A community liaison group would be set up if Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd decides to build a cement plant at Weston.
The company is expected to apply for resource consents early next year and decide in 2008 whether to go ahead with the project.
Holcim’s strategy and development general manager Paul Commons said the company had a policy of setting up community liaison groups wherever it had a major presence.
If the Weston projectwent ahead, a community liaison group made up of keycommunity representatives would be established and have an ongoing role.
"This also gives Holcim a chance to become involved in community activities," he said.
Holcim is investigating establishing a $200 million plant on a site about 3km west of Weston. It would employ about 120 people in the plant and associated quarrying facilities.
The plant would occupy between 30 and 40ha, be about 1km long and 360m wide with a main stack about 100m high.
It would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the favoured option is to rail cement by reinstating the former Weston branch line to either Port Chalmers or Timaru port.