Thames Coromandel Update with Thames Councillor Sally Christie
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Posted September 15, 2021
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Brian Gentil spoke with Thames Councillor Sally Christie from the Thames-Coromandel District Council to find out how a council meeting today is going to work at Level 2.
Sally told Brian they will be following the MOH guidelines – 2 metre distancing in the chamber, face masks, using contract tracing and suggesting people view the meeting online rather than turning up in person because of capacity in the chambers. Sally said Council will be posting the recordings through their communication channels. She’s also looking forward to seeing a few more people In Real Life.
The meeting has a very big agenda with lots to discuss, including how TCDC will approach the government’s three water reforms proposals.
Brian mentioned that this proposal is reviewing how all council’s manage water, wastewater and storm water with the government looking at establishing several new entities around the country to manage the service ultimately taking the responsibility off councils. He asked what approach council is working towards?
Council’s objective is to ensure any local decisions that are required are made in the best interests of our communities, Sally told Brian. Our Councillors have conducted an initial review and tomorrow we’ll be working through a number of concerns, questions and discussion points that we have raised.
Some of the points include the appropriate mechanism to assess service provision requirements. Council thinks this should be rate-able household property numbers, rather than usually resident population. The usually resident population-based funding model is limited and misrepresents the real make-up of the district and the reality of the three water service delivery.
Sally explained that it’s being proposed for Thames Coromandel District Council to sit within the geographic boundary of Entity B – but Entity A is also an option. Council has no confirmed position but will request meetings with interested parties, including iwi and neighbouring districts to consider what makes the most sense for all partners.
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