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Council 5/8 - Coromandel Harbour Project

It is clear that our Council - both governnace and executive, are determined to conduct any debate on the Coromandel Harbour Project behind closed doors. Here is the entry under 'Public Excluded' items for Wednesday's meeting:

Coromandel Harbour Facilities Project

Reason for Passing the Resolution:                                                                                 (7)(2)(g) – Maintain legal professional privilege. (7)(2)(i) – Enable any local authority holding the information to carry on, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations (including commercial and industrial negotiations)

Grounds Under Setion 48(1) for Passing the Resolution:                                                 (48)(1)(a) – That the public conduct of the whole or the relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding would exist.

It is difficult to imagine any possible reason why discussion on the matter of the Coromandel Harbour facilities where our Cpouncil could well be committing anything up to $60m on a highly controversial project needs to be behind closed doors.

In the absence of any media interest other than through this blog, they find it relatively easy to follow through their secret processes. It is immaterial whether planning is at an embryonic, or advanced stage, the public has the right to know what is going on when there are real questions surrounding the whole concept, and the likely effect on future rate demands over the entire Peninsula.

Indeed, this secret process is outrageous, and the powers that be better have dammed good reasons to be proceeding in this manner. I realise that certain members and staff are deeply sensitive over criticism of their role in the  issue, but it may still be necessary to alert the Ombudsman to what is going on, depending on what emerges from behind the shadows on Wednesday.

Here is the extract from the Chief Executive's Report for the same meeting:

Coromandel Harbour Facilities Project (Chief Executive)

Staff have organised a Workshop with councillors on the Coromandel Harbour issues and opportunities for 29 July. The Workshop will update elected members on the project and seek guidance on progressing Sugarloaf and the Inner Harbour concept.

  • ·             Contact: David Hammond
  • ·             Elected Member: Glenn Leach, Peter French and Tony Brljevich
  • ·             Next Major Milestone: Council decisions on 5 August 5 regarding

(1)   ownership of the reclaimed land at Sugarloaf

(2)   contracting with CMFA for further infrastructure development

(3)   seeking expressions of interest related to potential co-funding for the inner harbour development and

(4)   Coromandel Pier and Furey's creek options

Nothing to see here! Or is there???




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