The Proposed Thames-Coromandel District Plan is open for submissions until the 14th of March – it has a lot to say on mining and we need your support to ask them to strengthen the plan so our environment and communities are protected from a toxic legacy and boom and bust industry. We want to support you to do this and as well as providing a guide and template submission, we are hosting workshops next week – come along.
“This plan sets the scene for the next decade. Participate … the environment can’t speak for itself.” – Sally Christie, Thames
The proposed plan allows for underground mining in residential, rural and conservation zones (and others). What we have seen in Waihi is a total failure of the planning system to protect people from the impacts of underground mining – vibration, noise, dust, negative impact on property values, subsidence, property damage, stress, and more. We need this plan to protect us from this risk.
“Being a part of the making of the district plan is being a part of creating our future. By doing submissions we can guide the council to make sure the plan reflects our needs and desires and is a blueprint for an environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable Coromandel Peninsula. Sometimes is can seem a bit boring to engage with politics, but actually there is nothing better than knowing what you want and being able to speak up to get it.” – Ruby Powell, CLAIM
Conservation land should be protected from mining and this plan is very loose around particularly underground mining in the conservation zone and in the Outstanding Landscape, Amenity and Natural Character overlays – we want these overlays to offer real protection.
“Its our one in ten year chance to let the Council know we want a mine free Coromandel.” – John Drummond, Tairua Environment Society
The Coromandel needs you – make a submission now.
See our official media release here.
Archey’s Frog are one of the most endangered frogs in the world – the Coromandel should be a treasure house of biodiversity, not the end of the line for one of the world’s most important frogs.
The proposed District Plan provides for underground mining in conservation areas – threatening sensitive habitats for native species such as the Archey’s Frog with industrialisation and vibration.
We want the conservation estate to be preserved for generations to come – join us, SUBMIT NOW!