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Thames Community Board allocates grant funding

13 August 2020

Thames Community Board allocated nearly $60,000 of community board grants at its meeting yesterday to a broad range of local groups that run sports, events and carry out good works in the Board area.

The two-part recording of the meeting can be viewed above, or is on our website at The meeting agenda is here

The Community Board received 30 applications totalling $122,044 – more than twice the funding available to disburse.

“We’d loved to have supported all the applications we received, they were all for really worthwhile projects,” Board Chair Strat Peters says. “The Board focused on applications that we thought would deliver the most impact to the people of the Thames area.”

The funding allocated was:

Thames Museum Society Inc - To assist the establishment of a new permanent gallery "Thames through the Ages" - $3,000

Age Concern Hauraki Coromandel Inc - An expo event to commemorate the International Day of the Older Person - $500

Steampunk the Thames Inc - To cover costs of free entertainment for the Steampunk festival family events - $6,000

Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield Inc - Reimbursement of building consent application fee for the Hurricane component at the Thames Airfield - $815

Royal NZ SPCA - To run a desexing and microchipping programme in Thames - $2,000

Thames Community Centre Trust - Support for costs related to Drivers Licence programme - $2,000

Thames Squash Rackets Club Inc - To retile shower in clubhouse change room - $500

Transition Town Thames - Cost of Thames Civic Centre hire for 10 months - $360

The Coromandel Peninsula Wander Search Charitable Trust - Purchase of tracking pendants and devices, admin and mileage - $1,000

Ngati Maru Runanga - To create an art mural at Thames Storage - $5,000

Totally Thames Inc - To fund costs of new community arts festival Solarpunk Aotearoa - $6,000

Thames Christmas Wonderland - To have the Thames Civic Centre hireage fees waived ($4,537) and additional funds to buy lights and run event ($2,000) - $6,537

Thames Gymsports - Costs associated with a Gymfest competition - $1,385

Te Aputa Tira Hoe Waka Ama Club - Assist with running costs of final race in the Hauraki Summer Series - $1,500

Te Aputa Tira Hoe Waka Ama Club - To purchase 20 paddles and 10 life jackets to run the Waka Kidz programme - $4,000

Thames Tumble Tots - Annual hireage of Thames Civic Centre $1,350

Thames Business Association - Seeking seed funding for an inaugural Food Festival to complement the launch of the Mary Street project - $7,000

Thames Junior Cricket Club - To assist with costs to form 3 enclosed cricket nets with concrete bases - $7,000

Friends of the Bright Smile Community Gardens - To pay for costs of seeds and seedlings, ongoing maintenance and rebuilding parts of the garden beds - $3,000

Spirit of Coromandel Trust - To assist with costs to send 4 young people from Thames to Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Centre - $1,000

Total Grant funding requested - $59,947

Total Grant funding available - $60,000

The Board allocated $2,446 from its Discretionary Fund to Thames Croquet Club to assist with rates payments for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Also at the meeting

Public Forum:

Deborah MacDonald Brown updated the Board on her concept for a ‘Solarpunk’ festival for Thames, planned for May next year. She said she would like Council assistance obtaining regulatory permission for the event, which in turn would enable her to attract sponsorship.

Thames Pak ‘n’ Save owner Matt Heap joined the Thames Business Association’s board at their AGM last week. He updated the Community Board on the business association’s partnership with Mediaworks to hold a food and buskers festival in March next year, to celebrate the new-look Mary Street precinct. Thames has a chance to reimagine the look and function of the area around the intersection of Pollen and Mary streets thanks to 90 per cent funding from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Our Council is launching a community co-design phase in September to see how the businesses and people of Thames would like to reimagine this area to make it a more people friendly civic space. See for more information.

Scott Mackenzie of of the Thames Junior Cricket Club spoke in support of the Club’s application for community board grant funding for new cricket nets at Rhodes Park. The club formed last year and had a successful first season. Interest in cricket in Thames has been reinvigorated.

Also on the agenda:

See the full meeting agenda here.

The Board approved the request of Thames Music Group to retain unspent funds of $100 from its 2019/20 community board grant of $900, to spend this financial year as one of the group’s planned concerts was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Board recommended to Council that it grant leases at Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield to two parties to erect hangars for small aircraft. The leases would be for 15-year terms at market rates assessed by a registered valuer.

2020 Community Service Awards

The Board supported a Council proposal to change the approach to the Community Service Awards, held every two years, from appointments being made at a district-level by Council, to being considered and awarded by Community Boards themselves. This means each Community Board will award two Community Service Awards.

The awards will be advertised by Friday, 21 August, and nominations will close at 4pm on Thursday, 1 October.

The Board will then consider the nominations for the Thames Community Board area at its November meeting.

Recipients will receive awards at the Council meeting on 8 December 2020.

2020 Work Programme

The Board received updates on some projects in the Thames area. Here are some highlights:

Brown Street toilet: Construction of a replacement toilet block on Brown St, opposite the School of Mines, is planned for early October. The Board has approved a design for a four-pan toilet block, including one mobility pan, and two urinals. Ngati Maru was consulted and were very helpful with the site, which will occupy the existing toilet footprint. Resource consent has been issued and the archaeological assessment has been completed.

Footpath rehabilitation and construction: As it’s early in the financial year, staff are identifying stretches of existing footpath that require maintenance or replacement and identifying areas where new footpaths are required for safety reasons.