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Resilient Communities require more equality and prosperity!

Give our community an incentive to remove invasive weeds and non-natives by offering to give them native plants in place of those that they've removed, be more active in encouraging community planting projects esp in areas near our rivers, that have high erosion risk - esp in rural areas like up the Coast, on private and public land.

Pine's and forestry industry does damage to our environment and roading, look at ways natives and other less aggressive industries could begin to take over (like Hikurangi - Rua Bioscience... as part of this long-term plan) - we need the Govt to invest in more Kaupapa Maori / Maori lead research in our area in partnership with Iwi, Council and industry.

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Each and every council decision needs to consider climate change. This has to be an obligatory step not an optional step. New projects need to be in line with ZERO emissions, minimal waste renewable energies, regenerative agriculture etc. Any work or planning (across the board) needs to be 'future proofed" (as much as possible) -considerate of what is specifically needed to mitigate the effects of climate change so that later adaptations are not then necessary (wasting time, funding and resources)
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Tairawhiti's own Resource Recovery Centre, as in Raglan (established 20+ years ago) which now works to successfully divert 76% of the town's waste from landfill. Gisborne could do the same to re-purpose, re-use and recycle our HUGE amount of waste. At the same time creating an place to educate, motivate and connect our community. Eventually employing many, with opportunities for retired trades to teach younger generations how to fix a light, build a table or grow seedlings etc. At this time, with the challenges that lie ahead, the opportunities that such a centre could create are many. This is the time to get this going!
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Council plan review is required now to ensure policies reflect new climate change data particularly development in hazard areas such as areas vulnerable to land erosion, coastal erosion, flooding e.g NZCPS and MfE guidance. Planning and funding mechanisms are required to investigate managed retreat options for vulnerable communities. Alternative options and investigations are required for vulnerable roading sections such as East Cape Rd. Identifying and strengthening policies to protect natural defences to natural hazards and climate change is important. Water security is vital for communities for drinking water supplies and irrigation for high value crops.
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