95% of submitters to the Waikato Regional Council’s draft Public Transport Plan support much stronger public transport links within and between local towns such as Whitianga, Tairua, Coromandel, Waihi, Thames and Whangamata. This adds even more weight to the strong case I have been making for government funding for new bus connections in Thames Coromandel and Hauraki.Read More »
As your Thames Coromandel representative on Waikato Regional Council since 2019, I’ve had a significant influence on the council’s actions to control rates, tackle climate change, improve water quality and public transport, boost economic development, and enhance the overall well-being of our communities. This is great momentum, but there is so much more I wish to achieve for our communities. That is why I am asking for your vote to re-elect me as your regional council representative.
My positive influence on WRC’s actions includes:
- A loan scheme I proposed for eco-retrofitting homes is now WRC’s flagship policy (at no cost to general ratepayers). This scheme will provide low-interest loans to households of up to $15,000 for installations such as double-glazing, insulation, heat pumps, water tanks and solar panels, repayable by way of a targeted rate.
- A zero-rates increase in the first year of the Covid-19 crisis and better rates relief for low-income households
- Planning is more advanced for new public transport services in Thames Coromandel than in any other Waikato rural district, due to my advocacy
- Future of Thames Urban Bus future secured, and $400,000 to volunteer community transport
- New subsidised transport services for disabled persons started in Thames Coromandel
- $200,000 grant towards the purchase of the iconic New Chums Beach headland
- Regional development grant of $2m for the development of Sugarloaf Wharf, Coromandel
- 45% reduction in WRC’s emissions resulting in lower operating costs for ratepayers
- A bold plan to make Waikato public transport carbon emissions “negative” by 2027 and greater emphasis on public transport connections in rural areas
- Focus on drought, drinking water supply, river and coastal flooding and other climate change risks
- Ending WRC investment in fossil fuels
- Installing solar power on council buildings gaining significant savings for ratepayers
- Keeping WRC climate-focused with a climate action committee, a climate action roadmap and a decision-making framework
Protecting Waterways Forests and Wildlife
- Secured government funding for kauri dieback and wilding pine control on the Peninsula
- Local pest trapping, kiwi care, and restoration groups receiving almost $2 million
- $1million ‘Shovel Ready’ funding gained for local ‘Clean Streams’ and river restoration projects to keep our waterways swimmable
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Congratulations to the Thames Community Board which at its meeting yesterday, gave its support to making the Thames Connector public bus service permanent, and recommended that funding for it be included in the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan.Read More »
For the first time, the Waikato Regional Council’s three-yearly survey of greenhouse gas emissions has a breakdown for Thames-Coromandel District and other Waikato districts.Read More »
The Climate Action Committee of Waikato Regional Council (WRC) has recommended that a Waikato Region Electric Vehicle (EV) Working Group be established to develop a coordinated approach supporting the adoption of EVs and the expansion of charging infrastructure. The proposed Working Group will comprise all councils in the Waikato region, iwi partners, electricity network companies, EV advocacy representatives and other stakeholders.Read More »