Reserves are much-loved features of our district, providing opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where we can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends. Our Thames and Thames Coast RMP was last reviewed in 2006 and we believe our communities’ needs and expectations of our reserves have changed over this time. Consultation to review this was undertaken from 12 July - 6 September 2019. Hearings will be held 5 November for submitters who advised they wanted to speak to their submission. We adopted a new General Policies in May 2019 that sets out aims, objectives and policies which will apply to all Council reserves in the district. The draft Thames and Thames Coast Reserves: Management Plan provides information about the management of individual reserves in the Thames Community Board area, which stretches from Waikawau Bay in the north, through the communities of Te Mata, Tapu, Waiomu, Te Puru, Thornton Bay, Ngarimu Bay, Tararu, Thames, the Kauaeranga Valley, Totara, Kopu, Matatoki, Puriri and south to Hikutaia. A couple of things proposed included categorising reserves based on the natural values, cultural heritage, and recreation use. This helps to identify type of use and management focus. The draft plan also identifies issues and how we can manage these. For example, we have identified a lack of shade in the northern section of Porritt Park and therefore we can investigate options for providing additional shade for park users. As the Crown advances settlements with iwi on breaches of the Te Tiriti of Waitangi, some reserves or parts of reserves previously included in 2006 Thames and Thames Coast RMP are subject to settlement processes. Council is not undertaking a review of the RMPs for these parcels of reserve land and separate individual RMPs will be prepared through a process established post‑settlement. Further information can be found here. RMPs are a legal requirement under the Reserves Act 1977 and our Council is required to prepare RMPs for all reserves, except local purpose reserves. We have adopted the Coromandel-Colville RMP in May 2019, which you can view here. We have begun reviewing the RMPs for the Mercury Bay, Tairua-Pauanui and Whangamata areas and public consultation is likely to occur towards the end of 2019. For more information about the reserve management plan reviews, please click here.