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Voting begins in local elections, shovels out at Kōpū and more in our weekly wrap-up

16 September 2022

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

Shovels out at Kōpū 

The shovels were put to use on the Kōpū waterfront for a sod-turning ceremony to mark the beginning of physical work on the Kōpū Marine and Business Precinct. 

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie was flanked by representatives from Kānoa, the government’s Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit, the Member of Parliament for Coromandel Honorable Scott Simpson, Hauraki District Council Mayor Toby Adams, our Council’s Chief Executive Aileen Lawrie, iwi, Te Waka our Regional Economic Development Agency, Waikato Regional Council, members of the Kōpū business community and Council staff.

The large turnout represented the significance of the project, not just for the Thames area, but the wider region. 

“I can’t tell you what a difference this will make to the Thames community, the district and beyond,” says Mayor Sandra. “We will see this part of the district take off in the next five years with waterfront development and housing, spurred in great part by this project.” 

 

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Jobs will be created through the precinct’s construction, with the potential for up to 100 positions longer term, once the build is complete. 

The $15.3 million cost of the project is being met through an $8.2 million grant from the government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, $4.05 million from the Three Waters Reform ‘better off’ funding from the Department of Internal Affairs, $1.4 million from the Thames Community Board’s Thames Urban General-Purpose Reserve. The Thames Community Board is also underwriting $1.13 million, while staff seek funding applications through MBIE and Waikato Regional Council. 

Land-based works will begin in early October with work on the commercial wharf, beginning in March 2023. The new wharf, commercial boat slipway and recreational boat ramp should be completed in November 2023. Recreational boat trailer and car parking will follow in April 2024 with a public opening anticipated in May 2024. 

Urban Solutions is overseeing construction under Council direction, with contractors Fulton Hogan, Land + Sea Civil and the Heron Group carrying out the work. Local sub-contractors will be used as much as possible throughout the build. 

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

Voting begins in local elections 

Voting packs are being posted to registered voters. Use the return, postage-paid envelope provided to send in your votes for Mayor, Councillors and Community Board Members. Or, drop off your ballots at one of our Council offices.

The full list of candidates and the profiles they provided are here.

Meet your candidates:

  • Whangamatā - Saturday 17 September at 11am in the Whangamatā Memorial Hall hosted by Whangamatā Ratepayers Association
  • Thames - Sunday 18 September at 5pm in the Civic Centre Conference room hosted by Transition Town Thames
  • Whitianga - Sunday 25 September at 2pm in the Whitiainga Town Hall hosted by Mercury Bay Greypower and Whitianga Residents/Ratepayers Association

If you’re not registered to vote, it’s not too late. Enrol at vote.nz and contact our Council to request a special vote.

Own a property in the Coromandel but don’t live here? Complete the ratepayer voter enrolment form on our website AND contact our Council to ask for a special vote.

Voting closes at noon sharp on Saturday 8 October. Preliminary results will be posted on our website later that day. Final results will be announced between 14 and 19 October.

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/elections or call 0800 922 822 for more information.

New solid waste contract awarded

Waste Management NZ has been awarded the solid waste contract to run our district’s Kerbside collections, Refuse Transfer Station operations and implement a food waste collection, for the next 10 years starting in September 2023.

Waste Management NZ was selected following a robust procurement and tender evaluation process.

“Congratulations to Waste Management NZ who our Council is looking forward to working with to reduce the environmental impact of waste services over the next 10 years,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “They were able to demonstrate how they will invest, innovate and facilitate solutions for waste collection and divert material away from landfill.”

Until 31 August 2023 Smart Environmental will continue to provide our solid waste services, including increased summer services, as they currently exist - tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside.

Wāhi Tukurua: Mercury Bay’s place of recycling

On Te Wiki o Te Re Māori, Māori Language Week, a new te reo name has been chosen for Mercury Bay’s Resource Recovery Centre due to open at Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station in March 2023.

Wāhi Tukurua: Mercury Bay’s place of recycling  On Te Wiki o Te Re Māori, Māori Language Week, a new te reo name has been chosen for Mercury Bay’s Resource Recovery Centre due to open at Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station in March 2023. Over 180 people entered a competition to choose a new name for the centre which’ll reduce the volume of reusable and recyclable products sent to landfill. Winner Lisa Kearney suggested Tukurua, meaning to recycle. Ngāti Hei then added Wāhi, meaning place, and gave its blessing to the name.  [photo caption] L-R Competition winner Lisa Kearney receives her $200 Prezzy voucher prize from Mercury Bay Resource Recovery Centre Trust Secretary Tiffany Reed and Trustee Julie Denning-Kemp.Over 180 people entered a competition to choose a new name for the centre which’ll reduce the volume of reusable and recyclable products sent to landfill. Winner Lisa Kearney suggested Tukurua, meaning to recycle. Ngāti Hei then added Wāhi, meaning place, and gave its blessing to the name.

(Photo: L-R Competition winner Lisa Kearney receives her $200 Prezzy voucher prize from Mercury Bay Resource Recovery Centre Trust Secretary Tiffany Reed and Trustee Julie Denning-Kemp)

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - Monday 26 September 2022

Our Council Offices, District Libraries and Thames Centennial Pool will be closed. For urgent matters please call our 24/7 after hours service on 07 868 0200.

Kerbside collections will remain on the usual schedule of services for the week.

All Refuse Transfer Stations that are usually open on Mondays will be open on their usual operating hours. Pāuanui and Coromandel Town transfer stations are not usually open on a Monday, however they will be open from 8.30am – 2.30pm to accommodate the public holiday.

Pooches patiently waiting 

One puppy (white with brown markings) was found in Thames at the start of the week and is still waiting for its owner to collect it. We also have one beautiful black dog looking for her new forever home.

If you are the owner of the white puppy or interested in adopting, please contact us on 07 868 0200. For more information go to tcdc.govt.nz/pound.

Seagull Centre carpark maintenance

Maintenance on the Seagull Centre carpark will start on Tuesday morning, 20 September and should be finished by midday. Customers using the Thames Refuse Transfer Station and the Seagull Centre may experience some delays as part of the carpark will be out of use during this time with traffic management in place.

Matarangi Reserve

Matarangi Reserve

The reserve has been laid with top soil and grass seed. The toilets are still accessible, however please avoid the temporary fenced off area to give the grass some time to grow.

Matarangi Boat Ramp

Dredging is planned to start Tuesday 20 September and will take five working days (weather permitting). The pontoon will not be accessible during this time and the reserve will also be inaccessible for 6-10 weeks while the grass is re-established. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Most of the dredged material will be used to raise the land in the reserve to improve drainage issues and to nourish the beach adjacent to the ramp if suitable. Click here to view the figures indicating the approximate locations.

Royal Billy Point (Pāuanui)

‘Lift and drift’ dredging  has started and will continue until early next week (weather dependant). This ties in with the dredging application for all-tide access and removal of sand on a monthly maintenance program. It will open up the channel and provide for further (but less resource dependant) dredging once we have the consent in place, and allow the Tairua ferry to operate as normal over the busy summer months.

Pāuanui Reserve

On Monday, 19 September maintenance will start on the beach reserve directly landward of the newly restored coastal dune, near beach access 10 and 11, with small areas fenced off to allow the grass reseeding to develop, improving the existing grass. It won’t be a rapid transformation, however with the help of native sand trapping plants, on-going maintenance, enhancement, and coastal restoration plantings for the next couple of years, this will drastically improve the turf health. Contact the Pāuanui Dune Protection Society for further information.

Macrocarpa Reserve

We've replanted the grass at Macrocarpa Reserve in Whitianga so please pay attention to the temporary fencing that will be put up for 6-8 weeks and keep off the grass while it becomes established. There is limited parking on the side of the road next to the footpath. Please use alternative walkways to access the beach.

Pepe Stream Bridge replacement update from Waka Kotahi

The Pepe Stream Bridge (Tairua) business case identifies the need for the current Pepe Stream Bridge and parallel footbridge to be replaced with a two-lane bridge with an attached walking and wheeling pathway (Option One as presented during the community engagement session).

Waka Kotahi now move into the next phase of project development, which is called 'pre-implementation'. Funding for this phase has been approved and includes detailed design, consenting and property investigation.

Read more here.

Whangamatā power outage

On Wednesday 26 October, there will be a power outage affecting all of Whangamatā between 9am-3pm. Power will be on for the CBD and notable customers like supermarkets and health centers through BESS.

For more information check out the PowerCo website here.

Meetings and Community Board updates

At the meeting this week our Council approved a ‘heads of agreement’ in relation to securing land in perpetuity for public open space in Matarangi. The matter was the subject of public consultation in both the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan and the 2022/23 Annual Plan. Our Council will contribute $1.25 million to buy some of the land currently occupied by the golf course. The remainder of the land will be purchased and owned by the Matarangi Community Trust and Matarangi Land Holdings Ltd, subject to these two groups raising their own funds required.

The Shoreline Management pathways flew through Council adoption, with a round of applause at the conclusion of the three-year long, ground-breaking piece of work. Read more here.

Council also signed off on receiving a $1.5 million gift to upgrade the playground at Porritt Park and construct a special Changing Places toilet facility, which will be the first of its kind in New Zealand outside a metropolitan area. tcdc.govt.nz/porrittparkupgrade

Our Council agreed to proceed with reviews of three bylaws that need updating – Dog Control Bylaw 2016 (and the Dog Control Policy 2016), Advertising and Signs Bylaw 2017 and Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2017. Proposed changes will go out to a public consultation from 28 October – 2 December 2022.

The omnibus Reserve Management Plan review, initiated in 2018, was completed with the adoption of the Tairua-Pāuanui Reserve Management Plan at the meeting. Councillors thanked the submitters who gave feedback to the draft plan, and noted that as a result of this feedback that the Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board is creating a Reserve Management Group to support and coordinate community involvement in local reserve management. 

Next week our Mercury Bay and Coromandel-Colville Community Board's will meet. You can view the agendas here.

Please note: The Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board meeting has been moved to Friday 30 September due to the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day.

What's on in the Coromandel?

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie attended the 82nd Battle of Britain Anniversary Commemorations at the Thames Airfield last week.

This week, Thames Music and Drama presents 'Legacy' - a dark comedy written by Kristina Walton.

Find out more about upcoming events here.

 

Other News

The majority of the government's COVID-related public health requirements such as mask wearing in indoor public settings have been removed following the government's scrapping of the traffic light system. Read more here.
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