Our weekly wrap: Candidate nominations for our local election now closed, Careers & Employers Expo next week and more 12 August 2022 Here is the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our district. Welcome to our Council’s new Chief Executive, Aileen Lawrie Our Council’s new Chief Executive, Aileen Lawrie, was formally welcomed to the district in a pōwhiri on Monday. Aileen comes to the Coromandel after 12 years as Chief Executive of Ōpōtiki District Council where she drove forward large-scale projects in aquaculture, housing and cycleway developments – work that aligns well with initiatives our Council has underway in those sectors. Read more here. Elections 2022: Nominations now closed As of midday candidate nominations for our local elections have closed. Election Services will provide us with a full list on Monday with all of the contact details, which is published on our website here. Campaigning will start to ramp up even more, with meet the candidate sessions around the district, billboards going up, along with newspaper, radio and digital adverts. If you’re a candidate we encourage you to read our Candidate Information Handbook here, which sets out what the roles and responsibilities of a community board member, councillor and Mayor are – so you understand what your sphere of influence involves. We also have our Pre Election Report available here, which covers the issues that will need to be considered in the next Council term and provides information on what major projects we expects to fund over the next three years. Today also marks the last day for enrolling to vote by registering as a Parliamentary elector. Those that want to enrol after today, Friday 12 August, will need to cast a 'special vote' on local election day (Saturday 8 October). Click here for more information. Careers & Employers Expo next week 9am-6pm, Thursday 18 August at the Thames Civic Centre. Businesses and organisations from our district, Hauraki and Matamata-Piako are invited to be part of this year’s Expo, which is being co-produced by CANDO and the Thames Business Association. Businesses can still hire a stand at the Expo to share information about their work with youth to encourage them to stay, train and work here. There’ll be a 'Jobs Board' where you can post your job vacancies. From 2.30pm, the Expo is also open to adult jobseekers. The cost to have a stall is $50 plus GST for local businesses and $200 plus GST for outside the district. You may also share your space with another business. Each space includes a 1.5m x 0.9m trestle table. Register online here or send an email to Sue at the Thames Business Association: email@example.com For further details go to candothames.org. The latest from our Libraries • We're launching an after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Lab at Mercury Bay Library.• Get sewing with our new sewing machines in Thames.• Celebrate Family History Month.• Find out what else is happening in our libraries here. Lost and adoptable dogs Three dogs have ended up in our pound this week and are waiting for their owners to take them home. We also have six dogs available for adoption. If you are owner or interested in adopting a dog, please contact us on 07 868 0200. Once your interest is known, a Dog Control Officer will be in contact with you to discuss the adoption and carry out the appropriate checks. For more information go to tcdc.govt.nz/pound. • Dune planting - We need your help for our final planting bees of the 2022 coastal restoration season that take place this month in Whangamatā, Tairua and Buffalo Beach. RSVP here. • Harbour planting - Help restore the Whangamatā harbour by planting a native habitat. Saturday 27 August, 10am at Hetherington Rd Reserve (behind Firth). Click here for more. • Whangapoua playground - The Whangapoua playground on Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia Reserve is closed until Friday 26 August while the upgrade takes place. FYI: Siren demonstration A siren will be demonstrated at Rhodes Park car park in Thames for one minute between 1-2pm on Sunday 14 August. The sound is expected to be at 145dBC, a level that can damage unprotected hearing. The demonstration is being carried out on behalf of a community group and our Council has granted permission, through an events application, to use Rhodes Park provided conditions are met around advertising the demonstration so people know what’s happening, that attendees be provided with ear protection and that anyone parked at the reserve be notified and given time to move away if they choose to. A similar demonstration will be held at J Simpson Campground on private land on 13 August for one minute between 1-2pm at Wharekaho/Simpsons Beach, for which Council permission is not required. Our Council has recommended that the company carrying out the demonstration follow the same conditions for the Rhodes Park demonstration. Our Council does not support sirens as a primary emergency alerting device. To find out more about our Council’s position on emergency sirens, visit tcdc.govt.nz/tsunamisirens. Have your say: Take the survey Make a submission Meetings & Community Board updates Over the next fortnight our Community Boards will meet to discuss important topics and projects in their areas. See below for further details.