Big decisions demand bravery from councillors
The fresh faces representing Wanaka on the QLDC are about to find out what it feels like to be a New Zealand Rugby League selector. Faced with the decision of whether to include ‘‘Money’’ Bill Williams in their world cup squad after the team had already been announced, the selectors were dammed if they did and dammed if they didn’t. Callum McLeod and Ella Lawton are about to find out that they will always have detractors whichever way they vote on big decisions over the next three years. We can only hope that they weigh up all the information and make the decision they truly believe is the best for the majority of ratepayers and not one based on an ideological or political bent – we already have enough of that in our national politics. Ousted councillors Leigh Overton and Jude Battson have paid the price for making some tough decisions over the past few years. Some of those were not popular and that’s cost them their council seats. Politics can cruel, even at local government level. You put in the hard yards and sometimes have to make unpopular decisions which in the end cost you your job. I look forward to our brave new world with interest. ● Ed Taylor is general manager of Warbirds Over Wanaka and reckons Wanaka is the best place in the world to live.