Business tourism opportunity opens up in Tairua 05 July 2019 If you're interested in the tourism business, an opportunity has come up to manage the Tairua campground. The Tairua campground will be revitalised with the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board unanimously agreeing to spruce up the campground in time for next summer. The lease on the campground has been handed back to Council, which has provided an opportunity to reassess the future of the campground. The campground is currently closed until 1 October 2019 so the kitchen and bathroom areas can be renovated. Tender applications to run the Tairua campground are open until 26 July, and a site visit will take place for interested parties on 10 July. Some of the requirements for running the campground include relevant experience and a track record, with technical and management skills. See tcdc.govt.nz/tairuacampground for more information and documentation. For any further questions contact our Property and Facilities Manager, Jon Muston - firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 868 0301. Whangamata interim information service Thanks to Mauro Bender and Katrina (Kat) Millar, owners and operators of Surf N Stay and Surfs Up in Whangamata, who have taken on the temporary, interim tourism information service in Whangamata, out of our Port Road property. Mauro and Kat's business includes surfing lessons and camps, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga and hostel accommodation. "We have found Whangamata is a great town to raise our children and run our business, so we wanted to help out and ensure the information tourism service could stay open,” says Kat. “If you have updated information about your business, including brochures or posters, please pop in and have a chat.” Our Council is currently assessing Expressions of Interest from people interested in running the Information Service long-term. We've received five registrations of interest, which will be discussing with the Whangamata Community Board before a decision is made by Council. Until a new provider is secured, the hours of service will be: Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 1pm For all enquiries outside these hours please use Destination Coromandel's website www.thecoromandel.com or phone 0800 651 477. Royal Billy Point upgrade, Pauanui Work on the upgrade to the Royal Billy Point wharf and boat ramp in Pauanui is underway. Security fencing has been installed and signange (pictured above) will be up on Monday. The boat ramp is closed to the public effective immediately, however public access to the Pauanui Wharf will be open over the weekend, and then closed until the end of September during construction. Alternative boat ramp access for Pauanui based vessels is available at Pleasant Point and public recreation access remains available from the public jetty at Pauanui Waterways. Further closure of the Pauanui wharf will also be required for approximately one week in October so we can install a floating pontoon and landing bridge. Fencing and signage will be put up advising the public and updates can also be found at tcdc.govt.nz/royalbillypoint. We thank everyone for their patience while the work to upgrade the wharf takes place.