainage reserve and will have public access. An existing memorial plaque and tree will be left untouched and, once the area of land is named, a new plaque will be dedicated.


Christchurch City Council Mayor Bob Parker said the Council was delighted with the outcome of the meeting with Bridgestone.


“Bridgestone has been a significant part of our community for many years and has provided economic benefits to many local residents over a long period,” Mr Parker said.


“On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank Bridgestone for this generous donation. We will be developing the land into an important wetland area so it will be very well-used.”


Last month Bridgestone New Zealand donated NZ$20,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal to support those affected by the recent earthquake in Christchurch.