Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie
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Posted November 25, 2020
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Thames Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie was getting ready to welcome beach hoppers to her region when Brian Gentil spoke with her this week.
Mayor Sandra said her Council is proud to sponsor this iconic event. They’re anticipating big numbers for the duration and while we’re here to make sure everyone has fun – there’s messages we need to share about conserving water.
The district is on Level 2 conserve water which is why people are being asked to conserve water now. Council is not encouraging boat and car washing at present and encourage people to visit tcdc.govt.nz/water to keep up with the situation.
There’s road closures – in Whangamata and Whitianga on some days for different Beach Hop events and more info can be found online at tcdc.govt.nz/roads
There are also 24/7 liquor bans from Wednesday to Sunday in town centres.
Thames Coromandel District Council is asking for feedback on solid waste activity and how that service can be delivered to customers in a survey. The survey is part of preparations for the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan.
Mayor Sandra said costs are increasing in lots of areas and we can’t just keep putting rates up – we need to look at other avenues like user pays or fees and charges.
Illegal dumping is a problem which costs. Mayor Sandra takes a zero tolerance to fly tipping.
One of the areas where there’s huge increases is around solid waste (rubbish/recycling). Some of the questions being asked are about closing down smaller RTSs like Tairua and Paunaui or reducing collection timeframes for peak summer collections in some places.
Council is looking at user fees and charges so that costs don’t keep falling on rate payers.
Feedback is also being sought around boat ramp/carparking fees, tourism funding and local ward projects. Visit www.tcdc.govt.nz for all the details and remember to have your say.
The Thames Valley Swamp Foxes received a big thumbs up and “Go the Swampfoxes” from Mayor Sandra who encouraged everybody around the districts they come from and represent to get out there with support and sponsorship.
Click on our podcast link to hear the full interview with Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie.