Businesses meet to talk about the town’s growth
On Wednesday October 31 a large group of business owners and locals came to the Whangamata¯ Titoki Golf Club to hear golf club manager John Freer and Thames-coromandel District Council mayor Sandra Goudie speak.
Some of the subjectscovered included the sealing of Wentworth Valley Road and a link between Wentworth Valley and Maratoto Valley for walkers and cyclists.
The audience heard Whangamata¯ had around 3500 residents and 1000 absentee owners.
The area is growing, which is creating problems for stormwater and areas of expansion.
Housing for workers is also a problem, with many rentals now being sold to permanent residents and for holiday homes.
Stormwater and damage caused by flooding has also been a major cost to the council.
The Hauraki rail Trail is bringing more visitors to the area and means more of them are staying longer, Ms Goudie said.
TCDC supported Powerco and what they are trying to do to improve power supply to the town, Ms Goudie said.
The second power line is an ongoing issue, however the battery is being worked on, she said.
She said TCDC has a robust infrastructure and is lobbying NZTA regarding the roading around the peninsula.
Mr Freer spoke about thegolf tournaments they are hosting and how they are bringing in visitors who are spending money in the town.
The Ladies Masters tournament had around 130 women attending, and 70 per cent were from out of town. Membership of the club is growing and with two courses to choose from it is good value for membership, he said.
Green fee players are another good income source particularly over the summer holidays.
Both courses can be hired for functions.
John gave away two summer memberships, won by Jillian Jennings and Greg Mitchell.
BA5 thanked those who came and John and his team at the Golf Club for hosting the evening.
Thamescoromandel District Council mayor Sandra Goudie spoke at Enterprise Whangamata¯ BA5.