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2012 Ten Year Plan adopted; average rate reductions locked in, green light for community projects

01 July 2012

The Council adopted the 2012-2022 Ten Year Plan this morning at the Council meeting held at the Thames Council Chamber.

The Audit New Zealand representative at today's meeting described the plan as a "damn good foundation" and a document the district should be proud of. The adopted plan effectively locks in the 2012/13 average rates decrease for the district of -5%.

The savings have come from 3 sources:

1. Operational savings from a budget review project initiated by then-incoming Chief Executive David Hammond

2. A conservative and fiscally prudent Ten Year Plan

3. Savings from the recent organisational restructure project

Mayor Glenn Leach said today that the adoption of the plan for the new Council was a significant milestone as cost reduction was a major focus and objective of the new Council as part of its mission and vision.

"While we've been able to reduce the average rate, we're not pulling back on our priority projects either, there's still a heap of good spending in the plan to build critical infrastructure and community facilities and to support economic development".

"We've achieved so much in just 18 months. The majority of our objectives have been reached now, including rate reductions to bring down the cost to our communities, empowering Community Boards and creating an organisational structure that creates more accountability and responsibility".

"The only thing left from our original objectives is the review of the District Plan which is underway now and a year or two off from being notified, but will help us achieve our goal of streamlining the consenting process" said Mayor Leach.

"It's really time now to sit down with the team, both staff and elected members and map out a new series of objectives for the last half of the term".

"I want to thank staff and all District Councillors and Community Boards for their hard work in getting this Ten Year Plan over the line".

Catch up with the highlights from the Ten Year Plan here.

Read the 2012 Ten Year Plan here.

Find out about the TYP highlights for your Community Board area

To make it easier for you, we've created a highlights package for each Community Board area (Ward).

You can find out about average rate movements and projects in your Ward by clicking here.

There's a project coming to a town near you

The 2012 Ten Year Plan is full of projects to build a StrongerCoromandel.

Find out about projects in your area here.

2009 vs 2012

We've created a few graphs to show you the difference in debt and rates between the 2009 and 2012 Ten Year Plan.

The Ten Year Plan and Community Governance

A priority of the Council is to ensure greater engagement of local communities in decision making. In April 2012 a Community Empowerment framework was adopted by the Council, and over the course of the next year we will be making some changes to align the organisation better to that framework.

At the core of this framework is greater decision making at the local level. Practically, this means that the Community Boards will make governance decisions relating to the following local activities:

  • Harbour Facilities
  • Parks and Reserves
  • Halls
  • Libraries
  • Airfields
  • Swimming Polls
  • Public Conveniences
  • Cemeteries
  • Local Transportation
  • Strategic Planning (Local)
  • Economic Development (Local)
  • Social Development (Local)
  • Community Health and Safety (Local)