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Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie

Posted January 12, 2021
Council Matters , Podcasts

Brian Gentil spoke with Thames Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie to wish her a Happy New Year and for his first catch up with her for 2021.

Mayor Sandra said she’s had a great break and apart from the trouble at Whangamata her district has been really lucky and done extremely well considering the numbers of people visiting. There have been about 400,00 people visiting and she’s grateful for the great summer season.

Conserving water is important and on the whole people are respecting the water bans and thinking of how they can reuse and recycle the Mayor said. “I think people need to take a bow and give themselves a pat on the back.”

Brian asked about the Freedom Camping Bylaw which is open for consultation. Anyone can put in a submission until the 2nd of February and the Mayor hopes people will take the opportunity to make a submission. She reminded people that they can have a say about where they think freedom camping should be and it doesn’t have to be on prime beach front areas. People are welcome to make suggestions of suitable places and rejig where they should be by suggesting changes to existing sites.

There’s no such thing as freedom camping Mayor Sandra said, as we pay for the water, cleaning, wastewater and operation costs - so everything provided is not free Ratepayers are picking up the fee and I’m not a fan.

February the 2nd will sneak up quickly so make sure you have your say and make a submission.


Mayor Sandra also talked about people subscribing to council newsletters to keep up to date.

To hear the full catch up with Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie click play on our podcast link.