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Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Terry Walker

Thames Coromandel Update with Councillor Terry Walker

Posted November 17, 2020
Council Matters , Podcasts

Brian Gentil welcomed South Eastern Ward Councillor Terry Walker representing Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata to the Gold FM Breakfast Show for a catch up.

Brian asked Terry how the surveys his council is running ahead of the formal consultation for their Long Term Plan in March is going.

Operationally, Council ran a deficit of $4 million due to unbudgeted increased operating costs in solid waste and roading, combined with the impacts of COVID-19 on Council activities.

Terry said they’re trying to get back to a balanced budget (which means not borrowing more money) so we’re looking at how we can cut our cloth in terms of delivering the level of service.

We know putting up rates significantly is inequitable – so it’s about looking at how we can manage rate increases alongside generating more revenue – user pays/fees and charges, Terry said.

“So in the lead up to our Long Term Plan (LTP) for 2021-2031, which sets our budget, project and service priorities in detail for the next three years we’re putting out a number of proposals.

We’ve been promoting some suggestions for a week now – and had a great response so far. But we’d like to hear more – so if you have a view on how we fund tourism promotion, should we look to changing the frequency of our rubbish collections, or close some of our Refuse Transfer Stations (Matarangi and Pauanui are being proposed), we’d like to hear from you.”

Brian suggested listeners visit tcdc.govt.nz/haveyoursay to provide feedback.

Terry said a new skatepark is planned at the Cory Park domain in Tairua. This follows discussions with key users, stakeholders and individual land owners. The proposal is estimated at $450,000 with community fund raising required for $150,000 before construction.

To give feedback on the design go to tcdc.govt.nz/tairuaskate

“We’re also asking people about the concept plan we have to extend a boardwalk along the Whangamata Beach Esplanade area.” Visit tcdc.govt.nz/whangamataboardwalk online to tell council what you’d like to see happen.

Brian asked Terry for a couple of reminders on a few Council services.

Terry said, “We’ve got less than six weeks till Christmas – so if you’re looking to hold an event where you’re going to sell alcohol – you need to get your application into council before Sunday 22 November.

Council timeframes for processing LIMs and consents pause over late December to early January – so get those in soon if you need to.”

Call Thames Coromandel District Council on 07 868 0200 for any queries or email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz and remember to have your say on the pre-consultation happening now with the Long Term Plan.