Thames Coromandel Update with Thames Councillor Sally Christie
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Posted January 20, 2021 at 07:00 pm
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Brian Gentil spoke with Thames Councillor Sally Christie who said she had a lovey family time over Christmas/ New Year.
The Shore Management Plan is ramping up again this month with a series of Open Days being held for the general public to hear about progress – including showing progress on predicted coastal erosion and inundation from hazard assessments. Everyone is encouraged to have their say. Sally said this is about helping communities and coasts adapt to coastal hazards through site-specific plans for the entire length of our coastline, including our offshore islands.
The areas of focus are broken up into four sites:
Kopu-Thames and the Thames Coast
Coromandel Town Coast to Kennedy Bay
Whangapoua Harbour and the Mercury Bay Coast
South-East Coast (Tairua through to Whangamata)
Late last year coastal panels - who are representatives from each area, were established. The open days kick off Monday 25 January in Whangapoua and the last one is in Whangamata on Wednesday 3 February.
Brian suggested people visit tcdc.govt.nz/smp for more details.
Water conservation is a hot topic on the Coromandel at this time of year. Sally said water conservation levels were only elevated to Level 4 in some areas of the district (sprinkler ban). There has been no need yet to elevate to Level 5 anywhere (Total Watering Ban) thanks to everyone’s cooperation. This is the first time the district has not had to elevate to Level 5 since records have been kept of peak period restrictions (2017).
MetService also issued their four-week forecast last week through to early February, and it’s looking dry.
According to NIWA, Whitianga recorded its warmest January temperature on record last week since their records began in 1962, with the Firth of Thames also reaching high temperature.
The New Zealand Drought Index is also showing that the region has been identified as experiencing a significant soil moisture deficit and therefore deemed a “hotspot”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
So as the long dry summer period continues, so do water restrictions. Sally thanked everyone’s for the ongoing support and awareness to conserve water.
To stay up to date with water conservation and water restrictions visit www.tcdc.govt.nz/water online.
Click on our podcast link to hear the full Thames Coromandel update with Thames Councillor Sally Christie.