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Find out more about our fairy-friendly District and other work happening in your neighbourhood in our weekly wrap-up

05 March 2021

Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District.

This week's wrap-up:

  • Tsunami activity – expect strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore
  • We're a fairy-friendly District - Parks Week 2021
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Kerbside waste audit
  • Emergency Management Committee meeting highlights and upcoming meetings
  • Our latest Economic Development update - What effect will the latest COVID-19 lockdown have on the Coromandel?
  • What's on in the Coromandel?
  • Creative Communities Scheme – Funding available for local arts groups and projects.

If you missed the last update, read it here.

Tsunami activity – expect strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore

The tsunami threat has been downgraded, but people in the Coromandel should stay off the beach and off the water as coastal areas can expect to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore. Click here for the latest update and information on how to stay informed.

We're a fairy-friendly District - Parks Week 2021

Parks Week begins this weekend and we have lots of activities planned on some of the many reserves around our District, running from 6-14 March.

We have cycle awareness workshops, cemetery tours, children’s activities, selfie frames and much more, organised to promote the value of our wonderful parks and open space reserves, to encourage you to get outside and use them.

Unfortunately, due to Alert Level 2 restrictions, the Tiger Moth Club annual fly-in and the Children's Day are cancelled.

For more information on these events click here.

Photo above: The new fairy house on Buffalo Beach installed by our Community Facilities team to celebrate Parks Week this year.

Don't forget: Send us your best photo of activities in your local park or reserve in our District by Sunday 14 March to sue.costello@tcdc.govt.nz and be in to win a Stirling Sports voucher. There will be six winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) for our junior section (16 years and below) and open section (17 years and above).

Please note: One entry per person. When sending in your photos please supply date of birth, contact number and reserve/park location (where the photo was taken).

More information can be found on our website here.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Pepe toilets, Tairua - (concept design pictured above) Redevelopment of the toilets is planned to start on Monday, 8 March and will be completed mid-April 2021 (weather dependent) – tcdc.govt.nz/pepetoilets.

Cook Drive, Whitianga pedestrian crossing - The newly installed pedestrian crossing has been damaged and reported to the police. “This is unacceptable, and we’ll continue to replace anything that is taken down,” says our Roading Manager Ed Varley. “It’s an unnecessary cost to the ratepayer and I urge anyone who knows about this vandalism to contact us or police.”

The Blind Foundation requested the crossing, which is located close to a busy intersection, be improved to provide a safer use by the visually impaired,. This request was supported by the Mercury Bay Community Board and didn’t require public consultation as it was an existing pedestrian crossing.

Coromandel Long Bay - (pictured right) The gabion basket seawall at Long Bay has been replaced with new stainless steel baskets to protect the foreshore and buildings.

Whitianga Town Centre Art – We’re working with both the artist, James Webster and contractors to complete the installation of the ten Manukarere Pou in Taylors Mistake after Easter.

Reserve name change - (pictured right) The new sign for Bayliss Reserve, previously known as 309 Waterhole Reserve, is completed and waiting to be installed. The reserve has been renamed after Clifford and Maureen Bayliss who kindly gifted our Council from their farm in October 1981 what was known as the 309 swimming hole.

Mercury Bay Skate Park - The steel shade shelters will be installed later this month and the remaining landscaping is scheduled to be completed in April - tcdc.govt.nz/skate.

Coromandel wharf - The section of dilapidated decking has been replaced with new 75mm treated decking.

Drinking Water Treatment Plant upgrades:

  • Coromandel Town – Construction nearing completion and commissioning will start in April with an official opening likely to be in May/June 2021.
  • Beverley Hills (Whangamatā) – Construction work is almost finished, and the plant installation work is expected to start in April/May 2021.
  • Wentworth Valley (Whangamatā) – The building consent submission is due mid-March and we hope to start on this site in May 2021.
  • Moana Point (Whangamatā) – Enabling works will start in April 2021.
  • Hahei – Drilling has started to establish potential locations of new underground aquifers.

See tcdc.govt.nz/dws for more information.

Kōpū Marine Precinct - Our project team have assessed all the Requests for Interest for the construction work with the intent to go out to tender in April to the short list of preferred contractors. The tender process is running concurrently with our application for the fast-track consent and we expect a decision on this by mid-July.

Peer review of the design documentation is progressing, and planned staging of construction begins in July, which starts with forming new roading at King St roading and the hardstand build. The marine work is planned to start at the end of September. Completion of the boat ramp is anticipated to be done by Christmas and the Wharf by May 2022. All things going well we hope to have everything completed by July 2022 - tcdc.govt.nz/kopumarineprecinct.

Whangamatā RSA - (pictured above) The new vehicle crossing has been completed at the Whangamatā RSA by our roading team in collaboration between Ventia and Duffin Landscaping.

Road works - For a summary of roading activities programmed for our District next week see tcdc.govt.nz/roading.

Thames Create the Vibe

Planters are painted, seats are in, lights are up and the new temporary, shared pedestrian space in the centre of Thames town is ready to enjoy. The trial is part of a range of Create the Vibe Thames activities to add vibrancy and colour to the town centre. Click here to read more.

Kerbside waste audit

We've contracted Waste Not Consultants to carry out a waste audit in our district under the Solid Waste Protocols from Ministry for the Environment. The team will be collecting rubbish from the kerbside to analyse the composition of the contents, so we have a better idea of what makes up our waste, and help us find ways to minimise what goes into the rubbish and recycling.

The waste audit will be carried out over three consecutive weekdays and you may see a team of workers taking bags or emptying private wheelie bins:

  • Monday 22 March – Whangamatā
  • Tuesday 23 March – Whitianga
  • Wednesday 24 March – Thames

Committee meeting highlights and upcoming meetings

Emergency Management Committee

The paging system triggering the 27 tsunami sirens around the Coromandel will start to be disconnected over the next few months. This was endorsed at our Council’s Emergency Management Committee meeting yesterday. Read more here.

Shoreline Management Plan Governance Committee

This meeting was postponed with a new date to be confirmed. However, the project is still well on track with our four coastal panels meeting in February to discuss the latest hazard information/risk acceptability and this month they will be meeting to provide feedback on how the assessment of hazards has feed into the assessment of risks and risk tolerance and to hear from key stakeholders – the insurance sector, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Waikato Regional Council. You can view the coastal panel meeting agendas and minutes at tcdc.govt.nz/coastalpanels.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Council Hearing for Mercury Bay Reserve Management Plan – 9am, Tuesday 9 March in the Mercury Bay Service Centre.
  • Special Council Meeting – 9am, Wednesday 10 March in the Council Chambers.

Copies of agendas, reports and minutes are available on this page or at Council offices, two days before the meeting.

Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the public part of the meetings.

Our latest Economic Development update - What effect will the latest COVID-19 lockdown have on the Coromandel?

This latest COVID-19 lockdown will be having a huge impact on Auckland, our biggest city, with the flow-on effects expected to be felt around the country.

For the Coromandel, Aucklanders are an important economic contributor for our district, which is reflected in our latest quarterly data which has just been released.

Our latest quarterly economic data, for the three months up to the end of December 2020 also reflects the impact COVID-19 is having on our economy. We’re seeing a soaring house market, strong domestic tourism, strong consumer spending and a small increase in population growth. Read more here.

Waikato Business Sentiment Survey

Business Owners – Te Waka, Waikato’s Regional Economic Development Agency wants your feedback. They have developed a six-monthly survey tracking Waikato’s progress, to develop support programmes and services that the business community can utilise to thrive and grow. Tell us how your business is doing. Complete the survey here.

What's on in the Coromandel?

The Auckland lockdown is also having an immediate impact on our local economy with many organisers now either cancelling or postponing events including:

  • Thames Food and Buskers Festival was to be held this weekend on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 March. It has been cancelled, there is more information and details on how to refund any tickets purchased here.
  • Tairua Wet and Wild was supposed to be held this weekend. It has been postponed and no future date available at this time.
  • Pauanui Music at the Point - cancelled.
  • Mercury Bay Business After 5 meeting and Annual Golf Day - postponed.

Click here for more information on upcoming events in the Coromandel.

Could your arts group or creative project use a helping hand?

Applications for the Creative Communities Scheme are open until Friday 26 March. This is for events/projects that will take place between 28 April 2021 and 28 April 2022.

Each year Creative New Zealand provides funding to city and district councils for distributing in their area. The scheme supports more than 1,800 projects every year.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project and applications must meet one or more of the scheme’s criteria:

  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

Application forms, criteria, and relevant guidelines can be found on our website.