Waikato Regional Council Proposes Greater Support to Community Transport Sector

Exciting New Initiatives

Thames-Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council Denis Tegg is delighted that the Regional Connections Committee of Council has proposed some exciting new initiatives to provide much-needed support to these volunteer community transport groups which run a vital lifeline service to smaller towns and rural areas in Thames Coromandel and elsewhere in the Waikato region.  Community transport providers typically rely on volunteers and fundraising to offer transport to those in need, where no other suitable public transport option exists.

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Waikato Progress Indicators

Each year the Waikato Regional Council publishes a set of indicators providing a high-level picture about how we are doing in the Waikato region.

This helps enable an assessment of critical economic, social and environmental conditions and trends.  It also helps to evaluate progress with the council’s purpose, strategy and community outcomes.

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Revitalising the Hauraki Gulf – next steps and community input

The Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Fisheries gave a presentation to the Hauraki Gulf Forum last week on Central Government’s response to the Seachange report for the Gulf.

The presentation sets out “next steps” with the Revitalising the Gulf” project

There will be opportunities for community/iwi input into the “Revitalising the Gulf” project over the coming months.

If you are interested in being further involved in the project – for example if you have ideas on marine protection or other coastal issues, then check out the links for further information and email contact details in the last slide.

Why Ratepayers Much Better Off If TCDC Opts Into Three Waters Proposals

Thames Coromandel District Council has $89 million in three waters debt, the highest water charges, woeful non-compliance with the drinking water standard and three-waters resource consent conditions and 53% of properties suffer unplanned outages.  These are just some of the reasons why TCDC would be crazy to turn down the $19 million government assistance package and reform proposals, have this huge debt written off their balance sheet, and ensure much lower future costs for their ratepayers. 

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Waikato Regional Council Adopts Climate Change Investment Policy and will Divest from Fossil Fuels

Waikato Regional Council has voted in favour of a new Responsible Investment Policy that includes a Climate Change Investment Policy and a commitment to divest from coal, oil, and gas companies. This is a win for both the climate and ratepayers as higher investment returns are anticipated from environmentally sustainable funds.

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