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Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Terry Walker

Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Terry Walker

Posted September 09, 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 spent a couple of great days enjoying tiki touring around the Coromandel and managed to fit in a meeting with Creative Coromandel. He’s on the Board of Creative Coromandel He Mana Toi Moehou Trust and talked about how this group supports the district’s artistic community. Their objects are to coordinate a unified approach to promotion, advocacy and representation of the arts across the District.

Terry had a message to all artists, a new round of CCNZ (Creative Communities NZ) funding is open for 4 weeks with applications closing on 2nd October.

He also shared some great news for the Coromandel around Provincial Growth Fund grants. To apply for that funding go to

Four Coromandel surf clubs have been given funding from the Government’s $50 billion COVID Response and Recovery Fund. The money is to be used to build infrastructure facilities and will replace funds that were unable to be raised due to COVID-19 restrictions and the loss of traditional funding and fundraising opportunities.

Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club - $676,000

Tairua Surf Life Saving Club - $699,000

Onemana Surf Life Saving Club - $317,000

Hot Water Beach Surf Life Saving Club - $120,000

The commercial and business sector of Kōpū received an $8.2 million injection from the government to revamp its marine-servicing infrastructure and create new economic development opportunities through the PGF.

And Winston Peters will visit Kopu for a public celebration to mark the first milestone. That’s being held Saturday 19 September.

Councillor Terry Walker represents Whangamata in the South Eastern ward and told Brian about some of the work going on in his area.

They’re sealing the last section of the Wentworth Valley road before Christmas. This will improve travel for locals and visitors to the DOC camp and waterfall/bushwalks.

TCDC is doing more improvements around the drinking water plants at Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata – so they meet the national Drinking Water Standards.

There’s also work going on been for Transportation Investment Plans to highlight opportunities to improve transport links withthe government’s move away from just economics to encourage a Health and Wellbeing approach to transportation opening up cycling/ walking tracks as important and safe passage opportunities that will attract funding.

Click on our podcast link to listen to the full Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Terry Walker.