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Key challenges we are facing in the coastal area include erosion, significant natural sand movement and ecological degradation.
The impact of climate change will cause additional erosion, particularly at Mowhanau Beach. Sand movement is adding maintenance pressure to public beach access – particularly during windy seasons. There are also valuable native flora and fauna that require protection and restoration. We anticipate these coastal challenges to increase over time.
We have sought technical advice regarding our options for coastal management. Coastal planning work will allow us to understand these options and help us to prioritise our response. This work will ultimately improve the community's experience of our coastal area and provide a more sustainable, longer-term solution to some of the key challenges in this dynamic and valued environment. Implementation work will primarily focus on council-managed lands.
Detailed information on options for the funding and implementation of a coastal plan can be found in the consultation document(PDF, 14MB).
Develop and implement a coastal plan (preferred option)
Impact on rates
Impact on debt
Impact of levels of service
$50,000 in year 1 to develop the plan.
$1.1M across years 2 to 4 to implement the plan, and another $1.3M across years 8 to 10.
Rates increase of $224,000 on average to repay the debt.
Per property on average:
We would loan fund $1.1M over years 2 – 4 and repay it by year 7 before starting the next iteration of the plan in year 8.
Increasing level of service for coastal and broader community through improvement to ecological services.
No additional coastal funding
At best, the existing level of service will be maintained.
Option 1 is our preferred option. Technical advice has been received and is also pending regarding how we can improve the Whanganui coastal environment. Prioritisation of this work and the implementation phase will result in ecological and amenity improvements in our highly valued coastal areas.