Thursday, 20 September 2018

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Coroglen sale yards to become public reserve

Coroglen sale yards to become public reserve

Plans are well underway to ensure the site of the old Coroglen sale yards remain available for public use. Thames Coromandel District Council has already secured two parcels of land both sides of State Highway 25 that was part of the sale yards (in size just under half a hectare). A working committee, made up of community members, TCDC staff and members of the Mercury Bay Community Board, has been set up to look at ways the land can be developed.

"Due to its special place in Coromandel's history, we talked to Wrightsons, who used to own the sale yards, about the possibility of transferring the land back to the community. We know this area has always been the heart of the Coroglen community,” said Thames Coromandel District Council mayor Glenn Leach.

TCDC made $95,000 available in its draft annual plan for development of the land. A concept development plan is available for viewing at The Coroglen Tavern and members of the public are welcome to provide their comments to TCDC. The concept plan makes provision for preservation of some of the stock pens and the sale yard’s lunch and administration huts, signage explaining the history of the sale yards, car parking, picnic and BBQ areas, walking tracks and easy access to the Waiwawa river.

An idea has also been floated for a potential footbridge across the Waiwawa River (next to the one-lane vehicle bridge), but no funding for that has been allocated from any source and the New Zealand Transport Agency will have to be approached for their consent.

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