Plans for Purangi Reserve and changes to boat ramp permits and parking 27 April 2018 Here is an update about our plans for Purangi Reserve and changes to boat ramp permits and parking in the Mercury Bay Area. Plans for Purangi Reserve The pine trees on the south end of the Purangi reserve, close to the playground, toilet block and neighbouring properties have been identified as senescent (overly mature) and pose a risk to these amenities. "So we're proposing 15-20 pine trees within this reserve be removed in July and in the future all senescent pine trees be removed as part of the Reserve Management process, taking into consideration coastal erosion, wind, view and the Cook 250 celebrations," says Derek Thompson, our Community Facilities Manager. We will also seek advice from our Coastal Engineer around coastal erosion issues. "We would like to re-plant the area with more suitable vegetation, and as part of the upcoming review of the Reserve Management Plans for Mercury Bay we would consider input from the community on future uses of the reserve," says Mr Thompson. Reserve Management Plans under review We are about to start a review of our reserve management plans for Coromandel-Colville, Mercury Bay, Whangamata, Tairua-Pauanui and Thames-Thames Coast. These plans need to be updated every 10 years and so it's time to look at the overall policies and objectives for the management of our reserves. A review of Mercury Bay reserves will begin mid-2018 with consultation on drafts of plan updates likely to be available early-2019. For more information including how you can have your say click here. To view the current Mercury Bay South Reserve Management Plan click here. Changes to boat ramp permits From 1 July 2018 there will be a recreational boat launching/trailer parking permit fee at the Purangi boat ramp following the facility upgrade. The implementation of the fee was postponed due to vandalism of the previously installed honesty box. A new honesty box, along with signage and camera will be installed at the boat ramp and anyone caught vandalising the equipment will be prosecuted. With a new pontoon also now in place at the Matarangi boat ramp, parking fees will also be implemented from 1 July 2018. You can pay at the honesty box on-site, $80 for an annual fee or $10 for a day permit. For a list of where permits can be purchased and more information visit www.tcdc.govt.nz/boatramps. Cathedral Cove car park Grange Road, Hahei During the month of June, pay and display parking will be introduced at the Grange Rd car park, which is the top carpark for access to the Cathedral Cove walk. There will be a flat charge of $15.00 per vehicle with a four-hour time limit. The car park is closed outside of daylight hours all year round and freedom camping is prohibited. From 1 October to 30 April each year the Grange Road car park is a drop-off area only with no parking other than two accessibility parks that have a four hour time limit. Our Council has joined with Go Kiwi to provide a shuttle bus service, through our peak summer holiday period. It runs from the Hahei Visitor car park to the start of the Cathedral Cove walking track at the top of Grange Rd. The Grange Road car park will be open for visitors 1 May - 1 October 2018, free of charge until June 2018. After that time, paid parking will be implemented. To read more about the Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle visit www.go-kiwi.co.nz.