Glover joins election hopefuls

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Changing the lot of everyday residents is the main platform of new Queenstown council candidate John Glover.

Glover, 52, owns, operates and resides at Kinloch Lodge, at the head of Lake Wakatipu, with wife Toni.

Glover says he wants to examine the district plan and consenting process to help reduce land and building costs.

Another priority is identifying park and ride areas on the outskirts of Queenstown to reduce CBD vehicle congestion.

Other ideas are promoting elderly accommodation and reducing the cost of water supply and waste treatment for rural communities.

Glover says he can relate to issues affecting residents as well as businesses and visitors – he and Toni, whose three children attend Glenorchy School, have run Kinloch Lodge since 2000.

“A fair number of tourists, a significant number of whom are Kiwis, surprisingly hurry through Queenstown as fast as possible – they perceive the town as almost distasteful or threateningly brash.

“Council needs to address this perception with these people and help identify and publicise relaxed, free or low-cost environmental experiences that are available in and around the town.”

Glover – who previously had 15 years in the public service – says he decided to stand following his involvement with all manner of local council processes, both as an individual and on behalf of the Glenorchy Community Association.

Glover is the sixth new Wakatipu candidate to announce they’re standing for October’s elections – the others are Craig ‘Ferg’ Ferguson, Alexa Forbes, Fiona McArthur, Warwick Stalker and Nicola Vryenhoek.

Meanwhile, two-term Queenstown councillor Cath Gilmour confirms she’s standing again.

The chair of council’s community services committee, she led the $3.1 million Queenstown Memorial Hall upgrade project during her current term.

“I have enjoyed representing our community and have a huge passion for this amazing place my family calls home,” Gilmour says.

“I feel I still have the skills, drive and commitment to strongly contribute around the council table.”