Coromandel Heritage Region 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 4:27PM
Bill Barclay

Here is the start of a whole new hoop-la that has been going on in the background for some time with Chris Adams of Miles Marketing Destinations in the lead role. I think we can take it as read that this was the purpose of the 'closed door workshop' that followed yesterday's meeting of the EDC. Chris was the brains behind the Hauraki Rail Trail at the outset, though he dropped from sight shortly after it got going. 

Here is the presser that was put out today, and here is the 12 page Public Summary of the document Chris has prepared. And here is the 54 page Feasibility Report and Recommendations 

That should keep you busy tonight and possibly tomorrow as well. I will come back with aditional comments when I have read the Report. 

What Chris is proposing, and might I say, the idea was latched on to with alacrity by his good friend the Mayor when it came up earlier this year, is to seek a National and then International designation of the International Union of Conservation in Nature (ICUN) Category V Protected Landscap for the Peninsula. It sounds pretty grand, but probably well worth the effort. 

I am not sure of the cost involved - or even whether expenditure was approved by Council - it will surely not be an inexpensive exercise with the additional three consultants who were apparently employed on the task. Chris has a World-wide reputation in this area, and I guess we are fortunate that he lives, or has a bach here. It is certainly a high-powered group who have been brought together to produce the document. 

The summary does give a tantalising view of the advantages of achieving the status  suggested in the Report - there is nothing similar in this country, and the advantages of being able to claim this status in overseas publicity is manifest.

 

Update on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 9:44AM by Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Please note that these were my initial reactions after viewing the Summary. I have cause to have had second thoughts about a number of aspects, including the mode of its presentation. See later posts to keep up to date with comments by others as the ramifications of the full Report sink in.

 

 

 

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