Deputy Mayor will not change

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By JOHN EDENS

Wanaka coun­cil­lor Lyal Cocks will con­tinue to be Lakes Dis­trict deputy mayor, Mayor Vanessa van Uden has con­firmed ahead of the coun­cil’s first meet­ing. Mr Cocks has been deputy since 2010 but the high­est-polling Wanaka can­di­date was Calum MacLeod and the high­est-polling can­di­date for the coun­cil was Cath Gil­mour. Ms van Uden said she care­fully con­sid­ered the three can­di­dates who ex­pressed an in­ter­est in the role. "In a large dis­trict like ours, it’s im­por­tant to have a bal­ance of rep­re­sen­ta­tion be­tween the mayor and the deputy mayor, and Lyal Cocks rep­re­sents the Wanaka and Up­per Clutha com­mu­nity very well. "The role of deputy mayor also re­quires a dis­trictwide per­spec­tive and my ex­pe­ri­ence is that Lyal is able to take the wider view as well as ad­vo­cat­ing for his lo­cal con­stituency. "The work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the mayor and deputy is very im­por­tant and ex­pe­ri­ence plus un­der­stand­ing of lo­cal is­sues are also sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors." Mr Cocks, a coun­cil­lor since 2007 and past chair­man of Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board, said the main con­sid­er­a­tion was get­ting the new coun­cil up and run­ning. "That’s a key one right now. For Wanaka, we are well down the track of keep­ing the mo­men­tum go­ing for sports fa­cil­i­ties. "We also have a lot is­sues to sort out for in­fra­struc­ture for some of the smaller com­mu­ni­ties. We all have to work to­gether even though we may not al­ways agree on is­sues." Other con­sid­er­a­tions in­cluded the con­tin­u­ing dis­trict plan re­view and the de­bate around a Queen­stown con­ven­tion cen­tre, he said. The coun­cil holds its first meet­ing on Fri­day at the Lake Hayes pavil­ion at 5pm.

Photo: ANDYWOODS

Back in role: Lyal Cocks will con­tinue in his role as Queen­stown Lakes deputy mayor, de­spite not be­ing the high­est polling can­di­date in this year’s elec­tions.

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