Kopu is well positioned to take advantage of a growing marine servicing industry, situated between three major cities, and on the doorstep of a major recreational fishing playground and regionally and nationally significant aquaculture industry Kopu has the potential to play a major marine servicing/supporting node for the north island with a strategic advantage leveraging off its location, cheaper land, and a well-established supporting industrial area, highly accessible by a large labour force In December 2018 central government through the Provincial Growth Fund approved $270,000 towards a business case began investigating Kopu 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 . IOptions looked at supporting services/industry leveraging off improved wharfing and boat ramp facilities. The Business Case was completed in June 2019 and our Council applied to the PGF for financial support to progress to consentinjg and construction. This was declined and we are currently looking at how we can rescope the project or source other funding. This project sits within Councill's wider "Productivity Plan" aimed at improving the economic outcomes for our District. Some of the outcomes of the is to produce tangible benefits for the community, including employment and improved use of Māori assets. It will focus on ensuring the protection and enhancement of our District’s natural features, while ensuring productive assets can be managed sustainably into the future, considering the potential effects of climate change.. Through market research and feasibility testing, talking to Iwi, key stakeholders, users, marine construction industry and others, the business case provided a robust and realistic investment ready option at a level of detail that provides high degree of certainty. This included design plans, consenting information and on-going overhead costs. Other key objectives of the business case investment objectives, included: Sustainable investment opportunities that are alihged with iwi cultural values. Environmental improvements Adaptive design for climate change Complementary and supporting existing aquaculture industry Well defined infrastructure supporting a range of users Future proofed infrastructure The Kopu Marine Servicing and Business project fulfils a purpose which is will be complementary to the expansion of the Sugarloaf Wharf (led by the Coromandel Marine Farmers Association (CoroMFA) for commercial aquaculture and the Coromandel Gateway project i(led by private investment company Pita St Developments) in Coromandel Town . You can read more about those two projects here. Building business in Kopu - the background Kopu is the gateway (Kaiwhenua) to the Coromandel and is centrally located to three major cities (Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga), New Zealand's two busiest ports and Auckland international airport. This area has the potential to become: A perfect location for small to medium commercial and industrial businesses An attractive service and information centre upon entry to the Coromandel A worthy recreational destination with access to the Hauraki Rail Trail, Waihou River walking trails, the Kopu marine precinct, heritage features (Cooks memorial and old Kopu Bridge (subject to its future) and other recreational facilities (Click on image to open larger version) If you're interested in setting up a business at Kopu or want to talk business opportunities on the Coromandel, email communicationsteam@tcdc,govt.nz Project timeline. 2018 - A feasibility study for Kopu was completed and an application to the central government Provincial Growth Fund for a business case to progress the project was approved. 2015 - Kopu Doing Business Better programme was launched. A working group was established with representation from our staff, NZTA, Waikato Regional Council ,iwi and the Kopu Landowners Association. In conjunction with BECA, a professional services consultancy, it has produced a draft Kopu Develoment concept plan. The draft Kopu Development Concept Plan which has been submitted to Council's Proposed District Plan. 2014 - With input from the Working Group, BECA produced a draft Kopu Development Concept Plan - Stage 1 Report which was presented to Kopu businesses on 5 March 2014 for their comment and submission to the Proposed District Plan prior to 14 March 2014. Thames Community Board submitted to the Proposed District Plan in favor of the concept plan. This concept plan is intended to be a development framework which will form an additional layer of detail to the Kopu to Thames Structure Plan. 2013 - A survey of Kopu business operators was conducted which helped identify infrastructure and service needs and ideas for the Kopu business park upgrade and gateway concept. The survey resulted in the Kopu Concept Plan Analysis Summary.