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Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Posted May 19, 2020
Council Matters

Brian Gentil spoke with Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie about the good news for businesses and workers in her district now that Alert Level 2 allows for businesses to open and people to travel to other regions.

Mayor Sandra told Brian it’s no wonder her district has been voted a top 10 drive in New Zealand after waking up to another stunning Coromandel day. A tiki tour around the Coromandel should be top of visitors’ lists.

Now is the time for people to come and enjoy our backyard, support tourism and help our economy get back on its feet. Anecdotally talking to businesses there was a lot of activity over the weekend as people came out to buy goods they haven’t been able to for the past six weeks. Businesses are sticking to having tools to be contactless and also provide contact tracking information if needed. There’s more activity out on the water - boats, jetskis - people getting out and amongst it, Mayor Sandra said.She also talked about the initiatives and campaigns happening to encourage visitors and support businesses.

Last week the Government announced a $400 million targeted Tourism Recovery Fund as part of Budget 2020 - so if you’re in tourism and want to know if you can apply for some funds - call the Thames Coromandel Economic Development Team 07 868 0200 to get more information (the money is through MBIE)

Brian asked about keeping it local with Community Boards meeting for the first time in over six weeks. He asked what’s on the agenda.

Mayor Sandra has already been busy catching up with the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting yesterday, today it’s Whangamata and Wednesday its Thames. They’re still all online meetings for now - so audio will be uploaded to TCDC’s website after each meeting as they are still taking precautions at Level 2.

Some items on the agenda for Tairua Pauanui included whether to install CCTV at the Pepe Bridge and some applications from commercial businesses who want to operate on reserves in Tairua and Pauanui.

Whangamata Board will be getting an update on the proposed Boardwalk and options going forward, while in Thames one of the agenda items is to consider whether to support the Thames Connector Bus moving from a trial basis to being a permanent component of the regional public transport baseline.

You can read all the agendas by going to the council website tcdc.govt.nz/your-council … or wait for the audio to be posted online.

Next week the Mercury Bay and Coromandel-Colville Community Boards will meet.

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