Latest News & Public Notices

Our weekly wrap-up: fly-tipping, recycling soft plastics, Thames aquatic and sport facilities survey, and more

17 June 2022

Stay in the know with the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our district.

Help keep our backyard beautiful

We take a hard line on the illegal dumping of rubbish (fly-tipping) in the Coromandel. This includes green waste. 

Photo: Dumping of green waste in Kūaotunu, Greys Beach, has been particularly bad

Across the district there has been an increase of green waste being dumped on our reserves, beaches and precious sand dunes. This will not be tolerated. Nearby residents will receive a final warning letter in the coming weeks. 

It’s extremely disappointing as the community and staff work hard to maintain our dunes and reserves,” says Derek Thompson, our Community Facilities Manager.  

“This ongoing clean-up comes at a cost, and decreases the enjoyment of our shared spaces.” 

Not only does it look awful, but it’s also harming our local environment as the material dumped contains weed seeds or plant material that contaminate our dunes and reserves. 

(Photo: Dumping of green waste in Kūaotunu, Greys Beach, has been particularly bad). 

Signs recently installed advising that this is an infringeable offence were also vandalised, and the dumping has continued. 

This is an offence under the Litter Act 1979 and our Council will be issuing infringement notices between $100 and $400, depending on the type and amount of litter. 

If you see illegal dumping, please report it to us by calling 07 868 0200 or email: customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz, with any information to identify the offender. Be a tidy Kiwi and help us keep our backyard beautiful. 

Soft plastics recycling scheme starts in Thames

You can now recycle your soft plastic waste such as bags and wrappers in the new soft plastic recycling collection bins that have been installed at key places in Thames.

soft plastics bin ThamesThe recycled soft plastic will then be turned into fence posts or building materials.

“I’m very excited that we have this soft plastics recycling scheme on the peninsula,” says Thames Ward Councillor, Robyn Sinclair. “Waste management is a big issue nationally and it’s an important issue for our district too. This is one of a range of measures that can help safeguard our local and national environment from plastic pollution.”

Lyn Mayes, The Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastic Scheme Manager, says: “We are delighted to finally bring soft plastic recycling to Thames. This has been made possible through partnerships between local Thames businesses and Thames-Coromandel District Council”

The soft plastics recycling bins are at these Thames locations: Pak’nSave, The Warehouse and our Council offices at 515 Mackay Street. An additional recycling bin will also be installed outside the Thames Refuse Transfer Station  by the end of June.

Find out more at tcdc.govt.nz/softplastics.

Thames Aquatic and Sports Facilities Survey

Our Council is thinking about developing new aquatic and sport facilities in the Thames area and we would like your feedback.

Thames Aquatic and Sports Facilities SurveyNew facilities are being considered because:

• The current Thames Centennial Pool is located on an urupa and the facility is reaching the end of its life.

• The sport fields and facilities at Rhodes Park are highly susceptible to flooding and some of the facilities are not fit for purpose.

This survey asks questions about your use of and opinions about aquatic and sport field facilities. The survey will help our Council to decide what type of new facilities are needed in the future.

Complete the survey by 30 June and you could win one of 10 Family Passes (2 adults and 2 children up to 15 years) to Thames Centennial Pool.  Enter your email address at the end of the survey to enter the prize-draw.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.  

Take the survey

(Hardcopies of the survey are available at our Thames customer service desk (515 Mackay St), Thames Library and Thames Centennial Pool.)

Get ready for local elections

Thinking about running for Mayor, Councillor or Community Board Member? Nominations open Friday 15 July.

People interested in standing for election are invited to attend a candidate information briefing to hear about the electoral process (the do’s and don’ts), responsibilities and expectations if elected and to meet our electoral officers.

Saturday, 9 July

  • Whangamatā Council Office, 620 Port Road at 10:00am - 12:00 noon.
  • Tairua St Francis House, 248 Main Road at 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Whitianga Mercury Bay Council Office (rear of building), 10 Monk Street at 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sunday 10 July

  • Coromandel Town Council Office, 355 Kapanga Road at 10:00am - 12:00 noon
  • Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street at 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

Registration to attend is not required. For further information, contact Esther Smith, Committee Advisor on 07 868 0200.

The School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington is also hosting a two-hour webinar to help you understand what the role involves and how you can develop your skills to fulfil it.

Join via zoom by clicking this link at 8.30pm to 10.30 on 30 June, or watch the recording here after the event.

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/election for information on how to make sure you can vote. On the same page you'll find the Ratepayer Enrolment form, for people who own a property in our district but don't normally live here - you can vote in our local elections too.

Final Shoreline Management Plan meetings underway

The final round of public meetings to prepare our Shoreline Management Plan are now underway. The SMP will help our communities prepare for the impacts of sea level rise.

Adaptation pathways for Moanatairai and Thames were discussed at meetings today, with sessions planned in Whitianga, Kuaotunu and Pauanui over the weekend.

Public feedback from these meetings will allow the project team to finalise the SMP and present it to Council for adoption.

For a full list of meeting times and venues tcdc.govt.smp.

We are All Go for Dog Rego

If you have a dog, it's time to renew its registration for 2022/23.

All go for dog rego 2022You should have received your reminder by now. You have until 31 July to renew before the late penalty fee applies from 1 August. 

The dog registration fee for the 2022/23 financial year is $85 for all dogs except guide dogs and dangerous dogs. Special rebates also apply to working dogs registered in groups larger than three.  

The tag’s colour for the year is green, and this is your green light to get online or into a Council office to register your dog. You can find more information on how to update your information, renew dog registration, or register a new dog at tcdc.govt.nz/dogregistration.  

Our condolences to any owners who may receive a renewal letter if their pet has recently passed away. You can let us know by giving us a call on 07 868 0200 or emailing us at customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz. 

For more information on dog registration and fees see: tcdc.govt.nz/dogregistration  

Shout out to our volunteers

National volunteers weekOur Council would like to acknowledge the collective energy and mana of the volunteers in our Thames-Coromandel communities as part of National Volunteer Week – Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu (19-25 June). Thank you volunteers for your amazing generosity and dedication. Our district wouldn’t be the same without you.

Kenwood Reserve, Matarangi - Our contractors, Playground Creations, have started the makeover on the playground adding all new equipment and a scooter track around the perimeter, in addition to the existing climbing tower. The works, costing $130,000, are expected to be complete by Friday 8 July, depending on conditions.The playground is fenced off with no access available as machinery is operating. Signage is in place at the site to explain more about the project. 

Robinson Rd Reserve, Mercury Bay - Small-scale erosion protection work is finished providing a short-term solution until the Shoreline Management Plan is completed. All-natural materials were used under a Waikato Regional Council coastal consent to occupy the coastal marine area. The work was very low cost and are anticipated to ‘hold the line’ against future erosion in the interim.

Also, old dinghys and unused boats stored will be removed from Robinson Road boat ramp by the end of this month. Recreational reserves are not places to dump unused dinghys or boats and not a place to store boats. Our reserves are used in many ways and need to be kept clear for access to the shore to allow for walking, picnics, swimming and maintainance.

Dune planting season - Help look after our coastline by getting involved with one our dune planting days near you. See tcdc.govt.nz/coastalgardening.

New Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station Taking Shape

 The new Refuse Transfer Station (RTS) on Moewai Road in Whitianga is taking shape and is so far on track for completion this coming summer, despite some delays from COVID-19 lockdowns and global supply chain disruptions.

L-R: Mercury Bay Community Board Members Bill McLean, Deli Connell, Board Chair Rekhi Giri-Percival and Councillor Tony Fox. Absent: Board Member Jeremy Lomas and Councillor Murray McLean.The new RTS will incorporate a Resource Recovery Centre (like the Seagull Centre in Thames and the Goldmine in Coromandel Town) that will help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Our Council has partnered with the Mercury Bay Resource Recovery Centre Trust to build and operate a building, construction and demolition waste processing facility within a designated area on the RTS site. A business plan for the Resource Recovery Centre is going to the 28 June Council meeting.

The main access to the new transfer station will be through Abrahamson Drive, which will decrease the possibility for vehicle queues on Moewai Road during peak times. A one-way traffic management plan will shepherd vehicles through automated weighbridges with barrier arms to control the flow of traffic.

The RTS layout will reduce the traffic queue times at peak periods that we’ve seen at the current RTS site. There will also be more sorting bays for recycling - tcdc.govt.nz/MBRTS.

Photo: L-R: Mercury Bay Community Board Members Bill McLean, Deli Connell, Board Chair Rekhi Giri-Percival and Councillor Tony Fox. Absent: Board Member Jeremy Lomas and Councillor Murray McLean.

Events

Join our Mercury Bay, Tairua and Thames District Libraries to celebrate Matariki with a morning kai and kōrero.

Learn about our newest public holiday, and take part in the Matariki craft table.

See tcdc.govt.nz/whatson for more events celebrating the world's first Matariki holiday.

 

Meetings and Community Board updates

At the Mercury Bay Community Board meeting this week, Councillors and staff communicated that the focus of the new Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station (RTS) being built now on Moewai Road in Whitianga was to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and provide an easy, hassle-free service for residents and visitors.

Also at the meeting, the Board granted requests from Whitianga Bike Park and Kūaotunu Domain Board to carry forward to the 2022/23 financial year unused grant funding from the previous year, totalling $3,500 and $11,000 respectively.

You can watch the Board meeting here.

Upcoming meetings: