Final call for grant applications, dog registrations, survey feedback, nominations and dune planting sessions 29 July 2022 Stay in the know with the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our district. SMP Project team delivers international presentation Our Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) Project Lead Amon Martin spoke by invitation this month at the World Climate Research Project’s Sea Level Conference in Singapore. The conference hosted leading climate experts who shared the latest science behind sea level rise projections, while other global participants shared their own community approaches to protecting lives, properties and assets in coastal environments. “It was invaluable to get a deeper understanding of the certainty, and also the areas of uncertainty, that underpin the latest science on sea level rise,” says Amon. “This is the science that is informing our decisions here at home and it’s critical that we use it to think about how to reduce uncertainty as we plan for our future in the Coromandel.” Amon presented an overview of our Council’s three-year Shoreline Management Plan project to the conference, receiving feedback that the detailed work done over the SMP project adheres to best global practice. Amon was supported by the project’s co-chairs Paul Majurey and David Taipari. “What we’re doing here in the Coromandel isn’t in isolation from the rest of the world, I had discussions with many community leaders from around the world who are grappling with the same challenges and hazards,” says Amon. “Compared to others who are already needing to build physical protection structures, because their cities are built right on the shoreline, we have an opportunity to plan our future development and densities more carefully to take into account the expected hazards,” he says. The Shoreline Management Plans for each section of our coastline are currently being finalised and will be presented to our Council in September for adoption. Go to tcdc.govt.nz/smp for more information. Freedom camping: Allow? Restrict? Prohibit? We’re reassessing what Council-managed and owned areas around the Coromandel can support freedom camping, and we want your feedback on it. Our Council welcomes responsible freedom campers who are here to explore all the wonderful things the Coromandel has to offer. To make sure everyone gets a fair chance to enjoy the scenery and amenities such as car parking at popular locations, we need to make sure we have some practical rules in place. That’s why we’d like you to have your say on the draft Freedom Camping bylaw. Our consultation runs from 29 July to 2 September. Go to tcdc.govt.nz/freedomcampingbylaw for more. Going Boating? Find out about our new payment system We’re launching a new, easy-to-use payment system for boat ramps and trailer parking. From 1 August 2022, you’ll be able to pay by scanning a QR code at the boat ramp using your mobile phone. We’ll have signage at the boat ramps to provide you with instructions, but rest assured, it’s easy to use. Boaties can still pay fees at our Council offices and some supporting retail outlets around the district. More details are coming soon, so watch this space tcdc.govt.nz/boatramps for updates on the new QR code system and outlets where you can pay in person. Existing fees will remain in place until Sunday 31 July 2022. Our Economic Development update Good news for marine infrastructure, plus more business news and information in our latest update. Construction will now be full steam ahead on the Kōpū Marine Precinct Project with our Council signing off for contractors to proceed with the multi-million dollar build, which includes a commercial slipway, commercial wharf and pontoon and haulage access area, a new public recreational boat ramp, parking area, along with a new access road (King Street) linking Queen St and Kōpū Quay. Read more about what’s been happening in Economic Development at our Council here. Coastal restoration season coming to an end There are just over four weeks left in the 2022 coastal restoration season. So far, we have achieved 16 planting bees in our district, restoring front dunes and back dunes, removing exotic species and reintroducing native plants. We would like to thank all those who have volunteered their time over the past few weeks. We still need help for the final few in Whangamatā, Hot Water Beach and Cooks Beach. RSVP here. Candidate information If you missed our candidate information sessions at the start of July, you can watch it here. Nominations received as at 9am, Friday 29 July 2022: Councillor candidates: Coromandel-Colville ward - John Morrisey South Eastern ward - Terry Walker and Gary Gotlieb Thames ward - Robyn Sinclair and Peter Revell Community Board candidates: Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board - Warwick Brooks Whangamatā Community Board- Dave Ryan and Neil Evans Funding HQ workshop It was a pleasure to host Jenni Giblin from Funding HQ in our district this week. Over 50 participants attended to learn about raising funds for their community projects. “Jenni is a fantastic communicator and made the whole subject of fundraising engaging and interesting,” said one of the participants. - tcdc.govt.nz/fundinghq. Rates Rebates Clinics Applications for the 2022/2023 rates rebate year from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) are now available. Rebates are calculated by the DIA, dependent on the amount of your household income and rates payable for the year. The maximum rebate this year has increased to $700. Do you need help applying? We are holding rates rebates clinics again this year. For more information see tcdc.govt.nz/ratesrebate or call 07 868 0200. Rebel Business School workshop Click here for more information. Closing soon Click for more information. Sunday 31 July: Community Board grant applications Dog registrations Rubbish and recycling survey Friday 5 August: Nominations for our Community Service Awards John William Hall Arboretum, Thames planting day - Join us and Kauri 2000 tomorrow, Saturday 30 July from 9am at the top of Mount Pleasant Rd. Compactors - We've had to remove the compactor at Kūaotunu boat ramp for repair. The Coroglen compactor is back in action. Tuateawa Road works - The road closure will be finished this afternoon, however some works will continue next week under stop/go traffic management. Whangapoua Playground - The Whangapoua playground on Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia Reserve is closed until Friday 26 August while the upgrade takes place. Consent tracker offline - Consent tracker is offline while we do some much needed maintenance and upgrades. Other news Want to work with us? We are currently recruiting a range of roles here. Coastcare Waikato are also looking for an East Coast Restoration Coordinator to join their team. Registrations open for ShakeOut’s tenth anniversary earthquake drill. Free St John Mental Health First Aid courses in Whangamatā, Thames & Whitianga next week. Meetings & Community Board Updates 1. Resolves to retain the current freehold unencumbered status of the land at 101 Lindsay Road, Whangamatā pending further consideration post receipt from the Whangamatā Community of a Business Case to retain the land for community use.