Friday, 07 August 2020

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TCDC appoints Business Broker

TCDC appoints Business Broker

Thames Coromandel District Council now has a single-point of contact to help big business and development projects navigate through the different Council departments they need to deal with.

Len Whittaker, a civil engineer who has been working in local government for 30 years and with TCDC for nine years, is now Council’s Business Broker.

TCDC says Len is available to business people to offer a strategic, high-level, all-of-Council experience to make sure qualifying projects follow a clear pathway through the bureaucracy. The paperwork is necessary, but not always easy or fun.

Large subdivision projects and business development initiatives often require input from staff in Planning, Legal, Health, Licences, Concessions, Building Consents and Infrastructure services.

TCDC says they want to make sure people who are investing in Coromandel communities receive everything they need from Council in order to drive their projects forward.

This will help retain and grow economic activity - creating jobs and opportunities for the people of the Coromandel.

Mr Whittaker is available for "pre-concept" meetings to discuss projects before they are lodged with Council to make sure everyone's on the same page.

Mr Whittaker obtained his New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE) qualification in 1984, specialising in civil engineering.
Since then, he's worked in roading, water supply, wastewater supply, stormwater supply and solid waste - all aspects that are crucial to subdivision development, which has been Mr Whittaker's focus for the last 18 years.

This work has involved him in engineering surveys, design, consents, construction supervision and project management.

He's worked on Whitianga Waterways, Pauanui Waterways, Matarangi Beach Estates subdivisions, Totara Palms, the new Kopu Bridge and the Kopu Structure Plan - which takes in the current redevelopment of the Kopu Business Park - just to name a few of  the many projects he's been involved in.

Most recently, Mr Whittaker has been TCDC’s Acting Area Manager for Mercury Bay, taking Sam Marshall's place for eight months while he was on extended leave.

In that role he developed good links with Council’s elected members and senior management.

"I know the go-to people and have good rapport with them," says Mr Whittaker.

"I can help build relationships and partnerships between developers and Council offices and departments.”

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