Latest News & Public Notices

Coromandel Town boil water notice, get your blue dog registration tag and find out about progress on our public toilets, beaches, boat ramps and more

24 July 2020

Introducing our new weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our Thames-Coromandel District. It’s now all in one easy-to-read email, sent every Friday.

Coromandel Town boil water notice

The Coromandel Town water treatment plant is functioning well. As soon as we have confirmation from the Waikato DHB that the Boil Water Notice can be lifted, we will post to our website and Facebook page. This is likely to be tomorrow.

We would like to thank the Coromandel Town community again for their patience and understanding during this period.

Drainage improvement works in Whangamata

Drainage improvement works in Lowe Street, Whangamata started this week (pictured above) to reduce the impact of flooding during intense rain events. Currently, during heavy rainfall water ponds on the road and can run into low lying properties.

The work taking place is shown below and includes removing of a section of the Lowe Street kerb opposite Beverley Terrace and construction of a shallow swale drain and ponding area within Williamson Park. This allows the water to pond in the park and soak away avoiding the hazard of surface water on the road and reduces the flood risk to properties.

Long-term stormwater reticulation improvements in Whangamata will be consulted on through our Council’s 2021-31 Long Term Plan.

Other roading updates

Vernon Street in Thames is closed by number 116 due to a sinkhole (pictured right).

The site has been coned off but please be careful if you're in the area. There is access to the street for residents only. 

A geotech engineer has investigated but right now the cause is unclear.

Broadspectrum was investigating the site yesterday found old bottles. Heritage New Zealand have deemed the works essential therefore remedial works resumed this morning with an archaeologist present.

We will publish and update later today on our Facebook page and website when we can confirm the road can be opened.

You can view a summary of scheduled weekly roading activities in our district on our website - tcdc.govt.nz/roading.

Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) projects

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund is a Central Government Fund that provides up to $25 million per year for the development of tourism-related infrastructure such as carparks, freedom camping facilities, sewerage and water works and transport projects. The fund supports local communities facing pressure from tourism growth and in need of assistance - areas with high visitor numbers but small ratepayer bases - like our district.

  • Pepe Reserve toilets, Tairua (pictured above) -  Iwi approval and archaeological approval obtained and a resource consent has been granted with work scheduled to start 7 September 2020.
  • Tapu Domain toilets, Thornton Bay, Thames Coast - Co-funding withdrawn due to COVID-19 savings. We are in negations the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to defer this project to 2021/22 year.  
  • Hot Water Beach carpark and toilets – The domain carpark construction has started however the pavement strength test failed so we're working with the contractor to come up with a solution
  • Te Karo Bay (Sailors Grave) toilet, Tairua – Installation started this week. 
  • Brown St toilets, Thames - Scheduled to start 5 October 2020.
  • Otautu Bay toilet, Coromandel - Meetings have been held with iwi, local landowners and the Coromandel-Colville Community Board members however no agreement was reached on a preferred site. A report will now be taken to the Board for their consideration to re-allocate money to a facility at Kereta.
  • Little Bay toilet, Coromandel - The concept plan is completed and an archaeological assessment underway.

tcdc.govt.nz/tif

Beach nourishment, maintenance and progress on our boat ramps

We control and service many boat ramps on the Coromandel. Some of these facilities are free and some require permits to allow boat and trailer parking to use - tcdc.govt.nz/boatramps.

  • Brophys Beach (Ohuka Beach) - We need carry out some maintenance from 1 September – 27 September, followed by a community dune planting day. During this time, the parking and boat ramp will be blocked off (location outlined above).
  • Whangamata boat ramp pontoon - The replacement pile is expected to be installed in late August.
  • Whangapoua boat ramp - The upgrade is scheduled to start 30 August and should be completed by mid-October. 
  • Beach nourishment at Cooks Beach - We started some beach nourishment work at the Purangi Estuary end of Cooks Beach this week and we’re asking people to steer clear while heavy machinery is at work. Click here for more information.
  • Whangamata boardwalk trial - We want your feedback on the trial boardwalk at the beach accessway in front of Williamson Park, Whangamata (next to the Surf Club) to see how it performs and whether it meets the project objectives,and to inform future decisions for the boardwalk - tcdc.govt.nz/whangaboardwalk.

To find out more about our community dune planting days check out our Facebook events or sign-up to our e-newsletter.

New seating for Coromandel Town

Nine new seats (artist impression pictured right) will be put in around the existing pohutakawa trees in Coromandel Town main street in mid-August. 

Tairua Refuse Transfer Station (RTS)

There has been some damage to the RTS pit at Tairua. The facility is still open to the public and is being managed. Repairs are scheduled for August.

Storm damage at Burke Street Reserve

Last week’s storm left a number of trees damaged in its wake as well as a fence blown over at Burke Street Reserve opposite the Seagull Centre. Contractors have been cleaning up debris, removing hazard branch hangers and fallen trees this week.

Thames Centennial Pool

The new heat pumps are installed and will be tested over the next couple of weeks - tcdc.govt.nz/swim.

Click here or pop into one of our Council offices to renew your dog's registration before the late penalty fee applies from 1 August.

As well as registering your dog, all dogs must be microchipped. During the month of August, our Council is providing a low cost ‘Microchip Monday’ service for dog owners in our district. See tcdc.govt.nz/microchipping for more information.

Community Board grants closing soon

If you are part of an organisation that provides a community service, activity or event that is not-for-profit, you could be eligible for one of our Community Board grants.

Applications close 31 July.

tcdc.govt.nz/cbgrants2020. 

What's on in the Coromandel?

The Coromandel is host to numerous events throughout the year and there's always something coming up just around the corner. This week the Pickleball phenomenon strikes. A sport originally invented in the US in 1956 has found its way to the Coromandel.  This addictive sport of Pickleball has spread to Whitianga, Pauanui and now Thames. Click here to find out what else is on in the Coromandel this week.

Register your business now for the East Waikato Careers & Employers Expo

Next month (12-13 August), thousands of high school students (Y11-13) from across the Coromandel, Hauraki and Matamata-Piako will be attending the East Waikato Careers & Employers Expo to take steps towards their future employment.

This event is free for local businesses and spaces are filling up quick so register your business now. For more information click here.

Economic Development Update

Businesses in visitor hotspots across the country are enjoying the fact New Zealanders were out in force over the July school holidays, giving the economies of many regional towns a much-welcome boost. The Coromandel is among the North Island locations where spending had a lift as families got away to explore our country’s great backyard. Click here to read more.

Pictured: The Whitianga Night Strider event during the July school holidays. (Photo - courtesy of Coromandel's CFM)