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Board of Trustees request Chairman to be community representative on Governance Group

The Moanataiari Primary School's Board of Trustees has nominated its Chairman, Shane Bromley, as the Moanataiari community representative on the project's governance group.

"We have accepted the Board's nomination and request for Shane to sit on the governance group," said Mayor Glenn Leach. "He lives in Moanataiari, he's the school's Chairman and is a well regarded community leader."

Shane will join Deputy Mayor Peter French and incoming Chief Executive David Hammond, who are the Thames-Coromandel District Council representatives on the governance group.

"Given the pace at which we need to move to get the testing in place, and the results and recommendations done and dusted by March, we had to make some fast and logical decisions. With Peter, David and Shane on this project, Moanataiari residents can have peace of mind that this is a priority project and we have the community's best interests at heart."

Community Forums will continue to be held throughout the project to ensure all residents have access to the same information and can ask questions of the governance group members.

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Membership of the governance group

Community Representatives

Mr. Shane Bromley

Local iwi representative still to be finalised


Thames-Coromandel District Council

Deputy Mayor, Peter French (alternative Mayor Glenn Leach)

Chief Executive, David Hammond


Waikato Regional Council

Councillor Simon Friar

Deputy Chief Executive, Clare Crickett


Ministry for the Environment

Director Environmental Protection, Kevin Currie

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What does the Governance Group do?

In a nutshell, the governance group will approve the project plan and 'sign-off' on things like who the contractors will be to undertake the testing and any mitigation/remediation work that needs to be done.

They are ultimately responsible for the project and the funding from local, regional and central government.

The meetings will be open to the public and minutes will also be recorded and posted on our website.

Francois Pienaar, the Project Manager, will report to this group and seek various decisions from them.

The community will continue to have major input into this project through the community forums and through their community representatives and elected members on the governance group.

Of course we will also be working with individual property owners when we get the test results back for each property.

Council staff are always available for a chat and we will also be holding another residents meeting in the New Year.

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Work almost done at the schools

Visit the project webpages

We have pretty much finished our work at the schools at Moanataiari, including remediating the veggie garden at the Primary School and dust sealing around the Thames Early Childhood Education Centre.

Here's a summary of what we've done:

1. Remediated the veggie garden at the primary school and capped the soil around the veggie garden with a concrete path (we'll replace the plants next year ready for term 1).

2. Sealed the Education Centre's drive, sealed Owen Street and fixed a few dusty spots on Tararu Rd and Owen St near the Centre.

3. Replaced the sand pit sand at the Education Centre.

4. Cleaned all the carpets.

5. Placed a "kickboard" around the base of the decking at the Education Centre to stop kids getting access to soil under the deck.

6. Placed some matts and bark around some 'skuff marks' under the 'played-in' trees at the Primary School.

The backyard at the Thames Early Childhood Education Centre, which requires more testing, is still closed off, but will be sorted out as soon as possible.

All three schools at Moanataiari are safe for the kids, so please don't worry about anything; between all the agencies and owners, we have ensured the kids can hit the ground running and crawling next term!

Read more about the test results from the schools.

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85% of residents have sent back their permission forms

A big thank you to those who have sent in their permission forms, so we can organise soil tests for your property. We have collected 85% so far, which was up from 80% last week.

If you haven't filled one in, download one here and bring it in to us or post it in.

You can also pick up a copy at our Thames Service Centre.

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Next steps and timeframes

The Thames-Coromandel District Council, Waikato Regional Council, the Waikato District Health Board and the Ministry for the Environment are working together to:

1. Develop the project plan and tender documents (to appoint a contractor) for the testing of private property.

2. Carry out further testing and analyse the implications of the results.

3. Decide what land remediation measures are necessary.

4. Manage the public health risk associated with the contamination.

We are still aiming for the testing and subsequent reports to be finished by March 2012, so a new funding application can be lodged with the MfE for any remediation work (50% of the costs).

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Stay in touch

We are holding community forums every Thursday at 3.30pm at the Moanataiari Primary School, so feel free to come along have a chat with us at this informal catch-up.


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Project Background

Please visit our website to find out more about the Moanataiari project.

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