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Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Posted October 14, 2020
Council Matters , Podcasts

It was good to welcome Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie back to the Gold FM Breakfast Show for a catch up.

Brian Gentil asked Mayor Sandra about the development of the Kopu business and marine precinct, which council got $8.2m from the government to progress. Where’s that project at?

Mayor Goudie said invited key stakeholders will meet with their project team to go through the final design for the facility tomorrow, Thursday October 15.

The design team is looking at separation of recreation and commercial operations, formation of public access to a new public boat ramp and parking area, a marine hardstand servicing on the river side of the existing stopbank for washdown etc and an all-tide commercial wharf and pontoon to facilitate in-water servicing, and loading of vessels.

This is all part of the consent process and it’s looking like a resource consent will be lodged before the end of the year – with the build happening early next year and completion by mid next year.

You can find our more about that project by going to tcdc.govt.nz/kopumarineprecinct

Brian also asked Mayor Sandra about a webinair coming up for anyone involved in the tourism sector. The investment plan for the 2020/2021 year includes activities across three categories:

Destination Management and Planning, Industry Capacity Building and Product Development and Domestic Marketing.

Destination Coromandel received one-off funding of $700,000 as part of the Government’s COVID-19 Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme(STAPP). There’s a huge promotion in Auckland with scenes of the Coromandel on bus backs and billboards. thecoromandel.com has all the details.

Thames Coromandel District Council started more consultations last week.

Mayor Sandra explained they’re about rates policies:

Rates Remission Policy – Some key changes proposed around land affected by a natural calamity – added fire to the remission title – and added a policy allowing penalties to be automatically remitted if rates arrears are paid within 14 days.

Rates postponement policy – Sets out how people who own their own home and are over 65 or in financial hardship can postpone or defer paying their rates

Postponement and Remission of Rates on Māori Freehold Land Policy - supporting owners of the land in its traditional use and recognising the importance of the relationship of Māori and their culture with their ancestral lands

To find out more about the consultations open now, or to have your say, you’ll find detailed information by going to tcdc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

Click play on our podcast link to hear what Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie had to say today.