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Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Terry Walker

Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Terry Walker

Posted August 27, 2020
Council Matters , Podcasts

Thames Coromandel District Councillor Terry Walker, who represents the South Eastern ward of Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata joined Brian Gentil on the Gold FM Breakfast Show.

Terry is on the Council’s Emergency Management Committee that meets every six weeks. The Emergency Management Committee met at the end of last week so Brian asked Terry to update what’s been going on.

Councillor Walker explained how the emergency team deals with issues like the recent drought, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and the four sub-tropical storms that have kept them busy.

Because the Coromandel’s geography is wide and expansive, and connectivity is not always good there’s a whole raft of ways they need to make sure emergency messages and responses happen, which is why the Emergency Management Unit is developing things like Community Response Plans.

Terry told Brian Emergency NZ (FENZ) intend to disconnect the TCDC paging system from 19 of the 29 tsunami sirens in the district by the end of this year. Council is working with NEMA and FENZ to reach a workable solution, so that when the sirens are disconnected, a range of appropriate methods of alerting will be available to affected communities.

Brian asked Terry about the not such great news that the latest economic quarterly data for the Coromandel shows the local economy has been hard hit by the COVID pandemic.

There are still lots of positives to look forward to though with long weekends, Auckland getting out of Alert Level 3 and holidaying at home Kiwis getting out and about spending on the Coromandel.

Click on our podcast link to hear the full Thames Coromandel Update with Brian Gentil and Councillor Terry Walker.