Harbour facilities around the Coromandel need to be upgraded as we prepare for higher visitor numbers and increased usage of wharf and boat ramp facilities by both recreational and commercial users. Developing the infrastructure to allow for a fast ferry from Auckland will also have major economic benefits for the entire Coromandel District. We've got a number of projects on-the-go around the Coromandel Harbour to upgrade our boat ramps and wharves as we prepare for more visitors and growing recreational and commercial use. Expanding and improving our harbour facilities in a safe and sustainable manner will help cater for growth in our aquaculture and tourism industries - with significant economic benefits for our district. Here's the latest updates: Hannafords Wharf Work has been completed to repair sections of the Hannafords Wharf footpath, damaged after a storm in July 2018. The path and retaining has now been reopened in time for the busy summer period Sugarloaf Wharf In December 2018, central government through its Provincial Growth Fund approved $558,000 towards a business case looking at expanding the current facility to help commercial aquaculture production increase. The PGF application was made by the Coromandel Marine Farmers (CoroMFA). Coromandel produces around 26 per cent of New Zealand greenshell mussels and 24 per cent of Pacific oysters, but current wharf infrastructure will limit the ability to meet demand. Production is expected to double over the next 10-15 years, creating 550 new jobs, so this investment will help the industry get match fit for those emerging opportunities.. Coromandel Wharf Concept designs and user needs have now been considered for the replacement of the section that was damaged and had to be removed following the January 2018 storm. Pricing is now being sought to determine the project budget for approval by our Council. We are working with Patukirikiri iwi and other interested parties to look at the future of the Patukirikiri Reserve area including the boat ramp, berthage and haul out facilit Meanwhile, The Pier Trust, a Charitable Trust, is proposing the development of a "pier" extending out from Coromandel Wharf. This was first mooted by the late Driving Creek founder and well-known artist Barry Brickell, with a project team now facilitating this vision. The vision is that the pier will extend our wharf into the deep water of the Coromandel Harbour. At 1.2 km it will be the longest pier in the country and the second longest in the Southern Hemisphere. It will have a railway on it, will be drivable, cyclable and walkable. It will enhance the character of the town and will have cultural, social and economic benefits https://coromandelpier.wordpress.com/ Port Charles Wharf Repairs have been completed but further work is needed in the next 12-24 months to renew some of the structural elements of the wharf. The wharf is safe for public use. Coromandel Marine Gateway Project In December 2018 the Provincial Growth Fund approved $93,850 towards a business case looking at the feasibility of developing a large marine facility to increase capacity and overall safety for recreational users and ferry and charter boats proposed to be built on the existing 7ha of underutilised land bordered by Pita Street, Furey’s Creek and Strongman Road.. The application was made by Pita St Developments, a commercial company that is looking to develop a marine facility, with potential for a commuter ferry service between Coromandel Town and Auckland. You can read more on this project here. Marine and Harbour Facilities Strategy This was adopted by Council in December 2017. The Strategy sets out a long-term plan for the boat ramps, wharves and jetties across the District and will help inform our 2018-2028 Long-Term Plan (specifically in relation to our marine and harbour assets and facilities). It takes into account health and safety, access, growing visitor demand and potential funding partnership opportunities. The Strategy has an Action Plan, which includes: Prioritising upgrades of facilities from a district-wide perspective Identifying the most appropriate initial and on-going funding mechanism for each facility (user-pays, partnership models). Developing a funding strategy, which creates opportunities for specific investment and joint ventures. Work with private owners, government organisations, iwi to resolve and clarify ownership and consenting anomalies in relation to existing facilities. Work with interested parties on appropriate marine/habour development at Coromandel Harbour You can read the Marine and Harbour Facilities Strategy here. Coromandel Stakeholders Working Group The Coromandel Harbour Stakeholders Group is called upon to update and discuss progress on specific projects when required. The Stakeholders Group was established in 2015 and is made up of members from the community, iwi, businesses, local and regional government, recreational fishers, aquaculture and environmental groups. The group's role is to give feedback and make recommendations.