Whangamata Community Board meet new information service manager and request more feedback on their Community Plan 01 July 2020 Our Whangamata Community Board met yesterday. (Photo above: Kay Baker (right) hands over the keys to the Whangamata Information Service to Richard White (left) yesterday afternoon). Click here to watch the recording of the meeting. Or, it is available on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/meetings. Below is a summary of what was discussed. You can view the full agenda here. In the public forum The Whangamata Information Service (620 Port Rd) will be under the management of the Whangamata Multisport Club Inc, effective from today- 1 July. The new manager, Richard White, introduced himself to the Board and explained the club’s vision is to refine the current business model to one that is community focused, but sustainable and ready for growth as the world has changed post COVID-19. Their aim is to deliver on the potential that exists and to create a community hub that is open, collaborative and supportive to all businesses and stakeholders. “I would like to acknowledge Community Board member Kay Baker and the Whangamata Community Garden Trust for doing a fantastic job of keeping the service running and we’re excited to build on that,” says Mr White. A resident spoke about the Williamson Park platform and requested the draft Whangamata Community Plan go out for further consultation. The new Arts Collective Whangamata Chair, Graeme Smith also introduced himself to the Board. In the meeting Whangamata RSA car park agreement and discretionary grant request The Board approved the agreement (view here) as entered into with the Whangamata Returned Services Assn. Inc. for the shared use of the car park at 318 Port Road Whangamata, for a term of three years, with two further rights of renewal of three years each. They also approved $10,000 from their 2019/2020 discretionary budget to the Whangamata RSA towards the sealing of the RSA car park. Request to retain 2019/2020 Community Grants Approved for the Matariki Festival Committee, Whangamata Blue Light and Whangamata RSA to retain their unspent 2019/2020 grant as these were not used due to COVID-19. The Board agreed to take these retentions of funds into account when considering the next round of funding. Rent relief for community groups During our Council's Annual Plan deliberations, in response to COVID-19, it was suggested that Council consider providing rent relief for those groups that pay an annual rent/lease to occupy Council property for the 2020-21 financial year. The Board declined to allocate funding of $4,050 from its Discretionary Fund for the 2020/2021 financial year to provide rent relief for the 13 community groups who occupy council property in its ward. . Instead, the groups will be encouraged to apply for funding under the community grants scheme which opens 1 July if they are are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. Draft Whangamata Community Plan The Board said the draft plan was outdated and not in the level of detailed required, therefore they went through and made several amendments and requested staff implement these to a final draft plan and seek further community feedback via a public consultation process at the end of July/early August. The plans help us to understand what is important to the community and will allow Council to make informed decisions on prioritising and funding services and activities through its Long Term Plan process. Williamson Park platform options The current platform will be removed and the site will be returned to its natural state as the land is on a marginal strip, administered by the Department of Conservation on behalf of the Crown and is not owned, managed, or controlled by our Council. The platform will be stored, with future options brought back to the Community Board for their consideration. You can view the full comprehensive report here. Whangamata work programme update (Photo Courtesy of Whanga News: Our Mayor Sandra Goudie and Whangamata Community Board members Terry Walker (Councillor), Kay Baker and Ken Coulam (Chair) at the official skate park opening in June). Some highlights to note: Whangamata skate park – (Pictured above) The project is complete - tcdc.govt.nz/skate. Whangamata Harbour renewals – There are fine hairline cracks on the Whangamata wharf which are likely due to weight overload and further asset assessment will be considered under the Long Term Plan. Park and reserves renewals – The Island View playground flying fox, which had been vandalised, has been replaced in time for the school holidays. Onemana public toilets and surf club – The public toilets project is complete and resource consent has been granted for the surf club. Streetlights – Staff have been working with PowerCo to communicate the widespread outage and this has been resolved (tcdc.govt.nz/streetlights). Staff are also meeting with PowerCo to discuss why the transformer didn’t work during the last power outage as well its upcoming Ultrafast Broadband project and whether this could be an opportunity to resolve the ongoing power outages. Wentworth Valley Road – Last month the earthworks and drainage works were done, with the balance of works planned to recommence in Spring when more favourable ground and weather conditions allow project completion. It is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Nib Kerb construction - Construction on Kiwi Road has started and the project will also include Lowe Street drainage improvements. Whangamata boardwalk extension – The trial was scheduled to be installed last week but delayed due to weather. A hui will be held on 17 July with the Department of Conservation, and all going to plan, the Esplanade construction will commence in September. The Coastal Erosion and Dune Management Assessment is now also avaliable on our website – tcdc.govt.nz/whangaboardwalk. CCTV – There’s been delays due to Spark declining their request to install the camera on their tower and we are now exploring options with Vodafone. Pedestrian crossing – The Board requested an update on a safe crossing option for those with mobility challenges and those using strollers crossing Ocean Road into Williamson Park. You can view the full Whangamata Community Board 2019/2020 work programme as at 30 May 2020 here.