Lots of consultations on the go - still time to let us know what you think 10 January 2020 There’s so many ways you can share your views with us on various topics and projects happening in your neighbourhood. Whether you live in the Coromandel permanently, own a property, or visit regularly, we want to hear from you, to check in that we’re getting a wide ranges of views representative of our diverse communities. To stay up-to date with our consultations see tcdc.govt.nz/haveyoursay or subscribe to our e-newsletter. Here are the consultations currently out for your consideration. S293 Kauri Dieback Management for 'Urban Zones' The Environment Court has directed our Council to run a consultation process proposing new rules relating to Kauri Dieback disease management in the ‘Urban Zones’ within our Proposed District Plan. If you have a kauri tree on or near your property and you live in an urban area, then you’ll be required to get a resource consent and develop a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan for any earthworks, (like building a new fence, putting in a vegetable garden), or for activities like pulling up plants and disposing of them, that occur within a kauri tree’s ‘hygiene zone’. This is the area covered by the tree’s root system and is three times the radius of its canopy. These are just some of the examples of proposed new earthworks rules the Environment Court had directed our Council and Department of Conservation (DOC) to get public feedback on, to look at ways to manage kauri dieback in urban zones of our district in the Proposed District Plan. Submissions close 5pm 24 January 2020. For more information click here. District Sports Plan We’ve been working with Sport Waikato on a district-wide Sport and Active Recreation Plan. The draft plan is ready now for you to have a look and give us your feedback until 31 January 2020. The draft plan looks at existing assets such as playing fields and club rooms, the district’s ageing population, partnerships, financial sustainability and planning for future facilities. It also identified some of our Council projects and how their funding ties into our Long Term Plans. Some examples of these projects are the indoor community pool to replace Thames Centennial Pool, Mercury Bay skate park, the rugby and netball facilities in Tairua, and the investigation of the existing field space in Coromandel Town and along with the potential there for upgrades or additional fields. After consultation closes, the draft plan will be presented to Community Board workshops and meetings. The plan will then go to Council to be adopted as a final document. To view the draft plan and provide your feedback, click here. Whangamata Boardwalk Project We’ve got two proposals for the route of a wooden boardwalk running along Whangamata’s beachfront, which will protect our dune systems and promote better walking access, and we want to hear what option you prefer before 31 January. We also want to hear what you think about the proposed re-alignment of the beach accessways along the Esplanade and any other comments in general about the design. A public drop-in session will be held between 10am-12pm on Monday 27 January, which is Auckland Anniversary weekend, at our Council's Whangamata Service Centre, 620 Port Road. For more details about the boardwalk design and how to give your feedback click here. Our Coromandel Coast Summer Survey In what ways do you love and use our coastline? Where do you feel most connected to? What do you know about the processes that shape our coast? We’ve launched a survey to find out how our residents and visitors value and use our coast. The Coromandel Coast Summer Survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete online and asks questions about what activities you do on our coast (eg surfing, swimming, boating, hiking, gathering shellfish or dog walking), your thoughts on coastal hazards and sea level rise and where you go for information on coastal hazards and risks. This information is important to us, as we're underway with our Shoreline Management Planning (SMP) Project, which is all about developing resilient coastal communities. Be in to win a $500 petrol voucher by completing our survey. Find out more at tcdc.govt.nz/coastal. Communications Survey Can we do better getting our news to you – and what ways do you want to receive information from us? Fill in our survey (takes less than five minutes) and be in to win a $500 petrol voucher.