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Published: 2004-07-22 00:00:00

Environment Waikato says it has not considered any involvement in dredging the Coromandel harbour for residues of gold.

The Regional Council has been quoted as backing plans to recover gold and other precious metals reportedly lying in the harbour – a legacy of land-based gold mining over many decades. But Chief Executive Harry Wilson says the Council has never discussed the issue and has not heard from the Community Board about any plans.

The Coromandel Colville Community Board is driving the proposed harbour reclamation project, and Thames-Coromandel District Council has allocated funding to develop a business plan. The Board wants to use any profits from the dredging to help pay for flood protection works and clean up the harbour.

It says it also has Environment Waikato’s backing, along with DoC and Forest and Bird, however the two other organisations have also not given their support.

Mr Wilson said the Council would be happy to hear from the Community Board about the idea, but it has never considered the proposal.