The Blue Economy – An Ocean of Opportunity for Thames Coromandel

As Waikato Regional Council representative on the Hauraki Gulf Forum, I had the privilege of being briefed on the exciting new opportunities for seaweed aquaculture on the Coromandel Peninsula.  This “blue economy” has the potential to improve water quality, revitalise our waterways, improve our on-land farming systems. and create hundreds of local jobs.

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Huge support for better bus links in Thames Coromandel and other rural districts

95% of submitters to the Waikato Regional Council’s draft Public Transport Plan support much stronger public transport links within and between local towns such as Whitianga, Tairua, Coromandel, Waihi, Thames and Whangamata.  This adds even more weight to the strong case I have been making for government funding for new bus connections in Thames Coromandel and Hauraki.

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Before and After – The Dramatic Impact of Restoration Planting

Peninsula Planting and Restoration Groups Have Received $2M Funding From Waikato Regional Council.

These photos were taken over three years at a local stream near the edge of Colville Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula.  Stream banks and saltmarsh were planted and fenced with help from Colville Harbour Care and funding from Waikato Regional Council.  The results are amazing.  The plants have survived and matured, the stream now has a stony bottom, and the native birds are back.

Denis Tegg, Thames Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council urges people to call the council on 0800 800 401 if they have a similar project in mind, because funding and expertise may be available.

“If you have a wetland, bush, beach, or stream enhancement project in mind, want to carry out river work or weed control or need help to connect with your nearest environmental care group who strives to have our native bush predator free then get in touch. Regional Council staff have a wealth of knowledge, and the council can offer financial help for restoration works, soil and stream management, and animal and plant pest control,” Cr Tegg said.

Thames Coromandel pest trapping, kiwi care, and river catchment, harbour and beach restoration groups have received almost $2 million from Waikato Regional Council in the last 3 years.  Thames Coromandel restoration groups get an outsized slice of regional council funds due to the high quality of their work and their great community effort and commitment.

In addition, Regional Council secured $1million of ‘Shovel Ready’ funding for local ‘Clean Streams’ and harbour restoration projects to keep our waterways swimmable.

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