Joint working group established for Graham's Creek flood protection work 13 June 2014 We've established a joint working group in conjunction with the Waikato Regional Council to manage flood protection issues relating to Graham's Creek and the Tairua-Manaia Rd causeway on the Coromandel Peninsula. The group will refine and finalise the current work plan. Our Council set aside $500,000 in our 2014-2015 draft Annual Plan towards upgrading the Manaia Road causeway bridge. Following deliberatons that figure has now increased to $620,000, which will be signed off by Council on 25 June. Meanwhile the Waikato Regional Council has set aside $600,000 in its 2014-2015 Annual Plan towards flood management improvements around Graham's Creek. The funding is conditional on both councils agreeing to the scope of the final work. The work is also subject to a landowner giving access where flood improvements are due to take place. “The establishment of the working group is a chance to get key people together to finalise what work will be done based on the council proposals," says Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Glenn Leach. “It’s going to take some focused work over the next few months with the aim of starting construction this coming financial year," says Mayor Leach. “Both councils are committed to getting on with this work, which follows extensive consultation over a number of years," says regional council’s Hauraki-Coromandel manager Julie Beaufill. “We and TCDC have taken a major step in agreeing to fund our parts of the work and there is a good level of community support to get something done”. The working group will be made up of staff and councillors from both councils, and community representatives.