Enhancing relationships key focus
The Queenstown Lakes District, from Makarora to Glenorchy, Luggage to Kingston, is a great place in which to live and work but it needs to be guided, with a collaborative sense of purpose, to ensure it develops to its best potential, best for all of us, for now and for future generations. That’s my vision.
This district’s momentum for development has increased in recent years.The current District Plan review will set our direction. Fiscally responsible council management has seen a reduction in operational expenditure and produced an affordable 10 Year Plan. A new waste water treatment plant for Queenstown opens soon and the new Wanaka Recreation Centre is up and running, to be followed by a new pool complex. Waste water schemes are being developed for Glenorchy and Cardrona. Hawthorne Drive (Eastern Access Road) will be completed next year in conjunction with the new Kawarau River bridge. A Queenstown Transportation Strategy plans to improve traffic flows; ease commuter congestion with a park and ride service; create a transport hub for public transport; and improve parking in the city. The development of affordable worker accommodation is under consideration in Wanaka and Queenstown. Our airports are going from strength to strength and Ultra Fast Broadband is available in Queenstown and Wanaka and will be expanded further to meet demand.
Having served this district as an elected official for 12 years, and for the last six as Deputy Mayor, I have the knowledge and proven experience to provide the leadership to keep this momentum on track. There is frustration at the time it takes Council to get results, but decision making and spending public money in local government is bound by democracy, legislation, plans, consultation and bureaucracy. Together with an effective Council team, guiding the system to provide the most beneficial results for most in our communities is the goal.
A key focus for me, as Mayor, will be enhancing relationships, particularly with the business community, to harness the skills, innovation and motivation locals have to improve this district. My commitment to growing and diversifying the district’s economy, addressing the corresponding social implications, retaining the natural beauty of our environment, and improving the wellbeing for all residents relies heavily on effective partnerships.
This district has been my permanent home for the last 18 years. I am standing for Mayor because I believe in my vision; I believe I can lead this district to a better future, a successful future for all the communities which make this district the dynamic, vital place we proudly call home.
* Lyal Cocks is the current Queenstown Lakes District Council deputy mayor and is a candidate for the mayoralty this year.
Lyal Cocks has served the district as an elected official for 12 years.