Thames Coromandel District Council has extended their Community Plans survey until 8 am, Monday 6 May, which means there’s still time to have your say on what you think of their activities and services where you live.
Some of these plans were written many years ago and it’s a good time to ‘check-in’ and change, add or confirm the plans in place, the council says. We want to get a good sense of what’s important to each community. Knowing what everyone values will help your Community Board and Council make more informed decisions around funding and to prioritise the services and activities that are most important to your community.
The plans are about what a community can do itself (and advocate for), and what Council can do in partnership with the community and other organisations.
TCDC started their Community Plan review process earlier this year, with focus groups for each area providing feedback, which helped them develop a public survey. These responses will feed into the new set of Community Plans.They want to hear from people who live permanently or own a property in their district, and which community you associate with most, what you like about it and what changes you would like to make it a better place to live, work, visit and play in.
To thank you for taking the time to complete the survey they are offering the chance to win an iPad Pro 10.5.
After receiving all the survey responses, they will analyse these for each area and create draft community plans for Thames, Coromandel-Colville, Mercury Bay North, Mercury Bay Central, Mercury Bay South, Tairua-Pauanui and Whangamata.
These seven plans will include actions and values which apply to the whole area of the plan, as well as specific actions and values that might only apply to one settlement. The survey responses will be considered alongside the existing Community Plans and other relevant information that may have been provided recently to Council.
For example, Kuaotunu has recently run its own community survey and these results will be taken into account.
The draft community plans will be presented to the Community Boards in July for discussion, and then, following the local elections in October 2019, the next stage of community engagement will be determined. The aim is to finalise the new plans in early 2020.
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