Our Coromandel Magazine online now - that and other council news

Our Coromandel Magazine online now - that and other council news

27 September 2021

Welcome to the Friday weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District.

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If you missed last Friday’s Council news wrap-up, read it here. 

Our Coromandel magazine is available online right now

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Our annual Our Coromandel magazine is available to view online now. Read it online now by clicking here, or download a PDF version here

Print magazines will be available in mid-October. Copies are being posted directly to our ratepayers who don't live in the district. Permanent residents can come into one of our Council service centes, libraries or visitor centres to pick up a copy.

This year's annual edition is all about the blue revolution and riding the crest of the aquaculture wave. We look at how much the industry contributes to our district, what infrastructure builds are supporting it to help our local economy thrive.

We also focus on what’s being done to manage our oceans sustainably with kaitiakitanga principles, so we can still keep on doing things like the good old Kiwi past time of recreational fishing. We cast a line out with Mayor Sandra Goudie on the Coromandel Wharf as she shares what projects and issues our Council has been dealing with over the past year, while Clarke Gayford TV Host of “Fish of the Day,” shares his experiences of Tairua’s best fishing and diving spots.

The Coromandel is a busy hub, and you can find out more about what Council related projects are happening in your neighbourhood (P28-39), as well as how we’re looking at the local government reforms – particularly the Three Waters - and the impact to our district.

Thank you to all of our valued community members, local businesses, and local organisations who've contributed. A hard copy will with you shortly. 

Mayor Sandra goes to Beverley Hills

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Mayor Sandra Goudie helped celebrate the opening ceremony of the Beverley Hills Water Treatment Plant in Whangamatā on Tuesday.   

This brand new water treatment plant cost $2.1m and can deal with greater fluctuations in water quality from the bore source and has state of the art filtration and treatment systems. It also helps sterilisation and disinfection and meets all of the government's Drinking Water Standards. 

Additional water treatment plants are being rolled out across our district as part of our drinking water standards project – Tautiaki Wai Māori - tcdc.govt.nz/dws.


The programme for the remaining seven water treatment plant upgrades will be completed by 2023/24 and has been included in our 2021 – 2031 Long Term Plan. Beverley Hills and six other water treatment plants are part of a $30m district-wide initiative. An additional water treatment plant will be built in the Puriri area and is expected to be completed in 2024/25. 

With water in mind, check out the highlights of our Council's feedback to the government on its Three Waters Reform proposals here, and feel free to send us your thoughts on the proposals to threewaters@tcdc.govt.nz which we are sharing with our elected members.

Open days in October to plan for climate resilient communities

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Our Shoreline Management Plan (SMP)  project is a critical piece of work that aims to better understand our District's coastline and the environmental and climate changes that are affecting it. Our very clear goal is to ensure that we have thriving and resilient communities. 
 
The SMP is a three-year project and we’re now well over halfway through. We have four Coastal Panels which have been working incredibly hard to define and reduce the coastal flooding and erosion risks to our people, property and assets.   
 
The Panels have received and assessed a large amount of expert advice and data on the erosion and inundation risks to each specific area of our coastline.  
 
There is an interactive map which summarises these risks available on our website: www.tcdc.govt.nz/smp  
 
The Coastal Panels are now looking at the options for risk management and coastal protection. These include hard engineering solutions like stop banks and rock walls, as well as softer options such as dune restoration and wetland regeneration.  
 
The Panels are evaluating which sustainable defence measures may be appropriate for each area.  
 
Some of our communities are at more immediate risk than others, and so we will be holding public meetings to explain all the options being considered in each area.  
 
Keep an eye open for our Council's communications campaign to encourage the public to attend the meetings which are scheduled to begin on 23 October. 

Whangamatā Information Centre temporary closure

Info iconThe Information Centre will close temporarily from today, Friday 1 October for one month while a new service provider is finalised. 
 
On 30 June 2021, the contract to operate the Whangamatā Information Centre with the Whangamatā Multisport Park Inc. ended. The Manager of the Information Centre agreed to a short-term, three-month contract to operate the Centre, while our Council sought Expressions of Interest for an operator to run the service for a three-year period beginning 1 October 2021 through 30 June 2024. This was endorsed as part of our Council’s 2021-2031 Long Term Plan. 
 
No formal responses were received, but Council staff are now in discussions with several groups interested in providing the service. 
 
The Whangamatā Community Board would like to seek community input about setting up a digital kiosk in the next financial year, which we will be doing later in the year.

Thames Airfield Development

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Plans are underway to develop the Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield.

Stage One of the Thames Airfeld Development is open with six sites available to lease for the purpose of constructing Tee-hangars.
 

In the future there will be more sites for hangars, residential hangars and commercial activity.

The airfield development plan, hangar design specifications, lease information and documents, and the Thames Airfield Master Plan are available on our Council website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/thamesairfieldhangars

 

Labour weekend Kerbside collections

Info icon There will be no Kerbside rubbish and recyling collection on Monday 25 October because of the Labour Day public holiday, so collections will be one day later for the rest of the week.

Please check the schedule for you area at tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside, where you'll also find our Guide to Recycling on the Coromandel.

Our Council would also like to remind people only plastic types 1 and 2, tins, cans, paper and cardboard can go in your wheelie bin.

If you are leaving the district before collection day, please take your rubbish and recycling to your nearest transfer station. All transfer stations will be open over the long weekend until 5.30pm, including on Labour Day.

School holidays at our District Libraries

Our shifting COVID-19 alert levels have made it difficult to plan our usual library school holiday programmes, but that doesn't mean our tamariki will miss out. Our libraries are bringing back the popular school holiday activity packs for the October school holidays. There will be three different packs to choose from, with heaps of cool hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Each pack will contain everything you need to get crafty at home.

The packs will be available to pick up from your local branch of Thames-Coromandel District Libraries (Thames, Tairua and Whitianga), from Monday 4 October. www.tcdc.govt.nz/libraries


Works in your area

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Little Bay Toilet

Construction of a dry-vault toilet (off-site) for Little Bay is almost complete, with arrangements being made with a local contractor to install it on-site in October. Approximately $65,000 (about 50 per cent) for the build is thanks to the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF), which we received from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). 

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Colville Road dropout repair 

Works are nearing completion on Colville Road with the seal down and the road reopened to traffic on 24 September. 

 

 

stolengatePorritt Park Vandalism

Ongoing vandalism and theft of the child safety gates at Porritt Park Playground and Skatepark has been occurring over the last fortnight. Police have moved cameras to try and apprehend the offenders. The gates are there for the safety of smaller children using the park with the busy state highway close by. Access to the skatepark on one side has had to be closed off until new gates and posts are sourced. Due to manufacturing and supply complications this may take some months. 

pool generic imageThames Pool Blower Shed Replacement

The old dome blower shed is being replaced with a new storage shed.

 

 

 

Whitianga Water Meters

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Veolia have started the enabling works this week and will be working through the town with completion expected by the end of March 2022. These works consist of getting water connections ready for meter installation.  
 
The contract for meter supply and installation is yet to be awarded and is currently in the negotiation phase.  
 
Meter installation is planned to start later this calendar year with completion by 30 June 2022. 

This project is through grant funding we've received from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) of $4.8 million. You can find out more information here.



SH25 and SH25A Chipseal Resurfacing: Waka Kotahi

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Waka Kotahi/NZTA have plans to begin chipseal resurfacing works on SH25 and SH25A from Monday 4 October.  
  
These works will be done using Stop / Go and Stop / Stop traffic management which could result in delays for up to 15 minutes while works are completed. If a full road closure is required to manage the works safely, further notifications will be provided. 

The starting location for these works is Waitakaruru in Hauraki District. The current plan is for works to progress through to Thames on SH25.  The work will then continue in a clockwise direction around SH25 to Hikuai. SH25A will then be sealed, followed by SH25 from Hikuai to Waihi. 
  
At this time no details are available of exact site locations or timings but these can be obtained from Waka Kotahi at waikatocorrespondence@nzta.govt.nz or by calling 07 958 7220. 

Project to protect native taonga species in Papakai Ecological Areas underway

mapsThe Department of Conservation’s Whitianga Office is beginning their project to reduce possum and rodent numbers in the Papakai Ecological Area to prevent further degradation of the forest canopy. 
 
The operation is being undertaken to protect threatened species within the nationally significant habitat such as Coromandel kiwi, kererū and kākā. Predation by rats and possums is severely affecting not only these populations but the forest itself. Kauri, tawa, northern rātā, kohekohe, kāmahi and Hall’s tōtara are all favoured by possums. Ongoing periodic control is required to ensure a healthy forest and the breeding success of these threatened taonga species. 
 
The project will include aerial application of cereal baits containing biodegradable 1080 over the area shown on the map here. Helicopters with calibrated buckets will distribute the bait along pre-determined and GPS monitored flight paths. 
 
The pre-feed (non-toxic) phase of the Papakai aerial pest control operation will take place over two days, Friday and Saturday 1 and 2 October. 
 
Pre-feed warning signs will be put in place to alert the public of the danger of falling non-toxic pellets. A reminder to please check for signage if you are in the area. There are no public walking tracks within the operational area. 
 
A map of the treatment area is included in the factsheet  here 
 
The toxic phase of the operation will follow in 5-10 days (in a suitable fine weather window). 
 
For any urgent queries you can contact DOC's EcoFX office on 07 873 8130.

Worm farm winner announced

worm far winnerCongratulations to Whangamatā resident Jane Mabbott on winning a Tui Essentials worm farm. Jane entered our Facebook competition as part of our "Let's bin the bad habits" campaign to educate our residents on good rubbish and recycling practices. 

Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill is a priority for our Council. In March 2021 a waste audit was done in our district on blue Kerbside rubbish bags. This audit found that we are adding items like recyclable plastic, greenwaste, and paper to landfill unnessessarily. 

Check out this campaign here to learn more. 


Upcoming meetings and Community Board updates

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Community Board meetings were held in Coromandel - Colville and Mercury Bay this week. Click your area to read our full report on each meeting. 

If you want to get in touch with your local Board, you can find information and contact details here.

Upcoming Meetings

To read the agenda for these meetings, please click the meeting name.

• 13 October 2021 - Audit and Risk Committee Meeting   
• 14 October 2021 - Emergency Management Committee   
• 14 October 2021 - Shoreline Management Plan Governance Committee