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Council Matters with Hauraki Mayor John Tregidga

Posted 22 February 2018 by Gold FM in Council Matters

Hauraki Mayor John Tregidga calls into Gold FM to talk about Council Matters each Tuesday morning at 8.15. He touched on the weather with the mugginess caused by the cyclone Gita. 
And he said,"Well done!" to everybody involved with presenting the This Is ME Festival at Waihi's Morgan Park last Saturday.

Paeroa had a busy weekend with the V8 and Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet on Saturday too and then the Battle of the Streets motorcycle racing went off like clockwork on Sunday.

This is the time of year roadworks around the district are done. A lot of work is being done along Waihi Beach Road, including stormwater and drainage. It will take four to six weeks and Mayor Tregidga asked motorists to please slow down and take it easy to avoid stone chips and broken windscreens.

A review of representation across the three Hauraki District Wards will be undertaken and will be open for public submission. Council staff are currently working on the process involved.

Gold FM received a lot of feedback regarding the sale of the Gold Discovery Centre to two of the trustees who made the decision to sell off the tourism venture that has received a lot of public money. A listener called in when they heard the Mayor was due to talk to Brian Gentil and said they were disappointed as most people knew nothing about the proposed sale and the process taken to sell the centre. They made a suggestion that the Mayor disagreed with. He said he wasn't privy to the detail but the trustees had worked bloody hard operating the Discovery Centre. "We put this into a trust because we wanted it to run independently from any council interference." 
He talked about the Hamilton City Council who have suggested a trust manage a proposed multimillion-dollar theatre because they don't want to be responsible for it if it doesn't work. You've to got manage it as a business - don't keep coming back to council for money. "So we have the same sort of philosophy with this. It needed to be run as a business." 
The Mayor explained that he had nothing to do with the trust and was not involved. He said he was aware in September last year that they were thinking along these lines. "They just had no obligation to us at all. We gave grants as the government did to get this thing up and going." He added that to say the trust had not been working responsibly would be totally unfair. "However, I still believe in the product."

The Creative Communities Scheme for art project funding is open now. Applications close on the 23rd of March. The Mayor explained who could consider applying and said it would be great to get some new applications as they often get the same organisations applying for funding. He also said where applications could be picked up from.

The Kerepehi water reservoir at the Kerepehi Water Treatment Plant is due for an upgrade. Two large storage tanks will be going in which will more than double the drinking water reservoirs as there is concern thousands of dairy cows would run out of water if there is an issue and the plant malfunctions.

Hauraki District Council does not have collection for reusable electronic goods and appliances. Brian and the Mayor have spoken about this in previous Council Matters and the Mayor agrees it is something Hauraki could look at.

Click play to hear the full Council Matters with Mayor John Tregidga.