‘I won’t make promises I can’t keep’
I’m Martin McPherson. I have lived in Central Otago for 23 years. You know me both as sitting councillor and as a promoter of this region.
I am probably best known for my work on the Alexandra Blossom Festival, an icon of Central Otago that is celebrating its diamond jubilee next month. Therefore, you would have to agree as a local council stalwart I have considerable experience in and around council and the wider community.
Central Otago is growing; we are seeing unprecedented development in all parts of the region.
As a leader of council I wish to celebrate our current success stories and look to the future to promote more growth and activity.
As a member of the planning committee I have worked on the revised district plan that I know will allow more land in the district to be opened for development.
With imagination and creativity, we can promote Central as an attractive home for people seeking a lifestyle change. My generation, born between 1946 and 1965, are seeking a place to live that offers the lifestyle, services and affordability that Central has on offer. Not retirement, but relocation and investment in their future and ours.
To maintain an affordable future, we need to attract more people to live here and share our space. Let’s talk to developers and landowners, let’s take advantage of new water schemes not only urban but the rural investment in irrigation to promote our region as a mecca for growth.
When elected I propose that by the New Year I will have addressed the following: I will organise a summit of property developers and landowners to explore further developments and how as council we can help; I will talk to Ngai Tahu regarding land around Alexandra and seek opportunities to develop joint ventures with the South Island’s biggest property investor; I will ask council to initiate a review of our current tourism and economic development strategies.
I want to see Central Otago better promoted as a lifestyle and investment choice for disgruntled city dwellers. The only way I know to keep rates down is to either cut services or increase the number of people paying for our pools, water schemes and waste.
I won’t make promises I can’t keep. I will always listen. My heart and soul is here. I believe by putting you, the people first and foremost we can go forward together. If you know me and then you know I get the job done and with a passion.
‘‘Martin really does care about people and working with them to enhance their lives where he can. He is the most approachable man I have ever met and the way he interacts with people is amazing.’’ My partner’s words not mine.
Martin McPherson is a candidate for the Central Otago mayoralty.
Martin McPherson has lived in Central Otago for 23 years.