Call for dune-planting volunteers and coastal projects update 27 May 2020 Our dune planting restoration programme is back-in-action after the lockdown period, with thousands of plants ready to be planted on beaches across our east coast. Photo: Opito Bay - planted with sand-binding plants to help build up our dunes. “The good news is, Coastlands Plant Nursey held and nurtured the plants during the lockdown, so they have grown and are in pristine condition for planting,” says our coastal restoration coordinator Tanya Patrick. We have 30,000 plants ready to be planted across the Coromandel by Labour Weekend in October and we’re looking for volunteers to help. If you want to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Our Council is proud to be part of the Coastcare partnership, alongside the Waikato Regional Council (WRC), Department of Conservation (DOC) and iwi, working in with beach care and ratepayer groups to protect and restore our coast. "Our sand dunes have really bounced back after the small amounts of rain we've had, and with many people out walking and enjoying our beaches during the lockdown, they gained a new appreciation for our dunes," Ms Patrick says. “The dunes protect land and properties from erosion and storms, and on many of our beaches, sand dunes are also natural habitats for native species of birds such as the dotterel," she says. Please respect and help protect our dunes by staying off them and using marked accessways to get on to the beach, rather than trampling over the plantings. People can also help by not driving on beach reserves or the dunes and not leaving rubbish on the beach. Coastal Panels - we need you Our Council is now looking for volunteers to join four Coastal Panels that will help inform our Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) around our Thames-Coromandel coastline. We are also in discussions with local iwi about the process. These panels will be set up to cover our coastline in the following areas: • Thames and Thames Coast • Coromandel Town Coast to Kennedy Bay • Whangapoua Harbour and Mercury Bay • South-East Coast (including Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata) Panels will be advisory and will work together to come up with community-led, coastal adaptation solutions. Membership of each of the four Panels will be made up of a cross-section of society, comprising of mana whenua, Community Board, community organisations, citizens and business. It's intended the Coastal Panels will provide a fair and balanced representation of the relevant viewpoints about the future of our coastal environment. They will be asked to work together to identify the risks on their local coasts and propose policies and actions to address these. The panels will have access to the relevant expertise required along the way and will be guided by a sequence of steps and key questions set out by the Ministry for the Environment. The ultimate goal is a Shoreline Management Plan for each area that is robust, feasible, and supported over time. Here’s how to get involved with our panels If you would like to get involved, download the expression of interest form, for the panel you wish to join, from this page here. Send your completed form to email@example.com Expressions of interest close on June 11, 2020. Nominations received will be considered by a strategic advisory group, who will identify a short-list of members. It is intended that final Coastal Panel membership will be endorsed by Council at the June 2020 meeting and that Coastal Panels will hold their first meetings in July. Coastal newsletter out now Our latest Coastal Newsletter is available here or at one of our Council service centres. In this, you’ll find an update on what we’ve been working on as part of our three-year, Shoreline Management Plan project, as well as a look at the timeline of work ahead. We have also uploaded a factsheet ‘Who does what in the coastal environment’, exploring some of the differences in fuction under the Reserve Management Act (1991) between the Waikato Regional Council and our Council. For this and more information on our SMP project visit tcdc.govt.nz/coastal Click to read.