Council services at Level 2 and other news 10 September 2021 Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District - all now in one easy-to-read place - which we publish every Friday. This week's wrap-up: Council service operating in Level 2 COVID-19 vaccination centres in our district Get your nominations in for the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards Spring cleaning doesn't mean dumping your rubbish Feedback sought on plans for Census Disability Survey Creative Communities Scheme seeking funding applications Works in your area Volunteer dune restoration events Our current consultations - have your say Upcoming meetings Rates rebates - how can you apply If you missed last Friday’s Council news wrap-up, read it here. Council services operating under Level 2 Welcome to the first few days of Level 2 and a little bit more freedom as we all get out and about around the District again. Council has put in place a number of measures to ensure the public safety while using Council facilities at Level 2. All services will operate under the government’s guidance and orders for Level 2, which include social distancing of two metres, wearing a face covering in public areas, contact tracing, and limits on numbers in indoor facilities. See our Council’s COVID-19 website for more details on these: tcdc.govt.nz/covid-19 All council toilets are open and will be and cleaned twice daily and park facilities such as BBQ’s, drinking fountains are open after sanitising. All playgrounds, skate areas and fitness equipment has reopened after safety checking and sanitising. Council jetties, wharves and boatramps are all open along with airfields. Please follow the signage at Whitianga Wharf to segregate commercial and recreational users of the wharf. Council halls have also reopened but there is a cap of 50 people for any events booked at the halls this cap on numbers also applies to the Jack MacLean Community Recreation Centre, in Thames. The Thames Centennial Pool is open with lane booking in place although some programmes will remain on hold until Level 1. Thames, Tairua and Whitianga Libraries are open but there is likely to be limits on the number of people in the buildings at one time and some progammes will remain on hold until we go to Level 1. There is a limit on the number of people who can attend burials to 100 people and number also applies to attendance at sporting events. Some delays in spring renovations due to lockdown may also have impacted upon turf. Looking for a COVID-19 vaccination centre in our district? Check the Healthpoint website for the location nearest you. www.healthpoint.co.nz You can make an online booking for vaccination the government's Book My Vaccine website: bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz Our Council has helped medical centres like that in Whangamatā plan traffic management, so follow staff directions and any signage you see. Who are you favourite Hauraki Coromandel businesses Nominations are open for the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards. Choose your favorite business or business person and get your nominations in. There are three categories including: People’s Choice, Community and Not For Profit, and Service to Business. Nominations can be made on the website by clicking here or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations close on Monday, September 20, at 5pm. Make sure you like and follow the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards Facebook page to find out who’s in the running for these categories. People's Choice Award: Who is your favorite business in the Hauraki and Coromandel? Nominate them for the People’s Choice award sponsored by Thames Centre Pharmacy for sponsoring this category. Community and Not For Profit: Who are the heroes doing amazing things in our communities? This is a public pat on the back for volunteers, shops, organisations, events and more. Finalists will be chosen by a public vote, the award sponsored by Richardsons Real Estate. Service to Business: Do you know someone who has given their time, energy and enthusiasm to businesses in our communities? Nominate them for the Service to Business Award, Provide some information about these superstars, explaining why you think they’re deserving of this award. The finalists and eventual winner in this category are chosen by a panel of judges and organisers. This category is sponsored by OceanaGold. Spring cleaning doesn't mean dumping your rubbish We'd like to remind people that spring cleaning doesn't mean dumping your rubbish in reserves around our District. Council contractors have recently cleared away a large dumping site at Papa Aroha. It is an issue which continues to crop up around the District and our Council is monitoring known dump sites with a view to prosecuting the dumpers when we can, and recovering the costs of clean up. The costs associated with the clean up of items will include the contracted charge-out rate to remove the materials, including the costs for labour, PPE, transport and proper disposal of the rubbish. If someone suspects rubbish has been illegally, they are asked to contact council's customer services team on 07 868 0200 or email email@example.com Feedback sought on content for Disability Survey Stats NZ is asking for feedback on what data people would like to see as part their upcoming 2023 Disability Survey, part of the National Census. The Thames Coromandel has a higher disability rate than most of the country because of the older avergae age of our residents and the link between disability and age. We encourage you to provide feedback on what you could like to see covered by the survey because the information collected as part of the 2023 Census will affect Central Government and Local Government support for disability services in our district. Public consultation on the content of the Disability Survey is open until 5pm, Friday, 29 October, 2021. You can place your feedback by clicking here. Turn your creative dreams into reality Local art groups and creative projects across the Coromandel are being offered a helping hand with funding from the Creative Communities Scheme. Applications are now open and close on Friday 1 October. The Committee will assess the applications on 28 October 2021. Projects/Activities must be completed within 12 months of being advised their application has been successful. The scheme, backed by Creative New Zealand, aims to increase participation in the arts, broaden the range and diversity of the arts available to communities and enhance and strengthen the local arts sector. Funding is awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project and applications must meet one or more of the scheme’s criteria. Your project must meet one or more of the following funding criteria: Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities. Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity. Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts. Our Council administers the funding based on decisions made by a Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board made up of representatives from across our district. Applications forms plus more information about the Creative Communities Scheme funding can be found on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/ccs Works happening in your area Most works had been put on hold during lockdown but projects will be continuing now we have entered Level 2. Repair to the drop-out on Colville Road, Coromandel Town Work to repair the dropout on Colville Road recommenced on Monday 30 August and will continue regardless of lockdown levels. This means that the road closure times have resumed as normal. Now that the work has restarted, we will be able to provide a construction completion date soon. Our Council’s contractors are following approved procedures during the road works to limit interactions. We ask that you don’t enter the worksite when contractors are on site. The road is closed Monday to Friday, with periodic openings for drivers to pass through, to allow our contractors to complete the repairs. Set times: 7am to 8am – road closed8am to 8.30am - road open8:30 am – 12:30pm – road closed12.30pm to 1pm - road open1pm – 3:15pm – road closed3.15pm to 3.45pm - road open3:45pm – 5pm – road closedAfter 5pm through to 7am the next morning – road open A contingency plan is in place to allow emergency vehicles through if needed. We are making every effort to restore the road to two full lanes as soon as possible. Road works - For a summary of roading activities programmed for our District next week see tcdc.govt.nz/roading. Volunteer Restoration Events All Volunteer Restoration events have been cancelled until further notice. Due to the timing of the COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions (and potential risks going back to restricted levels) around volunteer events, and plant health risks with predicted normal or below normal rainfall (NIWA), we have made the decision to conclude the 2021 community restoration season a few weeks earlier than planned. Unfortunately, this means that we are no longer continuing our planned community planting bees, including those planned for Pauanui and Flaxmill Bay. We are working closely with out conservation nursery supplier to monitor and maintain our native dune plants in our holding nursery, in hopes to start the 2022 community restoration season in May next year. We would like to thank all our volunteers and community groups for their hard work, dedication, and ongoing support this year. We will be in touch once the levels have changed and we are able to continue the community work, weeding bees, seed collection and getting the volunteers involved in helping us look after our plants in the nursery until next year. Our current consultations - have your say 2021 Representation Review Our public consultation on our Representation Review runs until Friday 17 September. We’re asking for feedback on our Council’s proposal to retain the current mix of wards and Community Boards but adding a third councillor to Mercury Bay ward to account for population growth there. Find out more about this consultation at tcdc.govt.nz/representationreview Upcoming meetings Council meeting - Tuesday 14 September, 9am, Council Chambers, Thames Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting - Monday 20 September, 10am, Pauanui meeting room Whangamatā Community Board meeting - Tuesday 21 September, 10am, Whangamatā Board Room, 620 Port Road, Whangamatā Thames Community Board meeting - Wednesday 22 September, 9am, Council Chambers, Thames Council and Community Board meetings can take place in person under Level 2 requirements of two-metre social distancing, mask wearing, and contact tracing. Our audio-visual conference facilities will be available so that elected members, staff, or members of the public making an appearance in the public forum can attend the meeting remotely. All our meetings are recorded and made available on our Councils’ YouTube channel and are uploaded to www.tcdc.govt.nz/meetings. Community Board meetings at some of our smaller venues will be considered on a case-by-case basis, determined by the ability to meet the two-metre distancing requirement. Copies of agendas, reports and minutes are available on this page or at Council offices, two days before the meeting. Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the public part of the meetings. If you wish to present during a public forum session, please see our website for more information on how to register and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for the meeting video link if you wish to attend via video link. Rates rebates - how can you apply Applications for the 2021/2022 rates rebate year from the Department of Internal Affairs are now available. Rebates are calculated by the Department of Internal Affairs, dependant on the amount of your household income and rates payable for the year. The maximum rebate this year has increased to $665. To find out more and to download the application form visit our website. If you need any assistance to apply for your rebate, pop in and see our friendly team at one of our service centres when alert levels allow.