"We are committed to environmentally and socially sustainable aquaculture development" Recent project background December 2010 - As part of a briefing to the incoming Council on the growth potential of the aquaculture industry in this region and the infrastructure issues that this growth would create, a discussion document was tabled that canvassed the issues regarding the potential sites for aquaculture development, but did not make any recommendations about the preferred site. 25 March 2011 - The Te Kouma residents met with Council representatives to discuss the issues raised in the discussion document. It was decided to investigate a wide range of options and locations for the potential new wharf. April 2011 - Council made a decision to support the development of the aquaculture industry – and that it would be prepared to lead the development of an 'location options report', business plan and resource consent application for the provision of additional wharfing infrastructure. The work to develop the next options report was undertaken by the Aquaculture Development Project Manager for the Hauraki-Coromandel Development Group. December 2011 - January 2012 - The initial options report was completed and various stakeholders and affected parties were given copies of the report and briefed. The Hauraki-Coromandel Development Group's Aquaculture Development Project Manager has recommended in his report that the most cost-effective and environmentally sensitive option is for a wharf extension be built at the existing Sugarloaf facility. The options report was due to go to the late February Council meeting for elected members to make a decision on the location, however after a resident's meeting with affected parties from Te Kouma (the settlement closest to Sugarloaf), we have agreed to delay the report going to the February Council meeting until the next meeting which is 18 April 2012. This is to allow Te Kouma residents to discuss the report at their AGM during Easter 2012. At the same time, we have agreed with Te Kouma residents to undertake some more work on the "windy point" (Puhi Rare) option identified in the report. This work, as well as the written submissions from Te Kouma residents will be presented to the Council meeting in April with a final recommendation. April 2012 - At its Council meeting held on 18 April 2012, the Council selected Sugarloaf as its preferred location for an expansion to the wharf and boat ramp. Sugarloaf is an existing facility located just south of Coromandel Town. Next steps 2013: Development of a business plan for the Sugarloaf development General project milestones January - March 2012: Continued consultation with stakeholders and the development of a secondary report investigating further details for a 'windy point' (Puhi Rare) option (a request by Te Kouma residents) Early April 2012: Development of a final Council report and recommendation 18 April 2012: Council decision on the location of the wharfing infrastructure or decides against proceeding with the project Mid-2013: A business plan is developed outlining more specific design and engineering options for the wharf (costs, designs, plans, options etc). Late 2013: Council makes a decision on the business plan Late 2013: Council applies for a resource consent (notified) for the construction of the wharf If the consent is granted, the time-frames for the construction of the wharf would be dependent on the resource consent process or appeals and when the industry decide they want to proceed with construction. Download this illustration, which is a good representation of a typical resource consent process. Funding Some key points which are critical for people to understand: The resource consent application will be paid for by the aquaculture industry through either fees and charges for the use of the wharf or an industry levy of some kind. We are applying for the consent on their behalf because of our interest in economic development and our knowledge of our district plan and resource consent processes. If a wharf is built, it will be paid for by the industry through either fees and charges for its use or an industry levy of some kind. Options for part-funding the wharf from regional and central government will also be more fully explored if a resource consent is issued. Ten Year Plan Aquaculture and economic development are prominent themes in the draft 2012-2022 Ten Year Plan, which is entering into the public consultation phase at the end of February. Budget for this project is in the draft Ten Year Plan. Stay in touch Subscribe to our 'aquaculture' eNewsletter to stay in touch with this project as it progresses through the various stages.