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Alice Thru The Looking Glass?

Inside out, upside down, and basically incomprehensible; comparable perhaps to going down the rabbit hole with Alice…………. A fair description of TCDC’s proposed Esplanade Project? Absolutely fascinating how 12million+ of our hard-earned ratepayer dollars has been  applied to a project that was apparently identified in 2021-2031 LTP, now has a budget in 2024 but yet to be planned, modelled, publicly notified, and accepted.  How do you cost a project that has no plans? In TCDC newsletter, Friday 12 March 2024, it says “an initial focus group session was held with the project’s advisory group...

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CAUSTIC OUTBURST

While on occasion offering sensible commentary on local governance issues, Dal Minogue thoroughly embarrassed himself (and The Informer) with his vicious remarks personally attacking long-time local environmental advocate John Veysey (The Informer April 9). Minogue’s nasty, juvenile, and defamatory “poem” wreaks of ill will and resentment, not to mention an apparent inability to engage civilly with those he is in disagreement.  No wonder Minogue was rejected by Coromandel voters in 2019 and bounced out of Waikato Regional Council after only one term. John Veysey has worked tirelessly to highlight...

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OBJECTING RE LOCATION OF BOATING CLUB

There’s got to be a way to effectively object to the consent request by DOC in last weeks issue on page 31. I feel like getting together an Objector’s Petition. This is about the relocation of the Mercury Bay Boating Clubhouse from its current site to being adjacent to the Dundas Street Boat Ramp parking area. There is no plan of what is envisaged – how will this work? What is a pictorial presentation of the plan for what DOC is requesting a resource consent?  There is a lack of parking and public use with this proposal, no space for the cars and trailers of our fishermen and women. ...

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Roadworks

Just a few days ago, I received a notice informing me that the next day the council in its wisdom has decided to chip seal our road. For a council that cries poor in the justification for substantial rate rises, it seems to be a complete and utter waste of money. Our particular road is a cul de sac. Less than 50% of the houses are permanent residents. If anyone can find a potential pothole, a dip, a dent, an erosion, some superficial damage or even any sign of usual wear or tear, please forward some photographic evidence. There is a reward involved.  This road is pristine. The traffic volume...

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DUNDUS STREET BOAT RAMP

To all users of the Dundas Street boat ramp, remember that when the Marina was built, it was required to build a boat ramp and parking for the community free of any charge to use. When it is busy, there is no room to park all the vehicles and trailers on the existing site and you have been using Dundas Street and Albert Street for overflow. This is about to get worse if the following is about to happen. DOC (dept of conservation) is putting in a Resource consent to relocate the Mercury Bay Boating Club building right next to the boat ramp. This at the moment is a non-complying activity and...

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Esplanade not our pet project or brainchild.

We are writing in response to Ady Cole-Ewen’s article, Esplanade – Tsunami Sirens, published 9 April 2024. The author writes “It is reported that the Esplanade’s “nice-to-have” upgrade is the brainchild and pet project of Councillors, Deli Connell and Rekha Giri Percival…” For the record this project is not new, not our brainchild and not a pet project. It was in TCDC’s 2021-2031 LTP, before either of us were TCDC Councillors. Direct from the 2021-2031 LTP document, “The project will address health and safety and overuse conditions of the esplanade and provide amenity and recreational value...

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MORE POETRY FROM JOHN (received before dal minogue’s sent in his poetic response)

Who’s crying? Who’s given up on the fray and who’s been brought down and who’s making nonsense of the world today? Lies been raining down upon us. Life’s value has took a dive. But for those of you who see a dismal future, just remember you’re still alive. You’re still alive, you’re still alive; if you were not still alive, you could not be crying. Why aren’t YOU crying? What can’t you cry? Oh, I see, you cried a river and the river run dry. Who’s still crying? Who gave up just today? And who realises you can’t run away? No, you can’t run away, no you can’t run away and you can’t run...

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More disinformation

The guest editorial (Through the Portal) on EVs by Trevor Ammundsen is full of misinformation. EVs in New Zealand are not fossil fuel-powered. About 85% of our electricity is generated without any use of fossil fuels, and with several significant solar farms and further wind farms coming online, that percentage is going to rise. New Zealand still has significant untapped fossil fuel-free electricity generation potential, which will be realised in turn. Mr Ammundsen seems to think that EVs don’t pay for the electricity they use to charge. I wonder why he does not study at least a little of...

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