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Thames Coromandel Update with Thames Councillor Sally Christie

Thames Coromandel Update with Thames Councillor Sally Christie

Posted October 05, 2021
Council Matters , Podcast

Brian Gentil welcomed Thames Councillor Sally Christie to his show to catch up with what’s been happening in her district.Sally said we need to stay out of Hamilton and keep within our boundaries and remember to practice good hygiene by washing our hands regularly and coughing into our elbow. She also talked about the importance of being vaccinated and said we all need to presume that people around us have got it.Brian mentioned how so far there are no cases announced in the Coromandel. Let’s hope people can stick to the latest alert level restrictions in the north-western Waikato around Hamilton, Raglan and other communities, to keep this latest outbreak locked in place.The government has released a map of the alert level 3 area, it’s on the www.covid19.govt.nz website but it begins just south of Pokeno and runs down to just south of Hamilton stopping short of Cambridge.

Brian asked Sally whether  any Council staff or contractors affected by this?

There are some staff contractors likely affected by this. For the most part our Council staff can work remotely, so we’re well equipped now for lockdowns, Sally told Brian.We can make sure that the essential services we deliver like water supply, roading and building consent processing continue. Like other organisations carrying out essential work, workers who MUST cross alert level boundaries need to have an essential worker’s letter. People should check with their employer about that. Or, delivery drivers, for example, can provide delivery dockets as evidence of the purpose of their travel.

All the information people need about the west Waikato alert level 3 area and the restrictions are on the government’s COVID-19 website. TCDC’s annual Council magazine “Our Coromandel” is out now.

Sally explained that the digital version of the magazine is available now on Council’s website at tcdc.govt.nz/ourcoro2021 and hard copies are being printed right now and should be out by mid-October.She said copies will be posted to all ratepayers who don’t live in the district – many are in Auckland and it’s hoped they’ll be able to visit their properties soon.There will also be copies available at Council service desks, District Libraries and visitor centres for Coromandel residents to pick up – just before Labour Day long weekend.

Brian asked Sally about what’s in this year’s issue? Sally said,”We’ve got a big focus on the aquaculture industry, how much it contributes to our district and the infrastructure we’re building to support it. We’re also focusing on what’s being done to manage our oceans sustainably with kaitiakitanga principles, so we can still keep on doing things like the good old Kiwi pastime of recreational fishing. We’ve got updates on projects around the district, we look at government reforms, particularly the Three Waters proposals and the impact to our district. We’ve got features on local artists and artisanal food and beverage producers and we look at what some of our best and brightest young people are up to.Sounds like a great read! 

Sally and Brian talked about the toilet upgrades and roading works being done to cater for a lot of visitors as well as locals. They also touched on the Coromandel town bypass project being confirmed in the district’s Long Term Plan.Sally finished by saying, “Stay well everyone - look after each other; get vaccinated and support your friends in Auckland - ring them up.”To hear the full update with Sally Christie, Thames Ward Councillor for Thames-Coromandel District Council – just click on our podcast.