Coun­cil’s re­silience man­ager is re­tir­ing


The Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil re­ceived ap­pli­ca­tions from four strong can­di­dates for the dis­trict re­silience man­ager’s role, which will be va­cant when in­cum­bent Paddy Driver retires in De­cem­ber.

“Paddy has done a phe­nom­e­nal job in our com­mu­nity and he’s do­ing a fan­tas­tic job of or­gan­is­ing the Woodville char­ter pa­rade for early De­cem­ber,” Tararua Dis­trict mayor, Tracey Col­lis, said.

The char­ter pa­rade by 1st Bat­tal­ion Royal New Zealand In­fantry Reg­i­ment will be the sec­ond in the dis­trict and will be part of the Woodville Christ­mas pa­rade on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Blair King said Driver de­served credit for ini­ti­at­ing the dig­i­tal ra­dio project in the dis­trict. While pri­mar­ily for civil de­fence, it will also be used for coun­cil’s day-to­day op­er­a­tions.

“The dig­i­tal net­work is a boon for staff safety,” King said. “At the mo­ment we are pay­ing for mul­ti­ple sys­tems, so to ra­tio­nalise is great.”

The ben­e­fits of dig­i­tal ra­dio in­clude au­to­matic ve­hi­cle track­ing, phone over ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions, emer­gency but­ton mon­i­tor­ing, use of teleme­try over ra­dio for re­mote sites and many other fea­tures.

The next phase is to iden­tify types, cost and quan­ti­ties of hard­ware needed for the net­work and Driver is cur­rently work­ing with the Downer com­mu­ni­ca­tions team on this.

Paddy Driver, the Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil’s re­silience man­ager, will re­tire in De­cem­ber.

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