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Council proposes a ‘no frills’ budget - what do you think? Read more about work happening in your neighbourhood in our weekly wrap-up

26 March 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 place.

This week's wrap-up:

  • Comment on our Long Term Plan proposals until 12 April
  • Lease land for aircraft hangars at Thames Airfield
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • NZ Banks are phasing out cheques - what does this mean for us?
  • Thames Create the Vibe civic hub launch event was a big success
  • More costs down the line with proposed Water Services Bill, says our Mayor
  • Upcoming meetings
  • What's on in the Coromandel?
  • Repco Beach Hop 2021
  • Creative Communities Scheme – funding deadline looming for local arts groups and projects

If you missed the last update, read it here.

Comment on our Long Term Plan proposals until 12 April

Thank you to those who attended the 'have a cup of tea with the Mayor' sessions.

"These sessions were a hit and it was great to see interest from the communities and actually have face-to-face chats with those of you that were there," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

We have also hosted two online forums with Mayor Sandra and senior staff answering questions on our Long Term Plan proposals. These have been recorded and published to our YouTube channel and our website. Click here to watch them, they contain valuable information about proposed projects and budgets for the draft 2021-2031 Long Term Plan.

Our Long Term Plan (LTP) sets our Council’s spending, infrastructure projects and levels of service for the next 10 years. Our proposals and options for the LTP are out for public consultation – your feedback is crucial in fine-tuning these proposals so they reflect what you want from your Council.

We’re taking submissions now until Monday 12 April. Visit tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021 and look at the consultation document available on that page. It outlines our proposals and options. Then follow the steps to have your say online. Or, pick up a copy of the consultation document from one of our Council Service Centres.

Some of the discussions in the online forums were focused around our 'no frills budget'.

We’ve got two lists we’re sharing with the public. The ‘no frills’ budget list is our must do’s (pictured above is a selection of some of the projects in each Community Board area) – it outlines all our capital works and operational costs to meet the requirements of everything we must do to meet things like government legislation, consent requirements and current levels of service. Sticking to the must do projects would require an average rates increase across the district of 7.1 per cent.

There is a second list of ‘nice to have’ projects that Community Boards mainly would like to have happen if there is enough support for them. If we include some, or all of those, in our budget that will increase the average rates increase to more than that 7.1 per cent for next year.

"We are almost halfway through our consultation and there is still lots of time to put in a submission and it is definitely worth your time. We value everyone’s feedback and providing us with your feedback on the Long Term Plan is the best way to influence what happens locally," says our Mayor Sandra.

Need help?

Just get in touch and we will help you through the process of making a submission. Phone 07 868 0200 or email consultation@tcdc.govt.nz

Lease land for aircraft hangars at Thames Airfield

Our Council is calling for tenders to lease ground space at Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield in Thames to build aircraft hangars.

Tenderers should complete the Request for Tender form, available on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/thamesairfieldhangars, and return the form by post no later than 4pm Friday 30 April.

Development at the airfield will be staged, with the first lease sites available for hangars only.

The second stage will involve establishment of accommodation hangars and commercial activities.

In keeping with the airfield designation of the land under our Council’s District Plan, all activities in the airfield precinct, including accommodation hangars and commercial development, must be aviation-related.

"This is such an exciting development for the airfield and for Thames,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Council staff have been working very closely with airfield users to get the conditions right for the airfield to be used to its maximum potential. We’re cleared for takeoff!”

Development plans for Thames Airfield

Six sites will initially be available to be leased with more to become available later, as will 20 residential hangar sites and land for commercial activity.

Infrastructure including a small internal roading network, parking, water, wastewater and stormwater control will be developed.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Coromandel-Colville Councillor John Morrisey was pleased to be invited to attend a hui being held on the Te Paea Marae in Harataunga (Kennedy Bay) on Saturday, 20 March. This was a hui called by the Kennedy Bay Hunt/Trap Predator Group, supported by both Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga and Ngāti Tamaterā, landowners and residents to present concerns about the intention to use 1080 in Kennedy Bay

The Coromandel-Colville Community Board passed a resolution some time ago stating that they supported the community’s opposition to the use of 1080 in this Ward. The resolution was also supported at a Council level. Cllr Morissey attended as the local TCDC Councillor in support of the Community Board’s resolution not to use 1080.

The hui was positive, and lessons were learnt by the agencies attending.

It was obvious that there is a willingness among landowners and the community in general, to use alternatives to 1080 and to be part of the process. The agencies were very impressed with the proposed trapping plan presented for the whole of Kennedy Bay. This had been the way things had been done a few years previously but had been stopped for funding reasons.

The meeting highlighted the importance of proper meaningful consultation with communities before any actions are taken.

The agencies, in particular Waikato Regional Council, are revisiting the issue.

Brophy's Beach geotech wall maintenance – Sandbag maintenance will take place from Tuesday 6 April - Friday 16 April as required by the Waikato Regional Council consent. Signage and temporary fencing will be installed for the duration of the work. The area will not be accessible due to heavy machinery operating.

(Pictured right: Pepe Toilets redevelopment, Tairua)

Pepe toilets, Tairua - All foundation work has been completed including the plumbing and drainage work. The last of the roof beams will be craned on site this coming Monday. The roof posts will be set up next week and the roof is expected to be completed by the end of the week. The expected finish date has been delayed till the end of April as works were delayed due to wet weather.

Road works - For a summary of roading activities programmed for our District next week see tcdc.govt.nz/roading.

(Pictured above - proposed design of the Community Hub).

A council-owned property at Pound Street in Coromandel Town will now be owned by the Coromandel Independent Living Trust (CILT) so a community hub can be built. This was approved by Council at its meeting this week.

Since 2018 our Council has been working with CILT around the purchase of this land to build a community centre, with a Deed of Grant signed in 2019.

As a condition of the sale, CILT had to submit the proposed design of the Community Hub building for approval prior to any application for building consent. The design, including an office space, a meeting room, bathrooms, a laundry, food bank, physio, kitchen, and a hot desk room has been approved by the Board.

CILT has also raised 86 per cent of the $2.1 million total budgeted for the build. For more information click here. 

Coromandel Patukirikiri Reserve (Jacks Point) boat ramp - 
Repair work on the western side’s retaining structure is due to start next month. The scope of work will look to replace the wall lagging, the tie backs will be replaced to a newly constructed deadman. The existing piles will be retained where possible. Any further development of the ramp is subject to the Long Term Plan.

NZ Banks are phasing out cheques - what does this mean for us

NZ Banks are phasing out cheques and after Thursday 20 May 2021, our Council will no longer be able to accept cheques as a form of payment. This is not our initiative but a bank-led directive.

For information on other ways you can pay things like dog registrations, LIMs or rates, visit tcdc.govt.nz/paymentoptions.

Thames Create the Vibe launch event huge success 

The Create the Vibe Launch Event on Mary Street was a hit last Friday evening with around 250 people from Thames community attending.

It was good vibes all round with lots of families and kids. Thanks to The Chunes for playing music, and Moanataiari School, Mr Whippy, and Villager café for the delicious food.

Click here for more information

Create the Vibe container days - Give us your feedback

Our staff will be at the Vibe container on Mary St from 10am - 3pm every Thursday until 22 April for you to pop in and chat and give your feedback on the new Create the Vibe public space.

We also have an online survey which is the best way to give us feedback for this new town hub. It's important to share your thoughts with us as it will shape the next stage of the project.  

More costs down the line with proposed Water Services Bill says our Mayor

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie was scheduled to speak in support of our Council’s submission to the proposed Water Services Bill hearing this week, however this was rescheduled to Monday 29 March at 9.20am in the Council Chambers. Public can arrive from 9am if they wish to listen in.

The Bill is currently going through Parliament to make its way into law.

The proposed legislation is about the delivery of drinking water and covers reticulated systems, water delivered by tanker, owners of extraction points water treatment, personnel, registration, compliance and penalties.

“This Bill, if it becomes law, will generate an avalanche of costs to providers, and users,” says Mayor Sandra.  “It will have a huge impact upon the services to the Coromandel, where we have many private, community-owned or community operated drinking water supplies.”

Water Suppliers as defined in the Bill will have to do the following:

  • Become authorised and hold a licence
  • Provide a Water Safety Plan
  • Provide a Water Risk Management Plan.
  • Undertake monitoring, which includes the water source and its ‘aesthetic’ values
  • Undertake Enforcement if a TLA
  • Costs for iwi involvement
  • Pay a prescribed levy to the Water Regulator

The general theme of our Council’s submission is that the assessment, addressing of any on-going issues including system upgrade requirements and potential take-over of these private and community-owned or community-operated drinking water supplies, not be placed upon territorial local authorities and its ratepayer base.

You can read the full submission here.

Light refreshments are being provided to those who would like to attend.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting - Monday 29 March, 10am at the Pauanui Community Hub, 23 Centreway.
  • Whangamatā Community Board meeting - Tuesday 30 March, 10am at the Whangamatā Service Centre, 620 Port Rd.
  • Thames Community Board Community meeting - Wednesday 31 March, 9am in the Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting - Tuesday 6 April, 9am at the Coromandel Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Road.
  • Mercury Bay Community Board meeting - Wednesday 7 April, 9am in the Board meeting room, 10 Monk Street.

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 meetings. If you wish to present during a public forum session, please see our website for more information on how to register.

What's on in the Coromandel?

Repco Beach Hop 2021

Repco Beach Hop 2021

Thousands of people with their classic vehicles and retro outfits are pouring into our District for the annual Repco Beach Hop Event. “A warm welcome to those joining us for New Zealand’s biggest and best celebration of all things rock’n’roll - A toe-tapping, hip-swinging, eye popping extravaganza,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

“Beach Hop is celebrating 21 years, so happy birthday and congrats to the main organiser Noddy and his crew in creating its success year on year.”

The full programme of events is on their website

As part of Repco Beach Hop 2021, there will be some road closures:

Whangamatā

  • Friday 26 March from 8am to 12pm: Lincoln Road, Charleston Avenue, Chartwell Avenue and Port Road
  • Saturday 27 March from 7am and 7pm: Complete road closure of Port Road from northern side of the Ocean Road/Port Road roundabout to the southern side of the Hunt Road/Port Road roundabout to accommodate vehicle displays, entertainment and spectator access.
    Port Road will be closed at each intersection with:
    Ocean Road
    Lincoln Road
    Aickin Road
    Casement Road
    Hetherington Road
    Hunt Road
    Winifred Avenue
    and from 8am and 10am: Esplanade Drive - Lowe Street to Ocean Road

Click here for more information on upcoming events in the Coromandel.

Could your arts group or creative project use a helping hand?

Applications for the Creative Communities Scheme are open until Friday 26 March. This is for events/projects that will take place between 28 April 2021 and 28 April 2022.

Each year Creative New Zealand provides funding to city and district councils for distributing in their area. The scheme supports more than 1,800 projects every year.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project and applications must meet one or more of the scheme’s criteria:

  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

Application forms, criteria, and relevant guidelines can be found on our website.