Economic Development Strategy and Productivity Plan underway Please refer to our Economic Development Strategy In December 2018 Council endorsed a Productivity Plan that is the actions to fall out of the ED strategy. The Productivity Plan outlines how we can partner with central and regional government agencies, local councils, industry, iwi (to facilitate Maori economic development) and the community to catalyse a positive change that stretches outside our normal remit as a Council. The Plan is focused on high value opportunities, with five targeted work streams proposed: Land use Land productivity. Connected journeys – roading, data connectivity, water and air transport. Aquaculture Destination management and tourism. The Productivity Plan aims to achieve these objectives through: Improved land use productivity that supports better employment opportunities and corporate investment. Improved spatial planning for the district to support targeted economic growth. Improved roading, blue highway and skyway access to and connectivity around the district. Expansion of aquaculture farming and supporting industries. Improved offering and coordination of the district as a food destination. An off-shoot of the aquaculture work stream in the TCDC Productivity Plan is the Kopu marine servicing facility business case project. This considers the merits of upgrading Kopu to link in with developments within Coromandel Harbour (specifically infrastructure to support commercial aquaculture growth at the Sugarloaf Wharf), as well as complementing a proposal for a new centrally located marina closer to Coromandel Town that would cater for a commuter Ferry from Auckland, 12 charter boats and dry dock boat storage (35 large boats, 180 trailer boats) and marine-side apartments. The business case for Kopu is investigating it as a centre to support marine servicing operations across the Hauraki Gulf, as well as being a connector for water-based tourism opportunities – connecting across the Hauraki Gulf as well as through to the Paeroa Wharf. A feasibility study for Kopu has been completed and we’ve submitted an application to the Provincial Growth Fund for a business case to progress the project. Council’s also approved $300,000 to progress the Kopu Marine Services Facility Precinct Business Case with $270,000 to be funded externally, and $30,000 to be funded from existing Economic Development budgets.