Changes at coun­cil ta­ble

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - Deb­bie Jamieson Ed­i­tor

Out with the old and in with the new. Or so the say­ing goes. The peo­ple of Wanaka (or a lit­tle more than half of them) have spo­ken and elected some new faces to rep­re­sent them for the next three years. Calum MacLeod was a pop­u­lar choice polling miles ahead of any­one with a mas­sive 2398 votes. Even he ad­mits he only re­ally cam­paigned on a sin­gle is­sue but he has had some com­mu­nity board ex­pe­ri­ence so the move to coun­cil will not be to­tally alien ter­ri­tory. As a lec­turer in sus­tain­able prac­tice Ella Law­ton should be able to chew through the nec­es­sary pa­per work. Rachel Brown is step­ping up from the Hawea Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion to the Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board and if busi­ness­man Mike McRo­bie puts as much en­ergy into be­ing a coun­cil­lor as he has his cam­paign, then he will be in ef­fec­tive politi­cian. Add the ex­pe­ri­ence of Lyal Cocks, Bryan Lloyd and Mike O’Con­nor and the com­mu­nity should be in good hands. How­ever, this group will be not be re­mem­bered by their in­di­vid­ual ac­tions. To achieve im­prove­ments and suc­cesses for Wanaka this group will need to fol­low the ad­vice of for­mer coun­cil­lor Leigh Over­ton – in­glo­ri­ously dropped on the weekend af­ter a to­tal five terms – to work to­gether. Within this group there will be dif­fer­ences in ap­proach and opin­ion. For the sake of the com­mu­nity they will need to be big­ger than the sum of their per­son­al­i­ties. They will need to be a team. As the Mir­ror went to print yes­ter­day Mayor Vanessa van Uden had not pub­licly an­nounced a de­ci­sion on who she wished to be her deputy mayor.

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