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Published: 2014-06-30 00:00:00

A Waikato Regional Council staff member with wide experience of local resource management issues, Emily O’Donnell, has been appointed to the role of Coromandel area manager.

The role involves working alongside Hauraki-Coromandel division manager Julie Beaufill.

Whitianga-based Ms O’Donnell has previously managed harbour and catchment management works and project managed coastal vegetation consents. She has most recently been employed in a relationship manager role with the multi-agency Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari project, which involves the council and a range of partners.

Ms O’Donnell has also had recent experience with the council’s resource management policy team, community engagement experience, and worked with landowners and local committees.

“Those experiences and the community connections forged in the process - plus more than 10 years as a land management officer and harbour and catchment coordinator - will be very valuable for the Coromandel community as Emily carries out her new role,” said Ms Beaufill.

“Emily has a real passion for the Coromandel and a commitment to working with local people,” Ms Beaufill said.

Ms O’Donnell said she welcomed the opportunity her new role would provide to work even more closely with Coromandel communities.

“The Coromandel is a fantastic place, with great people, and a natural environment worth protecting. The closer we as a regional council can work with these communities, and partner agencies, on managing the various issues we face the better,” said Ms O’Donnell.

“I look forward to building new relationships around the peninsula and catching up with familiar faces.”

Her appointment takes effect on 7 July.