Labour Weekend in the Coromandel 19 October 2018 The much anticipated long weekend that marks the start of summer is almost here. If you are visiting or live in the Coromandel, Labour Weekend marks a few changes you need to take note of. Our Council Offices, District libraries and Thames Centennial Pool will be closed on Labour Day, Monday 22 October. If you would like to provide general correspondence to Council, you can send us an email, or fill out a request for service online www.tcdc.govt.nz/rfs. (Please note these are only monitored during office hours). If your matter is urgent please contact us on 07 868 0200. The Coromandel region is host to numerous events over Labour Weekend and there's always something to do for the whole family. Click here to see what’s on in the Coromandel. Plan ahead to stay safe and avoid delays on our roads The NZ Transport Agency has developed a tool that shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys based on travel patterns from previous years which includes the Coromandel. It can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/holidayjourneys. "Holiday weekends are always busy across Waikato and Bay of Plenty so congestion and delays are inevitable in peak times. But if everyone leaves plenty of time for their journey, drives to the conditions and plans ahead before leaving home, the worst of the frustrations can be eased and everyone can concentrate on arriving safely," says an NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager, Nigel D’Ath. "Look for an alternative route or consider leaving when the traffic is lighter, either early in the morning or later in the day." Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents, weather and even driver behaviour, we suggest that you check here before you leave for accurate information about current road and traffic conditions. When driving this Labour Weekend, take care to: Drive to the conditions, whether it’s the weather, the time of day or amount of traffic Take regular breaks to stay alert and ensure fatigue doesn’t affect your driving Keep a safe following distance from vehicles in front so you can stop safely Be patient - overtaking is unlikely to make a significant difference to your journey time due to the amount of traffic expected over the weekend. Allow plenty of time, remember you are on holiday and avoid the need to rush Check your car is in good "health" before you head off. Share the road with cyclists. In the lead up to the Coromandel’s biggest road cycle race – the Flight Centre K2 Road Cycle Classic and associated events next weekend, more cyclists will be on our roads training. Please be careful, patient and share the road. Walking tracks The Department of Conservation is closing 21 tracks across kauri land which includes our district to prevent the spread of kauri dieback. 10 tracks will also be partially closed and upgraded to protect kauri roots and eliminate wet and muddy sections of track. The track closures are permanent, however a track closure may be reconsidered in the future should information become available that would ensure public access would not cause any risk to kauri. The 10 partially closed tracks will be upgraded to protect kauri roots and to eliminate wet and muddy sections – ensuring visitors don’t accidently spread the disease by moving soil around with them. Sections of these tracks will be permanently closed. Click here to view the full list. Dog rules Dogs are restricted on the beach in some areas from 9am – 6pm on all holiday weekends, and from Labour Weekend to 1 March dogs are now prohibited in some areas. It is important to remember that dogs need to be on-lead when walking around our local roads and town centres. We provide off-leash dog exercise areas which are sign posted and can be found on our website. If you're in doubt about when and where you can walk your dog, keep an eye out for signs and maps, pop into one of our Council offices or head to our website www.tcdc.govt.nz/dogrules. For information on dog access to conservation land check www.doc.govt.nz. Kerbside There will be no Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection on Monday 22 October because of the Labour Day public holiday so collections for the rest of the week will be one day late. It is Week 1 in our fortnightly recycling collection, so if the address sticker on your wheelie bin has a 1 next to your usual collection day, put out your wheelie bin along with your glass crate and blue rubbish bag on the kerbside by 7:30am for collection. Check our website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside for the schedule for your area. Please don’t overfill your glass crate. If you need more than one crate for recyclable glass, extras can be bought from any of our Council offices for $15. And please don’t put out broken crates – you can get them replaced free at our council offices. If you’re visiting the Coromandel for Labour Weekend but leaving before your Kerbside collection day, you can drop off your rubbish in our official blue rubbish bags and recycling free at any of our seven Refuse Transfer Stations. All of our transfer stations are open until 5:30pm over the long weekend, including Labour Day Monday. Check our website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/rts for hours and locations. Liquor bans Throughout our District, alcohol bans will be in force during holiday periods, including long weekends. These are strictly enforced by the police and you may be instantly fined $250 or arrested if you breach an alcohol ban in a public place. You must not consume or take alcohol into any public place while alcohol bans are in force. For more information see our website www.tcdc.govt.nz/liquorbans. Fire permits Our Council no longer issues fire permits, Fire and Emergency New Zealand does. Go to their website www.checkitsalright.nz if you wish to apply for a fire permit. We’re currently in a Restricted Fire Season and you will need a permit for any fire in the open. Boat ramps, harbours and wharfs Boating is an important leisure and commercial activity this time of year. Find out about boat ramps and wharves, where they are located, the costs to use them and some of the rules here on our website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/boatramps. If you enjoy casting out a line anywhere from Kopu, up along the Thames Coast through to North of Coromandel Town, our free west coast fishing calendar may be exactly what you are looking for. You can pick up your free copy from our council offices, as well as bait and fishing shops along the Thames Coast and Coromandel Town. Click here for further details. Freedom Camping If you’re camping on Council land, your vehicle must be certified as self-contained by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, check their website www.nzmca.org.nz for details. Freedom camping is prohibited in some specific areas or restricted to designated zones - both are clearly sign-posted. If you intend to camp or stay overnight on a reserve or in a public place and your vehicle is not certified as self-contained, please look for a commercial or Department of Conservation campground. There is a $200 instant fine for offending on Council land. See www.tcdc.govt.nz/camping for more. Civil Defence - Be prepared The weather is looking fantastic this weekend, however New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when it will happen, but we can definitely take steps to protect ourselves and our family. If you haven’t already made an emergency plan with your household and have some free time this weekend, check out happens.nz and work it out today. Familiarise yourself with our local community guides to emergencies at www.tcdc.govt.nz/tvcd. It's also important to stay informed before, during and after emergencies. The more avenues of communication available to you, the better. Here are some we recommend: Weather updates - MetService. State Highways (SH25, SH25A, SH26 in the Coromandel): NZTA. You can also call NZTA on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) for traffic and travel information. You can also use their journey-planning website www.onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways. Council roads - We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters. If you see an issue that needs attention, call us on 07 868 0200. Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here. Red Cross Hazards App - Alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play. Emergency Mobile Alert - These can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here Waikato Regional Council - Online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here. Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here and check out their website for updates here. Know your neighbours, even if it’s your holiday home. Power outage - Contact Powerco or your provider.