Thames Coromandel Update with Robyn Sinclair
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Posted September 15, 2020
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Thames Councillor Robyn Sinclair from the Thames-Coromandel District Council joined Brian Gentil for a chat today.
Brian asked Robyn to share some business statistics that have just been released around how the Thames Coromandel local economy has been faring over the past few months since lockdown.
Robyn said there’s been good and bad news with 14 per cent of Coromandel businesses forecasting sales for the second half of 2020 will be more than 50 percent lower than the same time last year.
65 per cent don’t expect to change the number of full-time employees over the next six months. In fact, 20 per cent of the businesses said they expected to increase full-time employees by up to five people.
Council is seeing some optimistic, resilient people which is reflected in the data about how many businesses have moved into developing the digital and more online offerings of their products and services.
Confidence is going to be key over the next few months, and council is there to help businesses stay optimistic, particularly in the tourism, primary industries and services sectors.
Winter is always the quiet season, and domestic tourism activity, which makes up a significant share of the market, is anticipated to pick up heading into summer.
Brian asked about the three big issues around water with the huge influx of tourists in summer.
The Thames Coromandel district is facing increasingly drier summers and have a lot of infrastructure they have to pay to either upgrade or renew. Brian asked what Council is doing to manage this?
Robyn talked about water metres at some properties in Coromandel Town, Thames/Thames Valley, Pauanui and commercial areas of Whitianga. $1.37 per 1000 litres of water is what an ordinary water user spends in the district a day– that’s the same as 28 showers or 13 baths. If people knew how much they used and how much it cost perhaps it would change habits. More public education about reducing water use is being rolled out too.
This Friday TCDC is going out for public feedback on their draft water demand strategy – this will help them make decisions on the best tools they can use to manage water demand.
The current Long Term Plan has $16m million to upgrade many of the district’s water treatment facilities by the end of the 2021/22 financial year.
Longer-term plans for meeting population demand for fresh water are also continually being assessed through Council’s Asset Management Plans and in the upcoming 2021-2031 Long Term Plan, which goes out for consultation in early 2021. Click on our podcast link to hear the full Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Robyn Sinclair and visit tcdc.govt.nz online for all the details.