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Service delivery to our ratepayers trends up in our latest performance report

27 May 2022

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

While the ongoing effects of COVID-19 have seen us facing rising costs, supply chain issues and labour shortages, our Council is on track to achieve 59 per cent of our service delivery measures in Quarter Three (1 January to 31 March 2022), up from 44 per cent at the same time last year.

Whitianga waste water treatment plant

Our Quarterly Report 2021/22 tracks these non-financial performance measures as part of the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan (LTP). Results are cumulative and the results below reflect a nine month period to date.

Out of 122 performance measures in place across our Council for this quarter of the 2021/22 year, 72 (59 per cent) are on track to be achieved, and nine (seven per cent) have already been achieved. There are five measures (four per cent) to date that are off-track and four (three per cent) that have not been achieved, relating to roading and footpaths, and wastewater (see highlights below). At the same time last year, there were 136 measures in place with 39 (29 per cent) on track to be achieved, 13 (ten per cent) off track and five (four per cent) that were not yet achieved.

“The large influx of holiday makers and the ongoing disruptions caused by COVID-19 continue to put our infrastructure under pressure, so it’s encouraging to see positive progress being made over the busy summer period. This is a testament to the dedication of our teams, who continue to go the extra mile to maintain service levels in the face of challenging conditions,” says Sandra Goudie, Thames-Coromandel District Mayor.

Quarter Three performance highlights: 

Coastal and Hazard Management: Our Council’s Coastal Management Strategy includes community-based resilience planning, coastal hazard response planning and a Shoreline Management Plan to help to identify and respond to coastal hazards. Works to maintain two seawalls at Wyuna Bay in the Coromandel-Colville ward are underway and we are expected to meet our target to use the allocated budget of $58,000 by the end of the financial year.  

Building Control: It was a busy period in Quarter Three, with pressure placed on the building control team due to increased workloads and a shortage of contractors. Despite this, we are expected to achieve all four building performance measures. Of 1057 building applications with decisions, 962 (91 per cent) were processed within the statutory timeframes with 95 going overtime. This compared to 730 applications in Quarter Two, with 690 (95 percent) processed within statutory timeframes, and 40 going overtime.  

Resource Consents: We achieved excellent results in this area, despite a large increase in the number of consents. In Quarter Three, the number of resource consents rose to 298, compared to 207 in Quarter Two. We processed 260 (90 per cent) of these within the statutory timeframe (compared to 91 per cent in 2020/21 year) and are on track to achieve our target by the end of June 2022.    

Rubbish and Recycling: Large volumes of holiday makers over the busy summer period put pressure on all our infrastructure services and collection crews. We had 261 justified missed collection complaints received this quarter, bringing the year-to-date total to 393. However, we remain on track to achieve this measure by the end of the financial year. 

Roading and Footpaths: In Quarter Two, the COVID-19 lockdown caused a shutdown of works affecting maintenance to unsealed roads and our ability to respond to issues raised by customers. Both these measures are now back on track to be achieved by the end of the financial year. We had seven new requests relating to roads and footpaths in Quarter Three, with a response rate of 86 per cent achieved (vs 98 per cent in 2020/2021).  

Wastewater: We achieved nine of the twelve wastewater performance measures this year (compared to eleven out of twelve in Quarter Two). Two of the measures not achieved relate to odour and blockages of the wastewater system. Over half of the odour complaints this quarter relate to the Pāuanui wastewater treatment plant and a bio-filter is currently being designed as a permanent solution. This should be installed during the 2022/23 financial year. The third measure not achieved this quarter relates to enforcement actions in relation to abatement notices issued in previous periods. We have planned to achieve compliance for this by early 2023. 

Dog registration opens Wednesday

From 1 June 2022, you can register your dog and pay the fee for the 1 July 2022 - 30 June 2023 registration year.

All go for dog rego 2022The Dog Control Act requires all dogs over the age of three months to be registered each year. You should ensure your dog always wears its registration tag.

It’s also a good idea to have your name and phone number on a dog tag, so you can be easily contacted if your dog gets lost.

Late fees apply if you don’t register or re-new your registration by July 31.

For more information, visit tcdc.govt.nz/dogregistration

Cory Park Domain selected for Tairua skatepark site

Our Council has chosen Cory Park Domain as the site for a new skatepark in Tairua, after all potential sites were investigated and public opinion was thoroughly canvassed.

Now that the site has been selected, a community skatepark design reference group will be formed with a mix of members including skaters, adjacent residents, a member of the Preserve Cory Park Domain Society, a member of the Tairua Recreation Sports Trust, a member of the Tairua Rugby Sports Club and others including police and other park users to ensure the skatepark design is compatible with other recreational uses of the park.

“There was never any doubt that all anyone has ever wanted in Tairua for the last 30 years is a skatepark in town,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Now we can move forward.”

Our Council has allocated $406,000 in the 2022/23 financial year to design and build the skatepark. In addition, our Council has requested a $150,000 contribution from the community. The community funding is currently confirmed at $115,800 and the Tairua Recreation Sports Trust is confident the full contribution will be achieved.

For more information on the skatepark project, visit our website tcdc.govt.nz/tairuaskatepark.

Draft Annual Plan decisions made

There’ll be changes to boat ramp launching and boat trailer parking fees around our district, following decisions made by our Council at its draft Annual Plan deliberation earlier this week.

Whangapoua boat ramp“Our coast is such an integral part of who we are as a district,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Boat ramps and wharves are important assets to help people enjoy the water. But they’re costly to maintain and replace or upgrade when needed. This change to the fees is about shifting some of that cost from ratepayers to the people who use the facilities. The fees collected will stay in the local area to help pay for the boat ramps and wharves. Read more here.

New Chief Executive announced for our Council

Aileen Lawrie has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Thames-Coromandel District Council effective from 8 August 2022.

Aileen Lawrie, TCDC CE“We’re very excited and extremely fortunate that Aileen has accepted the position,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Aileen’s expertise in aquaculture, housing and cycleway developments align perfectly with the work we’re already doing in this space."

Read more here.

Shoreline Management Plans

In person public meetings are on the way for this important project.

SMP We will be presenting specific adaption plans to our communities on how risks from coastal inundation and erosion hazards could be managed around the Coromandel.

This is the final stage of this three-year project. After we get feedback from these meetings, the Shoreline Management Plan will be updated and presented to Council for adoption. So this is your chance to hear about the proposals for your area, and to give us your feedback.

For times and locations go to tcdc.govt.nz/smp.

Get ready for our local elections

Local elections take place across New Zealand this year with voting closing on Saturday 8 October.

Live here? Make sure you are on the Electoral Roll to vote. Go to vote.nz to enrol or update your details.

Own a property here but don’t normally live here? You can still vote here as a Ratepayer Elector but you have to enrol separately from the Electoral Roll. Go to tcdc.govt.nz/election, download the Ratepayer Electoral Enrolment Form and follow the instructions on it.

Candidates wanted: We encourage people who want to represent all the communities in their area to stand for Mayor, Councillor or Community Board Member. Nominations open 15 July - tcdc.govt.nz/election.

The latest news from our District Libraries

Our Thames-Coromandel District Libraries are having fun with their first ever Book Waka.

TCDC Libraries Book Waka event in ColvilleWe're looking forward to the return of regular library events such as Toddler Time, Coding Club and Free Film Friday.

Read more here. 

 

 

Coromandel Town Community Hub

Thanks to a dedicated team, construction of the building remains on target for October 2022. Read more here.

Whitianga water meters

Enabling works and meter installation continue for the remaining properties with over 3300 water meters installed to date. The remaining sites (less than 200) are on track for completion by 30 June 2022. You can find out more about this project here.

Help protect our coastlines

There are several dune planting sessions coming up and we need your help. Find our more here.

Tuateawa shoulder repair work

On Monday 23 May the road shoulder repair begun on Tuateawa Road, 500m south of the Little Bay Drive intersection, and is estimated to take six weeks with the following rolling road closures from Monday to Friday:

7.00am to 7.30am - OPEN 
7.30am to 11.30am - CLOSED 
11.30am to 12.00pm - OPEN 
12.00pm to 4.15pm - CLOSED 
4.15pm to 7.00am - OPEN 

These times allow the school bus to get through and emergency vehicles will be given priority, however access will be restricted for heavy vehicles. 

Kerb and channel construction project, Ocean Beach Rd, Tairua  

This project should be finished this week (weather dependent). In the meantime, please follow the traffic management in place.

Colville

While the retaining wall on Colville Road (1km west of Waitete Bay Rd) is repaired, the road will be under one lane closure from Tuesday 7 June for approximately four weeks.

If any residents or road users wish to discuss one of the projects above further, please ring our Council’s customer services on 07 868 0200 or email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz.

You can also view roading activities programmed for the week here.

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