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Mangrove Management Bill open for public submissions

Coromandel Peninsula | Wed February 07, 2018

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TCDC has put in a submission in support of the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki District Council Mangrove Management Bill.

The submission supports the bill in its entirety, stating that the current regime is not working because it is time-consuming, costly, divisive and has damaged relationships between communities and local authorities. 

The bill, which would allow communities in the District and Hauraki District, to draft their own mangrove management plans is before a Parliamentary Select Committee and you can put in a submission on it.

The bill is in the name of Coromandel MP Hon Scott Simpson and is proposed to be the tool to provide for a community-based process, allowing both councils to implement a plan that reduces mangrove growth to acceptable levels to improve any access, recreation, amenity, or ecosystem values.

"This is great news for community empowerment," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. "People are getting a chance to have their say on how mangroves can be managed in our area. Our local MP Scott Simpson lobbied for public submissions to be taken until the end of this month," says Mayor Sandra.

Mayor Sandra said the bill is acting on behalf of both the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki communities who are disenchanted with the process when it comes to getting consent for mangrove removal, which has been costly, and time-consuming.

"In Whangamata since the early 2000s there's been massive community concern about the spread of mangroves and its impact on the Whangamata Harbour and to date that process has consumed over a decade in time and in excess of $1.5M in costs," says Mayor Sandra.

The Whangamata Community Board has created a submission template which is available at the following community hub locations:

·         Whangamata i-SITE

·         Whangamata Library

·         Whangamata Area Office

·         Whangamata RSA

·         Te Titoki Golf Course

·         Whangamata Ocean Sports Club

·         Thames Area Office

·         Thames Library

These hard copy submissions will be collected on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Online submissions can be made by 23 February 2018 via the Parliamentary website.

Parliament’s Governance and Administration Committee will be considering the bill.

"We encourage people with views on the draft legislation to share these with the committee," says Committee Chairperson Brett Hudson. “It’s important that we hear the public’s views on this bill, especially those from people in the Thames-Coromandel area, so that the committee can make well-informed decisions about what, if any, changes that are necessary to improve the bill.”

Check out www.tcdc.govt.nz/mangrovelocalbill for more information.

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