It’s time to review our Reserve Management Plans (RMPs) for Whangamatā. Click here to view the draft. 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 Whangamatā RMPs were last reviewed in 2014 and we believe our communities’ needs and expectations of our reserves have changed over this time. For this reason, we are inviting your feedback. 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 Whangamatā Reserve Management Plan provides information about the management of individual reserves in the Whangamatā Community Board area. Consultation is open from Monday 14 December and closes 4pm Monday 15 February. A couple of things being proposed which may be of interest include categorising reserves based on the natural values, cultural heritage, and recreation use. This helps to recognise how the reserve can be used and outlines a management focus. The draft plan also identifies issues and how we can manage individual reserves. People who use our reserves may be aware of other issues or have suggestions on how these can be managed. Some examples for your consideration: Aickin Road Sports Reserve, Whangamatā This reserve provides for active sports and recreation and has infrastructure in place to enable this. The Reserve Management Plan identifies issues with managing demand across multiple sports codes, and issues with pedestrian, carparking and traffic conflict. Michael King Memorial Reserve, Ōpoutere This reserve is named in honour of the renowned historian, author and biographer, Dr Michael King who lived in Opoutere for over 10 years before his death. A memorial plaque and sculpture are installed on the reserve which is used by the community as a place to gather and recreate. Elsinore Close, Whangamatā This reserve is steep with limited opportunities for access. It is currently used for grazing to keep it in a tidy state. The draft Reserve Management Plan suggests that Council could consider the public value and benefit of this reserve with a view to enable future disposal. Williamson Park, Whangamatā Williamson Park is Whangamatā’s premier reserve. It operates under a resource consent relating specifically to events, in place to manage adverse effects on the community. Onemana Beach Reserve, Onemana This reserve occupies the majority of the greenspace adjacent to the beachfront and contributes significantly to the Onemana settlement. There are recorded archaeological sites towards the southern end of the beach. How to have your say: 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. As the Crown advances settlements with iwi regarding the Te Tiriti of Waitangi, some reserves or parts of reserves may be 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. The Whangamatā Reserve Management Plan development has been following the precedent set by the General Policies, Thames & Thames Coast, Coromandel-Colville, and Mercury Bay Plans. This ensures consistency in approach and content and means all RMPs form a larger omnibus of work. Click here for more information. There are a number of ways you can give your feedback: Submit using our online consultation portal here. Email us at email@example.com. Complete a hard copy submission form and post it to us at Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames 3540; or drop it into one of our Whangamatā service centre, 620 Port Rd. Submission forms and hard copies of both draft policies and plans will also be available at our Whangamatā service centre. Once the consultation period is complete, hearings will be held for submitters who wish to be heard. If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Developing a Reserve Management Plan The Reserves Act 1977 requires that Thames‑Coromandel District Council (the Council), as an administering body, prepare this management plan (Section 41). Reserves Act management plans are an important reserve management tool. These management plans are developed in consultation with reserve users, community, and key stakeholder groups, with consideration to current management of a reserve. A management plan will provide for continuity between legislative requirements, council plans and policies, and the day-to-day operation of a reserve. This draft Mercury Bay Reserves Management Plan applies to all reserves in the Mercury Bay area administered by Thames‑Coromandel District Council that are covered by the Reserves Act 1977. Process of preparing this reserve management plan, in accordance with the Reserves Act 1977: April 2018 - Council invites suggestions on reserve management objectives and policies 22 September 2020 - Council approves draft Mercury Bay Reserves Management Plan for public consultation 5 October 2020 - Council calls for submissions on the draft Mercury Bay Reserves Management Plan 7 December - Submissions close Early 2021 - Hearings will be held for those wishing to present in person to Elected Members in early 2021. If you wish to attend a hearing, please let us know as part of your submission. Once hearings have been held, the Mercury Bay Community Board and Council will make recommendations and decisions respectively on the issues raised. Where required, amendments will be made to the individual reserve details and policies. When adopted, this management plan will replace any previously prepared reserve management plan and will be kept under continuous review to ensure that the policies are appropriate and relevant for each reserve.