Pedestrians only at popular Cooks Beach accessway 04 February 2020 Cooks Beach boaties are being asked to stick to the two official boat launch facilities in the town, as an informal boat ramp at Transit St (pictured above) will soon be closed. The beach access at Transit St is being reinstated to a pedestrian-only accessway after its use as a casual, recreational boat launch spot has caused concern for the safety of beach-goers and the health of the sand dunes. Signs will soon be up to inform people of the closure and to give boaties two other options to launch - at the Cooks Beach Central Reserve and the Purangi Reserve boat ramp. Large rocks will also be arriving at the access point to prevent vehicles driving on to the beach after the bollards previously in place kept getting removed. Our Council’s District Manager North, Allan Tiplady, says although the area was popular, it was not designated as a boat launch access point. “We’ve received letters of complaint about safety issues at this beach access as tractors and boats mix with swimmers and the general public," Mr Tiplady says. "Tractor drivers often increase their speed to get through the sand, causing concern that this access is not appropriate for all beach users to use safely." Growing numbers of boats and cars using the accessway was creating congestion on the street, which meant residents were often unable to access their properties. “This step of closing the ramp will also help protect the vulnerable sand dunes from vehicles being parked there," Mr Tiplady says. Local iwi Ngati Hei has also expressed the view that casual recreational boat launching along the Cooks Beach foreshore is undesirable, diminishing the foreshore and cultural values. Our Council has provided an improved boat launching facility at the Purangi River and there is also an access point at the Cooks Beach main reserve, where there is a lot more parking and facilities for boat owners to use. For more information about our boat ramps see: tcdc.govt.nz/boatramps Cooks Beach dune restoration continues Dune planting work that started nearby on Captain Cook Rd will be carried on to meet up with the Transit St accessway area. Anyone who is interested in joining the Cooks Beachcare Group with the restoration is invited to get in touch with email@example.com The work involves removing weeds and replacing them with native coastal plants. The pedestrian access will then be formalised with bollards and signs to protect the restored area. Have your say in our Coromandel Coast Summer Survey If you love and use our iconic Coromandel coastline, make sure you have input to an important Council project, through our Coromandel Coast survey. Take the survey online here, before it closes on February 14. It includes questions about the activities you do around the Coromandel 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. On completion of the survey, you’ll go in the draw to win a $500 petrol voucher. The information we gather is important for our Council as we are underway with our Shoreline Management Planning (SMP) Project, focused on developing resilient coastal communities. Our Council’s Operations Group Manager Bruce Hinson says the SMP project is all about helping our communities and coasts adapt to coastal hazards, through site-specific plans for the entire length of our coastline, including offshore islands. “As we work through this project, we need our coastal communities to tell us their stories, pass on their knowledge of coastal environments, engage in dialogue and work through solutions," Mr Hinson says. “We value your input and encourage you to find some time to sit down and take the survey, and share it with your family and friends in the Coromandel."