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Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Posted May 05, 2020
Council Matters , Podcasts

Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie phoned in to talk to Brian Gentil about goings on in her region.

This week the Thames-Coromandel District Council is hearing from more than 50 submitters to its draft Annual Plan.

It’s three days of being online for the Councillors and those who want to be heard. Today is day two … how has it been going, Brian asked?

The Mayor is pleased with the way hearing the submitters to her council’s draft Annual Plan is going online. She said there is less distraction and the amount of saving of time and travel is phenomenal and she feels it is much less intimidating for a submitter.
Council deliberations and decisions will be made in June, and speaking of decisions… we’re inching ever closer to that May 11 day where the Prime Minister will make an announcement on whether we remain at lockdown 3 or relax restrictions.

For the time being it’s the status quo but a few things have eased off in the Thames-Coromandel District Council - like the opening of refuse transfer stations. See tcdc.govt.nz for full details.

Going forward there is some relief for the business sector with construction and hospitality allowed to resume but with restrictions, and the council is looking to connect with these sectors at the moment.

A working group has been established for event organisers around the district to share ideas and information. Contact District Events Coordinator kirstin.richmond@tcdc.govt.nz if you are interested in joining or to find out how Council can support your event going forward.

Mayor Sandra and Brian talked about the online forums TCDC is supporting to understand how the building/construction and hospitality sectors may operate in the medium to long-term as we move out of the stages of COVID-19 lockdown.

There was also a stakeholder meeting for the local tourism sector. The domestic visitor market is very strong in the Coromandel region. “It’s all about recovery and preparing the way ahead. On the whole our domestic visitor industry is very important to us,” Mayor Sandra said. There was much optimism by many - and we’re going to be targeting our absentee homeowners to spend more time here. You can find out more about that by going to thecoromandel.com