Come and check out our Shoreline Management Plan open days next week and fill in our Council communications survey to be into win 22 January 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: Our Shoreline Management Plan open days start next week Mercury Bay Museum - In Our Backyard Open Day/coastal information Communications survey 2020 Lets keep conserving water Kerbside collections Work happening in your neighbourhood Freedom camping bylaw review Whangamatā Reserve Management Plans Destination Coromandel update What's on in the Coromandel? We’re in a prohibited fire season Upcoming meetings If you missed the last update, read it here. Our Shoreline Management Plan open days start next week Our Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) open days are coming up next week which we would love you to come and check out. The content of the sessions will: Provide an update on progress. Show predicted coastal erosion and inundation extents from the coastal hazard assessments. Get feedback on what you value most. Set out what’s next and how you can input. This is a milestone, three-year project to prepare adaptive SMPs for large sections of our coastline by 2022. “The project is all about helping our communities and coasts adapt to coastal hazards through site-specific plans for the entire length of our coastline, including our offshore islands," our Mayor Sandra Goudie says. If you miss 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. For more information visit tcdc.govt.nz/coastal. Mercury Bay Museum - In Our Backyard Open Day/coastal information Some of our staff involved in our coastal activity will have a stand at the Mercury Bay Museum’s 'In Our Backyard' exhibition, this weekend. Come down and learn more about our coastal planting days, and what we’re doing to manage our coasts around the Mercury Bay. Other agencies with stands include Department of Conservation, Waikato Regional Council and the Auckland Museum. There will be activities and talks throughout the day. Entry to the Museum will be gold coin donation. For more information click here. TCDC Communications survey 2020 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. Lets keep conserving water It’s been great having so many visitors and although the Christmas/New Year peak holiday period may be over, the consumption of water right around our district continues to remain high. According to NIWA, Whitianga recorded its warmest January temperature on record last week since their records began in 1962, with the Firth of Thames also reaching high temperatures. MetService also issued their four-week forecast last week through to early February, and for our District it's looking dry. See our website for more information on restrictions and tips on how you can conserve water tcdc.govt.nz/waterrestrictions. Kerbside collections Our summer schedule of extra Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections ends on 30 January and we will resume our usual once-weekly blue rubbish bag and fortnightly recycling wheelie bin and glass crate collections.Collections are one day later than usual in the weeks following the public holidays on Monday 1 February (Auckland Anniversary) and Monday 8 February (Waitangi Day Observed).Missed your collection or have extra rubbish or recycling to dispose of? Our seven Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) are open every day until 21 February. For hours and locations for all RTS: tcdc.govt.nz/rts. You can find out more about our Kerbside collections, schedules, and what can be recycled in our district here. Remember, we can only collect plastic types 1 and 2 for recycling. Check your plastic item for the number – if there’s no number, or it’s type 3 to 7, we can’t collect it for recycling. Put it in your blue rubbish bag instead, please. Work happening in your neighbourhood Thames Coastal Pathway footbridge structural works - Works have been completed on two bridges along the Thames Coastal Pathway near Shortland Wharf and the south end of Danby Field. This was to strengthen and add useful life to the structures. Thames Pool closure extended - Centennial Pool will remain closed beyond Tuesday 26 January because a mechanical issue has been identified during the current maintenance shutdown period. The good news is that the problem was identified while the pool was already empty, and has been fixed. We’re working very hard to open the pool as soon as possible. tcdc.govt.nz/swim Create the vibe - Our temporary pedestrian space on Mary Street Thames will be ready in time for our very first Thames Buskers Festival in March, to add to the vibrancy of the town centre. For more information click here. Amodeo Bay retaining wall - We’re out for tender a contractor to construct a new, 12.4km rock anchor steel pile retaining wall at Amodeo Bay. For more information click here. Freedom camping bylaw review Our Freedom Camping Bylaw is being reviewed and we want your thoughts about a few changes we’re proposing to some of the current sites and the addition of one new site. Our consultation runs to Tuesday 2 February 2021. To read the full proposals and to have your say online, go to tcdc.govt.nz/freedomcampingreview. Or, pick up a submission form from one of our Council service centres. Or for more information click 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 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. Calling all event organisers Signature event marketing fund now open As part of the Government’s Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme (STAPP), $20.2million was allocated to 31 Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) across New Zealand to help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on Local Government revenue and the potential flow on effect as primary funders. Destination Coromandel successfully secured $700k for nine projects within three areas; Destination Management, Industry Capability Building and Product Development and Domestic Marketing. From the Domestic Marketing fund, $80k has been allocated to provide support for event promotion (marketing) for events within The Coromandel. Destination Coromandel has put together a range of marketing packages, each representing a total investment value of $12,000 (excl. gst). Organisers of eligible events may apply for one of these packages to complement or enhance their existing event marketing plan. The fund must be used for marketing for events which will take place by the 31st December 2021. The Application must be completed in full by the close of business 19 February 2021, and successful applicants will be notified by 12 March 2021. Further information on the fund criteria click here. Whats on in the Coromandel Heading to the Summer Concert in Whitianga? There is a free loop shuttle bus service throughout Whitianga to get you to and from the venue quickly and safely. The buses will run continuously between 10am and 1pm and 4pm and 8pm, stopping at the bottom of Centennial Rd, Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga Wharf and outside the Information Centre on Albert St. If you have an early entry pass you can catch the early bird bus which will be leaving the Whitianga Wharf at 9am. Click here to see what events are being held over summer. We’re 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. Upcoming meetings Council meeting – 9am, Tuesday 9 February, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St. Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting - 10am, Monday 15 Februaryr at10am 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 is a report you wish to speak to, you may do so in the public forum of the meeting. See our website here for more information on how to register.