Monday, 16 July 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Share a stake in the sand

Share a stake in the sand

Did you know we have more than 400km of coastline across the Coromandel? It stretches from our white sandy beaches on the east coast, through to the rugged, rocky contrast on the west coast heading up the Thames Coast and on to Coromandel Town.

But historically when it comes to how we manage and protect our coast there’s been an “ad hoc” approach in different areas of the Coromandel, and not an overarching strategy for the entire district.

TCDC are developing a Coastal Management Strategy, which will also help them to advocate on your behalf when dealing with other agencies (including regional council and central government) on policy and funding of coastal management practices into the future.

"We've developed some suggested goals, objectives and actions that we'd love to hear what you think of and what else we should be doing," says Erin Clarke from TCDC's Strategic Planning Team.

The Draft Coastal Management Strategy covers five themes.

1. Natural environment/amenity. Looking at how Council maintains estuaries, rivers and the health of our aquifers (groundwater).  Also focusing on healthy rivers and streams.

2. Coastal hazards, physical processes and community resilience. This is about making informed choices around how Council responds to changes to the natural coastal systems including erosion, accretion, inundation and tsunami. It’s also about looking at Council's preparedness for natural disasters. They will work closely with Civil Defence, DOC, NZTA, Waikato Regional Council, iwi and other stakeholders.

3. Maori values. This is about recognising tangata whenua’s special relationship with the coast.

4. Recreation, open spaces and access. Ensuring public access to our coastline and rivers is well-maintained, while balancing the impact on the natural environment. This also takes into account events and commercial activities in coastal open spaces.

5. Community assets and infrastructure. Ensuring we have high quality, fit-for-purpose infrastructure that is in keeping with the coastal environment and takes into account climate change and coastal hazards. It’s also about having a sound understanding of the existing infrastructure assets around the coast.

TCDC welcomes your thoughts on what should be included in the Coastal Management Strategy. Feedback is being taken from 2 October - 18 November 2017.

You can provide feedback by coming to one of their community engagement meetings:

10 October 2017 - 10am-1pm Matarangi Fire Station
10 October 2017 - 3pm - 6pm Coromandel Citizens Hall
11 October 2017 - 10am-1pm Te Puru Hall
12 October 2017 - 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm Thames Civic Centre 
13 October 2017- 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm Whitianga Town Hall
17 October 2017 - 10am-1pm Whangamata Town Hall
18 October 2017 -10am-1pm Tairua Hall
18 October 2017 - 3pm - 6pm Hahei Fire Station

Or go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/cms to fill in a survey and read more.

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