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Hauraki-Coromandel Post - 2021-06-10

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Tsunami siren meeting

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The importance that invidividual Coromandel communities place on tsunami sirens is the focus of a meeting on June 12 in Whitianga. The meeting will be facilitated by the Whitianga Residents and Ratepayers Association and the Tsunami Siren Silenced Action Group, formed in response to Thames-coromandel District Council’s decision not to proceed with upgrades to its siren warning network. “Experts agree that we are vulnerable to tsunami, says Linda Cholmondeley-smith from the action group. “A tsunami on the east coast of the North island could result in just minutes of notice to vulnerable areas, like the Coromandel. “Despite a petition with over 3000 signatures asking TCDC to reconsider replacing the old sirens, the council instead has confirmed the removal of these vital alert systems and no funding in the LTP. If this concerns your community, then come to a public meeting on Saturday, June 12, 2pm at the Whitianga Town Hall. Cholmondeley-smith says the organisers want to let residents know the TCDC decision from June 2 that ‘council has concluded deliberations and there has been no change to the decision to disconnect the tsunami paging system and no additional budget included in the 2021/2031 LTP for upgrading/ constructing new, compliant sirens.” “We would like for those representing different communities in the Coromandel to let those present at the meeting know if they want to proceed with purchasing sirens for their respective communities.”

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