Busi­nesses meet to talk about the town’s growth

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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.

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Thamescoro­man­del Dis­trict Coun­cil mayor San­dra Goudie spoke at En­ter­prise Whanga­mata¯ BA5.

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