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Joint working group established

Joint release from TCDC and Waikato Regional Council
Thames-Coromandel District Council and Waikato Regional Council have established a joint working group to manage flood protection issues relating to Graham's Creek and the Tairua-Manaia Rd causeway on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The group will refine and finalise the current work plan.

TCDC has set aside $620,000 in its 2014-2015 draft Annual Plan towards upgrading the Manaia Rd causeway bridge, while the Waikato Regional Council has set aside $600,000 in its 2014-2015 Annual Plan towards flood management improvements around Graham's Creek.

The funding is conditional on the councils agreeing to the scope of the final work. The work is also subject to a landowner giving access where flood improvements are due to take place.

“Both councils are committed to getting on with this work, which follows extensive consultation over a number of years,” said the regional council’s Hauraki-Coromandel manager Julie Beaufill.

“We and TCDC have taken a major step in agreeing to fund our parts of the work and there is a good level of community support to get something done”.

Thames-Coromandel Mayor Glenn Leach said: “The establishment of the working group is a chance to get key people together to finalise what work will be done based on the council proposals.

“It’s going to take some focused work over the next few months with the aim of starting construction this coming financial year.”

The working group will be made up of staff and councillors from both councils, and community representatives.

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