Williamson Park resource consent approved 23 November 2018 The resource consent to hold events at Williamson Park in Whangamata has been released, subject to conditions. Independent Commissioner Paul Cooney has released the decision for RMA2018/203 - Williamson Park which you can view here. There will still be additional layers of compliance required before an event is able to be held. This includes food and alcohol licensing requirements and the obligations of the hireage contract between the promoter and Council as owner of the reserve. The Whangamata Community Board has also drafted a policy to help staff when booking events for Williamson Park which can be viewed here. Our Council applied for resource consent because Williamson Park is a council-owned reserve and the rules relating to festivals and events in our Proposed District Plan have recently been amended, which means a resource consent is now required for any event where 500 or more people gather. Council made an application for a comprehensive consent for 20 daytime and 7 night events per year, for 15 years. There were 191 submissions received and a hearing was held 24 and 25 October. You can view the documentation presented at the hearing here. Appeals must be lodged within 15 working days after receipt of notification of the decision, or any part of the decision to which it relates. To lodge an appeal with the Registrar of the Environment Court, PO Box 7147, Wellesley Street, Auckland. Our Council has a District Events Coordinator, Kirstin Richmond, so if you need any assistance with events, please contact her by calling 07 868 0200.