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Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Posted April 14, 2020
Council Matters

Brian Gentil spoke with Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie to ask how she spent one of the most unusual Easter holidays in NZ history - with the whole country in lockdown.

With everything happening in her district the Mayor has been so busy and hasn’t been out to shop much so forgot to buy Easter eggs.

Mayor Sandra said the Emergency Operating Centre was extremely busy with welfare and a huge demand for food parcels, with more than 700 delivered around the district the entire weekend.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have been helping with packing and distribution of parcels.

Police will continue to do random checkpoints and the TCDC regulatory team was out over the long weekend.

The dog bylaw for public holidays was still in place and dog owners are reminded to keep their dogs on a lead, pick up their dog’s poo and keep to dog exercising areas.

We are nearing the date where the level 4 lockdown was planned to end (April 24) so Mayor Sandra’s council is starting to plan for what a level 3 alert might look like for the Coromandel.

She’s very impressed with the huge effort made by people in her district and reminded everyone how critical the next two weeks will be.

Council meetings are being held online currently - so council will be talking about what sort of assistance they’ll be able to offer coming out of Alert Level 4. Mayor Sandra is hopeful to get together in the Council Chamber before too much longer.

Brian asked about the Thames Coromandel Annual Plan consultation closing today. All the information is available at www.tcdc.govt.nz/annualplan2020 or people can call 07 868 0200 to talk to a member of the Planning Team about the consultation.

We want views, opinions, ideas and suggestions because there’s a whole wealth of knowledge out there in the community Mayor Sandra said.

Rates discussions and whether council is considers a rates freeze will be on the agenda for future meetings.

Mayor Sandra said she is looking forward to getting back to a new sort of normal…sort of.

Click on our podcast link to hear the full interview with Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie.