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Help us with our journey towards sustainable coastal communities

05 August 2019

We are reaching out to our communities to glean stories and knowledge about our coastal environment to help with our milestone coastal management project.

Following on from the adoption of our Coastal Management Strategy and Coastal Hazards Policy in 2018, our Council is now developing Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs). This is a three-year project to  define, in general terms, the flooding and erosion risks to people and the social, cultural, economic and natural environment across all parts of our coastline over the next century and beyond.

As we develop these plans, we have a valuable opportunity to understand our coastal environment more holistically, including the connections between people, catchments and waterways, landscapes, estuaries and beaches.

We will be examining the interaction between the way in which the coast behaves and is likely to evolve, and the way in which the coast is used and valued in each community.

And that’s why we need to hear from you.

Our communities are invited to a series of outreach meetings during August where you can hear about the SMP process and engage in discussion about your coastline.

Each SMP will:
• be specific to a stretch of coast
• identify what’s at stake and why
• consider a number of different future scenarios of how coasts and communities may change
• set objectives for the management of the coastal environment
• be action-oriented and clearly link the actions of today with those we might need to take in the future
• work through viable solutions
• plot a course towards those solutions, making sure we use our collective knowledge and observations of the coast to keep track of our progress and enable a change of course if necessary.

In May, our Council appointed a consortium led by international consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV to support the development of our Shoreline Management Plans.

While plans to deal with coastal change have previously been developed in a couple of other locations in New Zealand, the work our Council is doing is distinct in that we are developing SMPs across our whole district through active involvement of all key community stakeholders along our beautiful yet fragile coastline.

Our Council’s operations group  manager Bruce Hinson says SMPs are one of the proactive steps our Council is taking in response to the challenge of climate change for our communities, ensuring we are engaged, prepared, protected and safe in the long-term..

"Over the next three years, with your  valued input, capturing learning from SMP practices locally and internationally and our legislative requirements, we will produce SMPs that cover the entire Thames-Coromandel coast,” Mr Hinson says.

"This is your coast. We believe that by striving together to create resilient coastal environments we will ensure thriving coastal communities long into the future.

“Come and learn and help us contribute to a sustainable coastal future.”

Read more about what’s involved with our Coastal Management Strategy here.

Join us at a meeting near you

  • Thames: Thames Civic Centre - Monday, August 12, 12:30pm-1.30pm
  • Te Puru: Te Puru Community Hall - Monday 12 August, 5:30pm-6.30pm
  • Colville: Colville Community Hall - Tuesday 13 August, 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Coromandel Town: TCDC Coromandel Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town - Wednesday 14 August, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Kuaotunu: Luke's Kitchen - Saturday 17 August, 9:30am-10:30am
  • Whitianga: Whitianga Town Hall - Saturday, 17 August, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Tairua: Tairua Country Club - Saturday 24 August, 10:30am-11.30am
  • Whangamata: TCDC Whangamata Service Centre, 620 Port Rd, Whangamata - Saturday 24 August,  2pm-3pm