Frankton Community Association chairman Glyn Lewers is seeking a council seat.
Lewers today announced he was planning to stand for the Wakatipu ward in this year’s council elections.
The Frankton engineer says he’s concerned about development, and what he considers ”the current infrastructure deficit”.
”To council’s credit the plans are in place, my focus would be ensuring the sustained delivery of that plan and to ensure environmental protection as building that infrastructure continues,” he says.
Lewers started his professional life as a surveyor after graduating from Otago University. He spent ten years in the mine and marine infrastructure industry in Australia, and also completed a Civil Engineering degree while across the Tasman.
“Living in some of the fastest growing towns in Australia, due to the mining and gas booms, I now see similarities in Queenstown, with growth outpacing infrastructure development, housing shortages, and the associated social dislocation.”
Lewers has been chair of the Frankton Community Association (FCA) for the past three years; he is also a member of the board of Destination Queenstown (DQ) and is an Engineering New Zealand ambassador, involved with ”aiding teachers of primary school children in teaching the wonders of science and technology”.
He’s also been coach with the Wakatipu Junior Rugby Club for the last five years.
“Through my work with the FCA, I have participated in various workshops in developing plans for the Queenstown area. I have been involved with the Queenstown to Frankton transport business case, the Grants Road to Kawarau Falls study, the Frankton Master Plan work as well as the water ferry business case.
“This work over the last three years has allowed me to appreciate the focus needed to bring these plans to effective implementation.”
Council nominations close on Friday.