Enabling works are starting for water meter works in Whitianga and Whangamatā and check out our community response plans 12 February 2021 Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District - all now in one easy-to-read email. This week's wrap-up: Water Meters for Whitianga and Whangamatā – Enabling works are starting Water restrictions Water leak detection programme Updated community response plans Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) survey Thames Centennial Pool Coromandel Town Samuel James Reserve Coastal gardening working bees New public space coming for Thames Council and Community Board meetings Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies Survey Whangamatā Reserve Management Plans What's on in the Coromandel? Reminder: We’re still in a prohibited fire season Be in to win with our communications survey Gr8 Job Hauraki ‘Job Market’ If you missed the last update, read it here. Water Meters for Whitianga and Whangamatā – Enabling works are starting Later this month we’ll be starting work on our water metering project for Whitianga and Whangamatā. This is part of our Water Demand Strategy and ties in with the grant funding from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) of $4.8 million, which will go towards installing the water meters in Whitianga and Whangamatā. These water meters will assist in detecting leaks and we won’t be charging residents for water use based on the water meter readings for at least two years. In the meantime the current fixed charge will continue to apply. We’re starting first in Whitianga and will continue in Whangamatā after that. The first step in Whitianga will be visual assessments of properties connected to our town water supply, followed by enabling works, which may include the replacement or installation of water meter boxes, upgrading some connections or unbundling connections where multiple properties may be serviced by a single connection. These works are to prepare for the physical installation of the water meters, currently estimated to start in May. Further information on the installation programme will distributed once this has been confirmed. During the enabling works, there may be instances where we may have to come onto private property. If this is the case, we’ll make contact with the homeowner and/or tenant in advance. Our Council already has several water supplies on water meters such as Thames, Thames South, Coromandel Town, Pauanui and some parts of Tairua. There is more information on our website about water meters here and the water demand strategy here. Water restrictions Please remember to continue conserving water and check our Facebook page and website for any changes to water restrictions. Coromandel Town: Level 3 - Alternate Days: Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems can only be used on alternate days. If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses. Matarangi, Whitianga, Hahei, Tairua, Pauanui, Whangamatā, Onemana and Thames: Level 2 - Conserve Water: Residents and holidaymakers are asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues. Also, a reminder that Thames Valley remains on a permanent Total Watering Ban: Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems are not permitted at any time. This includes a ban on watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, boats, houses, and decks, filling paddling pools and playing under sprinklers. Essential watering of plants, such as vegetable gardens using a hand-held watering can is permitted. Find out more here. Water leak detection programme This week, and over the next four weeks, you may see our contractors doing leak detection assessments of our water reticulation network in the Tairua area. This includes checking fire hydrants, as well as our water network and water shut-off valves on domestic and commercial properties. Leak detection and repair is a routine procedure to minimise unaccounted for water losses in our network. It’s also a tactic endorsed in our Water Demand Strategy. Updated community response plans A huge thank you to all the community response groups around our district for assisting our Emergency Management Unit to create the final and up-to-date Community Response brochures and posters.Most communities now have a completed response plan which is a guide to assisting response at a local level. These plans include information around local hazards, what to do, alerts and where to go to get further information, resources available to help, who in the community needs assistance and who can offer assistance.Surveys were completed to collect this information which informed each individual plan.We know that community resilience is our greatest strength to help us get through emergency events.These brochures and posters were created to share with the public to ensure that everyone is informed and ready to look after themselves. Please share by downloading from our website – tcdc.govt.nz/emu. Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections next week We have now moved to our regular schedule of once weekly blue rubbish bag collections and fortnightly recycling wheelie bin and glass crate collections. You can check your recycling week using our Smart Maps portal here. You can find out more about our Kerbside collections, schedules, and what can be recycled in our district here. Our extended summer hours at our seven Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) end on Sunday 21 February. And our regular hours begin on Monday 22 February. Check hours and locations for your RTS at tcdc.govt.nz/rts. Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) survey Over 200 people attended our Shoreline Management Plan open days across the district recently, where some valuable information was shared with our communities on the project so far, including the latest coastal hazard information. If you missed the open days, you can still find out what’s next and tell us what you think by completing our online survey here before Friday 19 February. The latest factsheets and posters from the open days to help you in completing the survey can be found at tcdc.govt.nz/smp. For more information visit tcdc.govt.nz/coastal. Thames Centennial Pool After extensive maintenance, the pool was opened at 6am on Tuesday 9 February. Bookings are no longer required but please be aware there’s limited lane space during our Learn to Swim lessons and squad training. Public opening hours: Monday 6am - 6pm Tuesday 6am - 6pm Wednesday 6am - 6pm Thursday 6am - 6pm Friday 6am - 6pm Saturday 11am - 6pm Sunday 11am - 6pm Click here for further details. Coromandel Town Samuel James Reserve gets some TLC Local artist Caitlyn Maloney has painted a mural (pictured above). A gift to the town from the family of the late Rev. Philip Sallis. The Coromandel-Colville Community Board were totally in support of the mural and helped prep the area so local artist Caitlyn Maloney could paint it. Father Phillip Sallis was the Pastor for the Anglican Church in Coromandel Town who commissioned the mural for the community to thank them for having him there. When he was younger he visited the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland where he felt at ease, lifted and at home. When he visited Coromandel Town he stood out on the Wharf near Long Bay and looked back on Coromandel Town where he felt the same way lifted, held, eased, and at home. The location was chosen as it gets a lot of foot traffic through the reserve, so the best place for everyone to see it. The Medical Centre (the building the mural is on) supported the idea as they had an amazing relationship with Phillip and respected him. It has recently been one year since his passing and the mural is a thank you from Phillip’s family to the community for having him there and making him feel at peace. Coastal gardening working bees Join our partners Coastcare - Waikato to help care for the Mercury Bay dunes and coastal reserves this month: Buffalo Beach - 12, 19 and 26 February from 8am-10am at 91 Buffalo Beach Rd, Whitianga. Kuaotunu - 17 February from 8.30am - 10.30am at Kuaotunu Black Jack Reserve. Bring your favourite little spade or garden tool and gloves. Don't forget your water, hat and sunscreen. Click here for more information. New public space coming for Thames (Artists Impression) We’re rolling out a temporary pedestrian space on Mary Street from 7pm on 22 February as contractors change street markings to reflect new traffic patterns. Mary St between Pollen St and the service lanes west of Pollen St, apart from access to the ANZ car park, will be closed to vehicle traffic in order to create a people-friendly public space. Access between Pollen and Queen streets will be from the streets north and south of Mary St. We’ll be trialling this new layout on 17 February from 12pm-5pm with road cones. We will also have people present to help direct traffic and also monitoring the effects on the corners. Improved road marking and signage at the Pollen and Queen St intersections will improve everyone’s safety around the new layout. The new space will incorporate seating and tables, shade, greenery, lighting, bike racks, road art and designs from Thames artists on concrete planters. It will be ready in time to host the Thames Food and Buskers Festival on 5-6 March. The materials being used for the public space are temporary and can be easily removed. This is stage 1 of the trial layout. We will review how it’s working after two months and make any changes in the layout based on the review and public feedback. More information on this project: tcdc.govt.nz/createthevibethames Would you like to be involved in painting the concrete planters for the new civic plaza? We want those planters to have artistic designs on them that blend in with the area and match the colour scheme on the new mural on the wall of Stirling Sports. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to paint the planters the week of Monday 15 February to Sunday 21 February. The planters are 1000mm diameter x 500mm high. Paint and brushes will be supplied. Council and Community Board meetings The first meetings for 2021 start next week. Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting - 10am, Monday 15 February at 10am St Francis Church, 200 Main Road, Tairua. Whangamatā Community Board meeting - 10am, Tuesday 16 February in the Whangamatā Board meeting room, 620 Port Rd. Thames Community Board meeting – 9am, Wednesday 17 February, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St. Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting – 9am, Tuesday 23 February in the Coromandel Board meeting room, 355 Kapanga Rd. Mercury Bay Community Board meeting - 9am, Wednesday 24 February in the Mercury Bay Board meeting room, 10 Monk St. Copies of agendas, reports and minutes are available on this page or at Council offices, two days before the meeting. Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the public part of the meeting. If there’s a report you wish to speak to, that’s in the public forum of the meeting. See our website here for more information on how to register. Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies Survey We’re sounding out public attitudes towards biodiversity and heritage issues as part of a review of our Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies. These were adopted in 2008 and combine to meet our obligations under various pieces of legislation. The information from the survey will be reported back to the Council mid-2021 as part of the evaluation process. You can find out more and take the survey here. Whangamatā Reserve Management Plans It’s time to review our Reserve Management Plans (RMPs) for Whangamatā. Reserves are much-loved features of our district, providing opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where we can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends. Consultation closes soon - 4pm, Monday 15 February. Our Whangamatā RMPs were last reviewed in 2014 and we believe our communities’ needs and expectations of our reserves have changed over this time. For this reason, we are inviting your feedback. Click here for more information. What's on in the Coromandel? Mahon’s Amusements are holding a family fun carnival at the gravel car park at Rhodes Park, Thames from Friday to Sunday this week. There will still be space available at the car park for freedom campers to use, however this will be limited due to the carnival being there. There is more freedom camping available in Thames at Danby Field on Queen St next to Porritt Park. For more information on freedom camping on the Coromandel see our website. Click here to see what events are being held this weekend. Reminder: We’re still in a prohibited fire season A prohibited fire season means lighting fires in the open is banned. Please remember if you're visiting the Coromandel - please no fireworks, Chinese lanterns or bonfires, so we can enjoy a safe summer - fireandemergency.nz. Communications survey Whether you're a permanent resident, own a holiday home, operate a business or you're a visitor to the Coromandel, we want to make sure our Council is communicating with you the best way we can. Fill in our short survey for a chance to win a $500 petrol voucher here. Diesel contained at site of sunken vessel in Coromandel Harbour Photo: RNZ. An oil slick is being dealt with off Woolshed Bay. Waikato Regional Council’s oil spill responders have been at the scene of a sunken vessel on the Coromandel Peninsula since first light this morning. Regional On Scene Commander Richard Barnett said staff have been using sorbent material to soak up diesel which has continued to escape from the 47-foot fibreglass launch overnight. “The rapid deployment booms we set up last night around the site of the launch have done the job and helped to stop the spread of any further diesel,” Mr Barnett said. “There’s very little sign of yesterday’s 5km slick, and it would appear the majority of it has naturally evaporated or dispersed. “There is a small line of contaminant that has washed ashore in Woolshed Bay. We haven’t been able to confirm what it is, so it’s difficult to know right now the best way to deal with it. “We’ve got our marine experts assessing any risk to wildlife, but we do know already that this is not a significant wildlife area,” Mr Barnett said. It’s understood 2000 litres of diesel was on board the launch that caught fire and sunk in the early hours of yesterday morning in Woolshed Bay, Whanganui Island. It’s unknown how much diesel might have leaked from the launch. See Waikato Regional Council’s website here for updates. Gr8 Job Hauraki ‘Job Market’ Are you an employer ready to showcase your business to local job seekers Or are you a job seeker looking for opportunities? Then you won’t want to miss Hauraki District Council's free networking event on Tuesday 23 February from 1pm – 4pm at AgriSea NZ Ltd, 7446 SH 2, Paeroa (between Paeroa and Karangahake). For all the event information and to register please click here.