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Our weekly wrap-up: Take care with fireworks and get behind Gumboot Friday

04 November 2022

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

Our Mayor Len celebrating Michael Smither's 83rd birthday with friends.

The latest with our Mayor Len

“It’s a real privilege to be getting out around the communities and meeting some really special people. Over the weekend I got to celebrate the 83rd birthday of one of our most famous living artists, Michael Smither. This week we had our inaugural Council meeting (read more here), I attended a powhiri at Matai Whetu marae in Kōpū and the Mercury Bay Area School prizegiving. I also met with Minister Nanaia Mahuta MP - Hauraki-Waikato to kōrero about the Future of Local Government, Three Waters and RMA reforms, and what this means for our Coromandel communities.

"I am ending the week at a Zone 2 meeting, where all the Mayors and Chief Executives in this zone (which spans from Taupō, Whakatane, Rotorua up to our district) all get together to talk about our shared issues, network, put up representatives on working groups to lobby central government on, and to hear more on national developments.”

len.salt@tcdc.govt.nz

Take care with fireworks

With Guy Fawkes day upon us (Saturday 5 November) and the weather heating up, please be extra careful about setting off fireworks as reckless use of fireworks has caused major fires in our district.

“In our communities we have a high number of dog owners, and there are working farms with cattle, sheep and horses – so just be mindful of your neighbours,” says our Mayor Len. “There’s also a lot of rural land and forest which need to be protected for its environmental values, and which we don’t want to see destroyed by someone’s inattention with fireworks.”

Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) have said windy conditions are expected across the motu (country). If it is windy, do the math and don’t light fireworks.

Here are a few tips from FENZ:

  • Fireworks can be dangerous and pose a high fire risk.
  • Store fireworks in a safe location; away from children and ignition sources.
  • Don’t light fireworks in windy or dry conditions.
  • Carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using any fireworks.
  • Light your fireworks in a wide-open area, away from anything that could catch fire, like dry grass, leaves or crops, or flammable gases or liquids.
  • Keep a bucket of water, hose or fire extinguisher handy.
  • Dispose of used fireworks safely; ensure they are out completely and cold.

For further advice go to checkitsalright.co.nz/fireworks.

Three Waters TCDC position

We know that Three Waters reform is needed – however in the current state it has not garnered widespread support from councils, or communities around the country.

Our Council welcomes the fact that a plausible alternative raised by the Mayors of Christchurch, Auckland and Waimakariri can be considered - which keeps the idea of having a water regulator, but leaves ownership, control and accountability in local hands.

Whether this latest proposal can achieve a compromise is still to be determined.

Our Council is now discussing the merits before we take a position, and is also seeking more clarity on details of this latest proposal. We also await the Select Committee reporting back to Parliament on 11 November, following 88,000 submissions.

At its April 2022 meeting our Council endorsed the following principles, which we still stand by:

  • water and water-related infrastructure assets to remain in local ownership
  • local voices to have a place in planning and service delivery  
  • assessments about our district to be made on rateable household property numbers, rather than usually resident population
  • local determination of the entity boundary that is most appropriate for our district, based on community feedback

For more go to tcdc.govt.nz/threewatersreform.

Thames acknowledged as risk area for flooding and limited ways to pay for mitigation measures by central government

We’re pleased to see the Thames ward in our district acknowledged as an area highly vulnerable to flood risk and limited means to pay for any mitigation measures, in a report released by the Department of Internal Affairs, to Associate Minister for Local Government Kieran McAnulty this week.

The purpose of the report is to provide detail on how many communities are experiencing a relatively high level of socio-economic vulnerability, potential exposure to flood hazard, a lack of flood risk reduction infrastructure, and potential constraints on wider district community ability to fund flood risk reduction.

These communities have identified flood protection is needed but have limited financial capacity to fund responses to flood risk.

“This DIA report highlights the opportunity we now have to work with the government more closely, from planning to implementation for two major projects that affect Thames – our Thames Spatial Plan and our Shoreline Management Pathways,” says our Mayor Len Salt.

In our Shoreline Management Pathway work, Thames is identified as being one of the most critical areas for the district in vulnerability for both flooding and inundation – while our Thames and Surrounds Spatial Plan is an evidence-based, future-focused (30-year plus) strategy that outlines an agreed vision and direction for Thames and surrounds to help us plan for future prosperity, identify areas for growth and change for housing, and promote the aspirations of our district's iwi.

“The trigger for action is now and I thank Minister McAnulty for bringing this issue to the forefront so we are more aligned, and begin to work together more collaboratively in our implementation work,” says Mayor Len.

See tcdc.govt.nz/yourthamestomorrow for more.

Important dates

If you want your Resource or Building Consent to be processed before Christmas (barring any further information requests which stops the processing clock) please submit your application prior to Tuesday 22 November 2022.

The statutory processing clock stops over the Christmas and New Year period for both the Building Act 2004 and the Resource Management Act 1991. 

The 20 December to the close of 10 January period is excluded from the 20-working day timeframe. This means that any Building or Resource Consent submitted on or after Tuesday 20 December 2022 will not be processed until Wednesday 11 January 2023 due to the Christmas/New Year break.

You are welcome to contact us if you have concerns with your project or want to discuss ways that we can work better together.

Special Licence Applications

Are you planning to hold an event where you want to sell or supply alcohol over the Christmas and New Year period?

Then here are some things you need to know:

  • We must receive your application(s) by 15 November 2022.
  • Special licence applications must be received at least 20 working days* (preferably more) before your event date.
  • For large events it's recommended you apply well in advance of the 20 working days.
  • Late applications won’t be accepted.

*Working days don't include public holidays, weekends and the period from 20 December to 15 January inclusive.

If your application is contested (opposed or objected to), it will go to a hearing in front of the District Licensing Committee and any decision about your application will take longer.

Need advice? Contact us if you have any questions, email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz or phone us at 07 8680200.

Pre-summer alcohol licensing workshops

Our Council Alcohol Licensing Team, Te Whatu Ora and NZ Police invite you to a pre-summer workshop for licensed premises. 

This workshop will be of interest to licensed premises operators, club secretaries, holders of manager’s certificates, and club committee members, and will be held across the district.

This is an opportunity for you to learn and ask questions about the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Workshops will cover:

  • host responsibility
  • overview of licence and managers certificate applications
  • pre-summer updates from agencies
  • Q & A session.

When and where:

  • Whitianga: Thursday 1 December from 2pm-4pm at our Mercury Bay Service Centre, 10 Monk St.
  • Coromandel: Thursday 8 December from 9.30am-11.30am at our Coromandel Town Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Rd.
  • Thames: Thursday 8 December from 2.30pm-4.30pm at our Thames Service Centre, 515 Mackay St.
  • Whangamatā: Friday 9 December from 9.30am-11.30am at our Whangamatā Service Centre, 620 Port Rd.

Please RSVP by Friday 25 November 2022 by emailing deborah.crowther@tcdc.govt.nz

What's on in the Coromandel?

Today is Gumboot Friday which gives young Kiwis, our precious rangatahi, free and fast access to qualified counselling. This service relies on the continued generosity of many New Zealanders.

It's not too late to join the 24 Hour Walk-a-thon at Rhodes Park (Thames), family fun day in Whitianga, or make a donation here. 

You can find out more about upcoming events here.

Dogs in our pound

We currently have four lost dogs in our pound waiting for their owners to contact us - 07 868 0200.

We also have one handsome, sweet and cuddly boy looking for a new forever home.

For more information click here.

Hoggin Path, WhitiangaRepair work is due to start from  Monday 7 November to Wednesday 16 November (weather permitting). The areas being worked on will be fenced off with signage in place. Trucks and loaders will be operating on the reserves. Work will be carried out in sections of approximately 250m. We ask that people please stay clear of the work and the machinery.

New picnic table, Thames - A new wheelchair-accessible picnic table has now been installed on Thames’ Campbell-Pollen Street reserve. The table is sited near the new sculpture by artist Jay Hogan, installed by Thames Public Art Trust. The area has become a visual ‘gateway’ to the northern end of Thames.

Beach Rd toilets, WhangamatāThe new facility at Beach Rd playground is now open.

Matarangi boat ramp - The spreading of the dredged material at Omara boat ramp reserve, Matarangi, is finished. The area marked in the photo above is not accessible while the grass is re-established for the next 6-10 weeks. There are limited spaces available for freedom camping. Please stay clear of the fenced off area.

Kōpū Marine Precinct update

Contractor Fulton Hogan has started on site and are progressing with vegetation clearance and site preparation works. 

King Street, which will provide the main access to the commercial wharf, commercial slipway and recreational boat ramp, has now been formed and drainage culverts are being put in place. Heron Construction are currently preparing the design for a pad to support their 200T crane which will be needed for when construction on the wharf starts in March 2023.

One of our regular wildlife survey sweeps through the area found that a pair of banded rail had nested with three eggs on the Labour Day long weekend. The project’s banded rail management plan was put into place and a 30-metre exclusion zone has been established to protect the birds and the nest. This will not affect overall timeframes for project completion.

Construction of the commercial wharf, commercial boat slipway and recreational boat ramp is scheduled to begin in March 2023 and be completed by the end of the year. Then, trailer boat car parking can be put in place and King Street finalised with an expected public opening of the new marine precinct targeted for May 2024. 

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/kopumarineprecinct for more on this project.

Road works

Colville RoadThe retaining wall project on Colville Rd continues, 1km East of Waitete Bay Road. Work will take place between 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday, and possibly 7.30am-1pm on Saturday’s. It is expected to be finished early December. Speed will be restricted with stop/go traffic management in place.

Albert Street, Coromandel Town - The removal of the existing bridge will start on Monday 7 November and the road will be closed periodically from 8am on Monday until Saturday 12 November. From 14-24 November the road will be closed to all traffic. A temporary footbridge will provide pedestrian access at all times. Our contractor will aim to complete the project as soon as possible to minimise disruption. 

Kennedy Bay RoadThere are some minor finishing works on the culvert repair to be finished next week under stop-go, however this will cause minimal disruption.

You can read our weekly road report here.

State Highway road works - Waka Kotahi crews are back working across the state highway network. Road users should be aware that road conditions can change at any time, whether due to roadworks or weather. The Hikuai bridge is closed to all traffic from 8pm to 6am, Sunday to Thursday, until late-November. Further details here.

Have your say:

  

Job vacancies:

  • Building Compliance Officer
  • Building Control Officer Processing
  • Senior Policy Planner
  • District Planning roles
  • Customer Services Representative - Thames Office
  • Building Control Officer - Inspections
  • Test Lead
  • Business Analyst
  • Senior Geospatial Application Specialist
  • Infrastructure Coordinator
  • Agile Project Manager
  • Water Services Manager
  • Senior Business Intelligence & Data Engineer

We also have our summer job opportunities and are hiring for:

  • Responsible Camping Ambassadors
  • Whitianga Wharf Ambassadors
  • Track Ambassador: New Chums (Whangapoua) and Long Bay (Coromandel)

Find our more or apply now here.