By TRACEY ROXBURGH
The first new hand’s gone up to stand for Queenstown’s council.
Lisa Guy has announced her intention to stand for the new Arrowtown-Kawarau ward (previously just Arrowtown).
Guy says there’s ‘‘big change ahead’’ for local government, and there’s a need to be clear on council’s remit.
Her background’s in HR — after arriving in the Whakatipu in 1992, she started in an HR role at THC Queenstown and went on to be Australasia’s SPHC Hotels’ HR manager and later an HR advisor across New Zealand.
Having worked with local government and had experience with commercial entities across a range of industries, Guy says she’s determined to ‘‘protect and add value to Queenstown’s already $90 billion property space’’.
‘‘Queenstown is an evolving landscape; we need a forward-thinking council to navigate connectivity, public transport, Three Waters, land use — all deserving of serious consideration.
‘‘We’re a more diverse and challenging environment than some recognise, full of opportunity and risk.’’
Nominations officially open for this year’s local body elections on July 15.