As climate change brings more storms and higher sea levels, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is encouraging the local community to have their say about the future management of hazards at the coastline.
Regional Council chief executive James Palmer says the coast is important to many in the region and the effects of climate change will be significant and we need to plan ahead.
The Regional Council met today to agree to get underway with the coastal hazards proposal, seeking feedback between 1-31 July this year.
“We want to hear the community’s view on whether the Regional Council as a single entity should lead the work on adapting to increasing coastal hazards between the Clifton and Tangoio coasts.”
Until now, the Regional Council, Napier City Council and Hastings District Council have jointly funded the development of a strategy for coastal adaptation. An independent review found that the Regional Council was best placed to lead this work in the future.
Under the proposal, existing Napier City Council and Hastings District Council coastal protection assets will be transferred to the Regional Council. Decisions about funding future coastal protection under the strategy would be made separately, following community consultation in the 2024-2034 Long Term Plan.
Feedback on taking charge of coastal hazards is open until 31 July. People can have their say by going to hbrc.govt.nz.
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