Big de­ci­sions de­mand brav­ery from coun­cil­lors

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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