Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie
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Posted February 23, 2021
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Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie joined Brian Gentil to update district news.
Brian Gentil asked about some of the news that’s come out of the Board meetings so far?
Mayor Sandra talked about how the Tairua-Pauanui Board had committed to Cory Park domain as the site for its skate park facility. The zoning there complies with District Plan rules, noise assessment has been done and it’s where the majority of the community want it. The Trust set up to fundraise 2/3rds of the money has already got $114k of the $150k of their share .. so it’s going well.
Whangamata Board is looking at options for the future of the Opoutere Hall and will be asking the community for feedback over the next few months as to what’s the best option for the hall (which is currently vacant and in disrepair).
Thames Board approved funding out of its discretionary fund to bring Beach Hop to Thames next year. The Hop has visited Whitianga for the past three years, and now organisers are looking to make it alternate years between the two towns.
Coromandel-Colville Board meets today and Mercury Bay tomorrow. All the meetings are recorded and can be viewed online, or you can read a highlights package of what’s been discussed online via tcdc.govt.nz
Brian asked Mayor Sandra about the pilot for the temporary closure of Mary St in Thames to create a civic space. She mentioned a test run last week where road cones were set up and traffic was monitored for a few hours - with no major dramas.
Road marking started last night and today the temporary street furniture, fixtures and fittings will be installed. The materials being used for the public space are temporary and can be easily removed.
The length of the trial public space and the Mary St closure will depend on how the space is used, its effects on traffic flow and the feedback received on it. It is a pilot and use of the space and how the street closure affects vehicle traffic will be monitored.
The new space will incorporate seating and tables, shade, greenery, lighting, bike racks, road art and designs from Thames artists on concrete planters.
Click on our podcast link to hear the full interview with Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie. You can catch up with weekly updates on Gold FM’s Breakfast Show with Brian Gentil each Tuesday morning at 7.40 am and we’ll share the interview with a podcast each week too.