Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Martin Rodley
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Posted August 04, 2020
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Brian Gentil spoke with Thames-Coromandel District Councillor Martin Rodley who represents the Thames Ward and asked him about becoming a Councillor and also how long he’d been in the district. Martin said they’d first arrived in the early 1990’s and this was his first term as a Councillor.
With a meeting on today Brian asked what was on today’s busy agenda. Martin explained they’d be looking at the Community Awards, where those behind the scenes doing lots of good things get a little recognition, and said Council was reviewing the Freedom Camping Bylaw to see if after about five years it might need some changes. Covid -19 may have affected things too Martin said.
Council is also working on the next phase of initiatives to support the local economy post Covid-19, and they were also considering the three waters - stormwater, wastewater and drinking water and a Government review on how to improve the regulation and supply arrangements for all three waters.
Brian mentioned that the council meetings can be viewed from their website tcdc.govt.nz.
Brian asked Martin, as a Thames Councillor, to tell us about the grant of $356 thousand Thames received for a revitalising streets project from NZTA to create a more vibrant hub. Martin said it involves the temporary closure of Mary Street between Pollen and Queen streets to the majority of vehicle traffic and work on the co-design and community engagement is underway.
Martin also spoke about some investigation into the creation of murals on some buildings which should be interesting.
As a keen supporter of the performing arts community Martin brought us up to date with some great shows and plays coming up around the district, and urged people to take the opportunity to get out and support these events.
To listen to the interview just click on our podcast link …