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Our budget and project proposals for the next 10 years are ready – now it’s your turn to have your say on our Long Term Plan

12 March 2021

Our consultation on the draft Long Term Plan (LTP) for 2021-2031 starts today and runs until 4pm on Monday 12 April.

“This is a big one,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “We’ve signalled for some time that we’re facing challenges around things like dealing with peak summer demand and affordability, increasing costs with rubbish and recycling, meeting national drinking water standards, planning for sustainable growth, addressing climate change - all under the lens of COVID-19.

“We need to increase our rates each year just to maintain what we currently deliver, but we share our communities' concern about the affordability of rates increases. So we’re going out with a ‘no-frills’ budget, which means we will only spend money on essentials, and we’re looking at how we can generate revenue in other ways,” says Mayor Sandra.

A no-frills budget

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We’ve got two lists we’re sharing with the public. The ‘no frills’ budget list is our must do’s – 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.

This No Frills/Must Do list would mean the lowest average rates increase next year, looking at around 7.1 per cent, or $213.81 on average per ratepayer.

In our consultation document the No Frills/Must Do list is our Council’s preferred option.

There is a second list the ‘Nice to Haves’ which is a list of ‘nice to have’ projects that Community Boards mainly would like to have happen. 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.

Compared to other councils around the country that 7.1 per cent average rates increase is sitting on par with what many other councils are proposing. The lowest in the country being around 4 per cent and the highest around 26 per cent.

Our consultation document has examples of what’s happening with rates for different property types broken down by our Community Board areas. The consultation document is available on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021.

Our online Rating Information Database (www.tcdc.govt.nz/rates) will be available soon to find out what your rates would be for the 2021/22 financial year under our ‘no frills’ budget.

We have some other issues that we’re asking for your feedback on:

  1. A community-led iniative from Matarangi for our Council to purchase land now occupied by the Matarangi Golf Course to protect the land long-term.
  2. A proposal to provide a grant to the Whangamatā Community Swimming Pool Inc to assist with necessary pool improvements.
  3. The potential sale of a Council-owned property in Whangamatā.
  4. Proposals to address the increasing costs of rubbish and recycling – which includes reviewing our current peak summer collection service, whether we continue to have Moloks in Whangapoua and Opito, and the services at our Matarangi and Pauanui Refuse Transfer Stations.
  5. Fees and charges – we’re proposing to investigate new ways of getting visitors to pay for the services they use like parking and boat launching, and to increase some of our fees and charges for some of our services like cemeteries and airfields.

Our consultation document also raises other important topics including:

  • Changes to i-SITE services
  • A replacement pool for Thames
  • Spatial Planning for our towns, with Thames being the first area of focus
  • The longer-term future of our rubbish and recycilng services and how it’s implemented
  • How we are financing our work – in our draft Financial Strategy
  • How we’re planning and preparing for infrastructure  - in our draft Infrastructure Strategy

You can comment on these and any LTP-related matter.

How to have your say:

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Our proposals for the LTP are detailed in our consultation document What’s the future? Ka aha ā kō ake nei?

This is on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021 - and you can put in a submission online through that web page. Or, pick up a hard copy at one of our service centres. More details on how to have your say are below.

Do it all online: tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021

Alternatively:

Download the submission form from our website or available at our service centres. Either drop your completed submission form in to us, post or email it back.

Post: LTP submission, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag 1001, Thames 3540

Service Centres:

  • 515 Mackay Street, Thames
  • 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town
  • 10 Monk Street, Whitianga
  • 620 Port Road, Whangamatā

Email: consultation@tcdc.govt.nz

Need help?

We’ve got a handy Frequently Asked Questions document on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021.

If you need help making your submission just get in touch. Phone 07 868 0200 or email consultation@tcdc.govt.nz.

Find out more - have a cuppa tea with Mayor Sandra

We're holding drop-in sessions so you can take any questions that aren't answered in our consultation document or our FAQs to Mayor Sandra, other elected members and senior staff.

Saturday 20 March

  • Tairua: 9-11am Tairua Community Hall, 210 Main Rd
  • Pauanui: 12-2pm Pauanui Hub, 23 Centreway
  • Whangamatā: 3-5pm Whangamata TCDC Service Centre, 620 Port Rd

Sunday 21 March

  • Coromandel Town: 9-11am Coromandel Town TCDC Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Rd
  • Whitianga: 1-3pm Mercury Bay TCDC Service Centre, 10 Monk St

Thursday 25 March

Thames: 11am-1pm, Thames TCDC Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St

Can't make if for a cuppa? Join an online forum

Email your questions ahead of time to communicationsteam@tcdc.govt.nz.

We’ll publish details of how to join closer to the time on tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021 and our Facebook page. The current online forum times are:

  • Thursday 18 March 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 25 March 9-10am
  • Wednesday 31 March 11am-12pm

Or, come to the Whangamatā Grey Power meeting

  • Wednesday 31 March 10:30am-12pm, Whangamatā Memorial Hall, 328 Port Rd