Council adopts 2017-2018 Annual Report 01 November 2018 Our Council's latest annual report is now available, reflecting our focus on getting back to basics and delivering for a growing Thames-Coromandel district through ongoing investment in core infrastructure projects. Photo: The Jack McLean Community Recreation Centre, a completed project. The 2017/18 Annual Report was adopted by our Council this week. This is a snapshot of how we delivered on projects, services and spending compared to forecasts for the financial year in the Annual Plan. The full document can be read here at www.tcdc.govt.nz/annualreport. Our Council's focus on infrastructure extends to several new projects alongside upgrades and repairs for our roading network, water treatment facilities. town centre upgrades and investment in coastal management. Once again we experienced some heavy-hitting weather this year. Of particular note, was the January 5 storm event that affected our communities on our western Thames Coast. Despite the challenges we faced, the response and recovery demonstrated the community could cope, be resilient and rebuild quickly. It was also a year in which we worked with our communities to complete the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, our key budget and planning document which serves as a roadmap for budgets, projects and services for the next ten years. This was a major focus for elected members and staff, says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “The Long Term Plan also identifies some of the challenges and opportunities we see on the horizon for our district,” Mayor Sandra says. “Working with our communities is central to this process, and we were delighted with the huge number of submissions on our consultation document – 784 all up – that’s more than we’ve had on a Long Term Plan for quite some time,” Mayor Sandra says. “It was pleasing to see our communities so engaged and taking the time to participate in local democracy.” You can find out more about our Long Term Plan through visiting our website – or feel free to pop into one of the Council offices. Our Chief Executive Rob Williams says with the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan complete, we have been able to hit the ground running for this new financial year, with a sharp focus on the services and facilities our communities have told us they want to see in our district. “Council remains committed to delivering the best service to you, our customer, and ensuring the communities of the Thames-Coromandel district are great places to live, work and visit,” Rob says. Completion of the Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade is a key project over the year ahead, and is scheduled to be completed by October 2019. Highlights of the 2017-2018 year We had a number of highlights in the 2017/18 year; including: • Upgrade of the Thames Water Treatment plant to make it compliant with drinking water standards, as well as chlorinating the Hahei and Pauanui water supplies to ensure those communities can rely on safe drinking water. • Resolving appeals to the District Plan. We are pleased to report 33 of 72 appeals have now been entirely resolved, bringing us much closer to the new District Plan being made fully operative. • The Jack McLean Community Recreation Centre in Thames opened on 16 February 2018. This facility is already being well used and demonstrates a successful partnership between Council and the Ministry of Education. • We processed 331 resource consents. While this was down on 2016/17 (395 consents), the volumes demonstrate there continues to be momentum for development in our district. • Sealing the remaining 2.2km of the Kauaeranga Valley Road up to the Department of Conservation visitor centre. • Adoption of our Coastal Management Strategy, which sets out a range of initiatives we will be taking over the coming years to better manage our coastal assets and understand the risk of coastal inundation and coastal erosion. The 2018-2028 Long Term Plan includes $2.6 million over three years to support us implementing this strategy. Covering 400 kilometres, our Coromandel district has one of the largest coastlines in the country, and our council is focused on building 'resilient' coastal communities that can respond to and recover from these sorts of hazards, which are common to many parts of New Zealand.