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Local achievements

In Coromandel Town, our Council finally acquired some Crown land from the Ministry of Education adjacent to Hauraki House. The historic property used to be a school and now contains a wonderful art gallery and is well worth a visit.
 |  Mayor len salt  | 

The Kopu marine facility with recreational boat ramp and parking area is near completion.

It was such a joy to open Tairua Skatepark recently, finally realised after many years of attempts to find the right site.

The project is one of a number that are reaching fruition after much hard work by elected members, staff and community groups.

In Coromandel Town, our Council finally acquired some Crown land from the Ministry of Education adjacent to Hauraki House. The historic property used to be a school and now contains a wonderful art gallery and is well worth a visit. The acquired land will be used for car parking and community use. The acquisition means the Hauraki House committee and our Council can now get on and tidy up the parking with the assurance that it will be available to Hauraki House users and Coromandel Town residents without the risk of it being sold to another party.

In the Thames area the Kōpū marine facility is nearing completion after several years of great progress. We’ll have a fit-for-purpose recreational boat ramp and parking, but more importantly to the economic wellbeing of the entire district, we’ll have commercial facilities to service vessels with the potential to create as many as 100 new jobs over time. We’ll be announcing the opening date soon.

In Thames, the local business association has been leading the redevelopment of Porritt Park, the main playground in Thames and one that many visitors to the Coromandel will be familiar with from much-needed comfort stops at the conveniences. The boat-shaped play structure rising above the playground and the skatepark is impressive, and the fact that it and other play equipment going into the park is wheelchair accessible is even more impressive. The upgrade is an example of what can be achieved from community collaboration with the business community, local benefactors and iwi driving the project forward with Council support.

Our Council’s Building Consent Team received independent acknowledgement of their hard work and expertise in the form of the two-yearly audit by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s assessors. The assessors from IANZ (International Accreditation New Zealand), renewed our Council’s ‘extra low risk’ status as a Building Consent Authority. Without maintaining our Council as a Building Control Authority we wouldn’t be able to consent and certify buildings, which is a pretty core council activity.

Hats off to the Kūaotunu Dune Care group, which has been recognised with a national award for their work planting dunes with native sand-binding species that help dunes rebuild from erosion, and the weed and predator management that helps build a healthy coastal environment. Like other volunteer coast care groups in the Coromandel they are supported by our Council and Waikato Regional Council, but the hard work and the accolades received are all theirs.