I have been supporting the community for most of the 31 years my wife and I have lived in Queenstown. The last six as a councillor.
I currently sit on the infrastructure committee, community services committee, The Heritage Trust and as an observer for Queenstown Lakes District Council on the Wakatipu Junior Golf Club Trust. I look after the smaller communities of Glenorchy and Arthurs Point. Outside of council I am chairman of the Bruce Grant Youth Trust.
In June, council started the roll out of approximately 40 projects, big and small. It’s a critical time for the district. All part of the planning and delivery that council have under taken to help move us forward. A level of continuity around the table is crucial in the next three-year term.
Vision 2050, a document based on your values, will play a big part in our future, but let’s not forget those who live here now! The health and wellbeing of our residents and community amenity are the big drivers for me, and help to shape my decisions.
Two of the most important things you have as a councillor are your ears for listening and your vote. I don’t seek the headlines around the table, but I do my work, especially out amongst our communities listening, helping. That way, my thought process on any issue is structured and informed.
As a councillor for the district, I make regular trips to Wanaka, and am a strong campaigner for our smaller communities. My drive to see more done for them will remain if re-elected.
For me it started six years ago, and this current council has been committed and engaged. We have four excellent councillors and chairs of committees not seeking re-election, and while that is a lot to lose, it opens up opportunity for fresh eyes to have a say. That is where continuity must play a part. The pressure moves to you, the voter, you must decide the mix of the next council. A council that can work together for you, to move forward not take down, to not throw sand in the eyes or mud on the floor. The hard work must continue in many areas. I seek the honour of representing you, the people, for another three years.