Whangamata Community Board Meeting Highlights 06 December 2012 The highlights from today's Whangamata Community Board Meeting District Plan Review update for board Changes proposed to the District Plan and how it might relate to Whangamata and surrounds were discussed by the board and our District Plan team today. Members were asked to provide feedback particularly on certain changes including proposed heritage buildings, a relaxation of rules around colour of houses in the new 'coastal living' zone and more. The board was presented with a list of five buildings proposed as historic heritage according to an independent heritage expert, including Whangamata Surf, Whangamata Community Church, Whangamata Cinema, the former Tairua State Forest Service HQ and a residence in Opoutere. TCDC Policy Planner Bruce Baker told the board the list was "dabbing the toe in Whangamata heritage" but a good starting point. Outstanding landscapes in the draft plan include areas of Onemana and Opoutere, which would have specific rules protecting landscape values. Another concern are wetlands and other areas that contain our biodiversity, and the draft plan proposes protection for significant natural areas on public land only and private land by agreement. Anyone can comment on the draft and we want to hear your thoughts. Find out how. You can make comment from now until January 31. An open day has already been hosted in Whangamata but you can still attend one at Tairua Library Saturday 19 January 9am to 12 noon and at the Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club, Monday 14 January 2013, 4 -6pm. Whangamata creative grant recipients announced What would summer on the Coromandel Peninsula be without the annual Whangamata Summer Festival? Organisers received a $1,332 grant that will help make this year's festival (27 December - 7 January) another great Council-supported creative community event. Whangamata map presented by Enterprise Whangamata Enterprise Whangamata forwarded a late application to the board for a $1000 contribution toward the cost of a new town map. The remaining costs are being funded by membership fees. The map features street names, reserves, shops, bars and cafes, boat ramps and mountain bike trails around the town. It was presented to the board for consideration under the Community Grant scheme. The board retained $5000 for late applications and approved the request. View the board's work programme for 2012-13 This forms the priorities for the Community Board in the coming year and has been developed by staff based on priorities identified in community plans or issues of concern in the board's area. It's developed in accordance with the Ten Year Plan for 2012-2022, which is consulted on every three years and highlights priorities for spending on projects. See what's in store next year by viewing the agenda link to the top of this page. Summertime is here and 'summertimes' is coming All ratepayers will soon recieve our Summertimes 2012-13 magazine, which this year includes the Our Coromandel Summer edition at the back half of the magazine. It's packed with Council, Community Board and local news and was put together by our Communications Team and Destination Coromandel. Make sure you keep a copy at the bach this summer if you have friends coming to stay as it contains loads of useful information about rubbish collection times and dates, what to see and do on the Coromandel and tips on everything from saving water to enjoying our network of walks. Do your Christmas shopping in Whangamata and win! Shop locally in Whangamata until 24 December and you could win thousands of ‘whanga dollars’ in prizes to spend at participating shops around town. Enterprise Whangamata created the competition as an incentive for locals and bach owners to shop locally. More than 60 Whangamata shops are participating in the ‘Whanga Dollar’ Shop to Win promotion. “It showcases all the fantastic goods and services on offer in Whangamata and supports the local economy, as well as reinforcing Whangamata as a friendly shopping experience with plenty of choice at competitive prices,” says Enterprise Whangamata's Chris Coombes. Customers receive one ticket for every $50 spent and by putting this into one of seven receiving boxes around town, can win up to $5000 in prizes. Winners must be present at the prize draw on Christmas Eve to receive the 'Whanga Dollar' prize and these dollars must be spent with participating retailers. Find out more at Enterprise Whangamata's website here. Need more information? Contact your Community Board Chair Keith Johnston.