Enjoy a safe summer at New Zealand’s best beach – Whangamata 19 December 2018 If you’re heading to Whangamata for some family fun in the sun this summer, here are some things you need to know. Photo: Christel Yardley (Stuff) - Overlooking Williamson Park in Whangamata. Williamson Park There will be no commercial ticketed evening events at Williamson Park this year. Enjoy the new sheltered BBQ areas and the same family fun events last year – this includes night and day markets, yoga, Miss Whangamata, Whanga week and fun solutions. We have not had any event organisers informing us that they were unable to hold their event in Whangamata due to public liability or any other legislative requirements. Fusion events sent an email to Council on 27 September informing us they were unable to run events this year as they couldn’t get their regular pool of volunteers. Sign up to our weekly events newsletter for information on other events coming up in Whangamata www.tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe or follow us on Facebook. Whangamata Wharf New ladders have been installed so children can access them at low tide and there will be three wharf wardens working from 26 December to ensure all users of the wharf have fun and are safe when fishing, boating and jumping. Whangamata Service Centre Our Whangamata Council service centre (620 Port Rd) will be closed 24 December and public holidays. We are open 27, 28 and 31 December from 9am-4pm. Normal hours resume on 3 January. For general enquiries over this time email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note that this email address is only monitored during office hours). For urgent enquires call our 24-hour service line: 07 868 0200. New alcohol control bylaw Our Council has adopted the new Alcohol Control Bylaw took effect from 18 December. It consists of year-round, 24/7 town centre alcohol bans, as well as Christmas/New Year and long weekend alcohol bans on many of our beaches and seaside reserves. For Whangamata there will now be a permanent year-round town centre ban (24/7). Check the maps showing the alcohol ban areas and dates on our website www.tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol. Summer Kerbside collections Our summer Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection schedule starts 27 December. Collections will be one day later after Christmas, Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day. Bags left in cages or hung from trees or poles will no longer be collected, so please place your rubbish bags on the kerbside, on the morning of the collection day. If pests are a concern, you can buy a gullinator from any of our Council offices for $15. These are the brainchild of Whangamata resident Anna Fryer and made from sturdy plastic mesh, a hoop and a drawstring and sits over the rubbish bag placed on the kerbside to protect it from pests. Check out our website for more information www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside. Whangamata Summer Refuse Transfer Station Hours Now open 8.30-4pm Monday to Friday, 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturdays and 10.30-6.30 on Sundays and public holidays.If you’re leaving town before collection day, please drop off your rubbish at the Whangamata Refuse Transfer Station when you leave. See www.tcdc.govt.nz/rts for further details. Dogs From 20 December to 31 January and on all holiday weekends between 9am-6pm, dogs are prohibited on the main beach. Dogs must be on lead when walking in public, approaching a wildlife area and as instructed by a compliance officer. To download a copy of the map or to find out the rules for other areas see www.tcdc.govt.nz/dogs. For everything else you need to know including fire bans, water restrictions, boat ramps, freedom camping and more see www.tcdc.govt.nz/summerinfo. You can also get a copy of our summer tips, camping guides, dogs brochure and much more at our Whangamata Service Centre or Whangamata Information Centre, both on Port Road.