Council Matters with Hauraki Mayor Toby Adams
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Posted August 10, 2020
Council Matters ,
Brian Gentil spoke with Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams this morning, starting with a number of policy and bylaw amendments that council wants to hear from the public about.
One is the Freedom Camping proposed sites, with a proposed site in Waihi creating quite a bit of interest. The suggested area is in the council carpark between Haszard and Mueller Streets in the CBD, where a lot of staff of local businesses, locals and visitors to town already park. If you want to have your say, you need to visit the HDC website or call in to one of their offices and let them know your thoughts by this Friday,14 August.
As Toby said, if they only hear from a few people then they have to act on that information.
With the news that OceanGold is looking at putting in a resource consent later this year to mine around Waihi township with some major changes to the landscape, there was more news late last week that OceanaGold has also been given approval to mine on DOC land at Wharekirauponga, north of Waihi near Whangamata.
Brian asked Mayor Toby where the council was with this process. Toby explained that OceanaGold is in the early stages with their plans and Council will become a lot more involved in the process when the mining company puts their application in late this year.
A new date will be set for the community catch-up about Wharekawa Coast 2120. Toby explained this is to give some more time for information to be gathered.
Brian asked Toby to talk about the Significance and Engagement By-Law, with written submissions closing next Monday, 17 August.
Details about this and the Freedom Camping Proposals can be found on the HDC website home page under ‘We Need To Talk’, if you’d like to follow up. Brian also congratulated the Hauraki District Council team that entered, and won the New Zealand part of, the Australasian Management Challenge, competing against other councils from around the country.
Mayor Toby is very proud of such a small council doing so well against some really big councils across the country, and coming out on top. The team will now go on to challenge the best in Australia later this month.
For more details about the topics that Brian and Mayor Toby talked about visit hauraki-dc.govt.co.nz online.
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