Community engagement promised
I am campaigning on the theme of ‘‘time for change’’. So what are the changes I am advocating?
Greater community engagement, not just by mayor but by all elected members is a fundamental change I will drive. I have spent a lot of time recently at ‘‘Coffee and a Chat’’ meetings throughout central, and have been told constantly that it is great to see someone coming out and being available to the public.
A few cynics have said that this won’t continue if I am elected, but I pledge that it will. As mayor, a priority will be being out in public, meeting and listening to people right throughout central.
I see the mayor as the main link between the bureaucracy of council and the voices of the community and business. It is only through active, constant engagement with businesses and the community that I can achieve my pledge to be a leader of the community, not just the leader of council.
I am very concerned that there is a disconnect between council and the community; that council is too often perceived as being a problem, not a resource.
I am concerned by the low numbers of people seeking to be heard in some submission hearings and the low number of people putting their hands up in this election.
Three of four council wards already being decided without an election is not a sign of a healthy democracy; rather it is to me a sign of disengagement.
As a full time mayor; I will have time to do the job effectively. Presently, I run my own law practice, I am dispute tribunal referee for Inland Otago and I am a Central Lakes trustee. All of these roles have given me experience on top of the five years I have spent in local government.
If elected, I will withdraw from the up-coming CLT election, resign as tribunal referee and pull back on all but a maximum five hours a week in my practice, enough to maintain my
I hold another mantra central to my philosophy. Every town, village and farm in this area is a suburb of one place called Central Otago. We cannot progress unless we work together as a district to make the most of our strengths and assets.
Parochialism within Central Otago will not achieve that as effectively as working together will. If elected mayor, I will lead the council with a view to always work together as a whole, rather than for the pockets that have elected each councillor.
I will never be afraid to remind councillors the oath they swear at the start of term is to serve the whole district.
I will bring to the role a fresh set of experienced eyes; not set in a routine, but knowing how things work. I count that as an advantage to the role of mayor.
By leading with passion and compassion; I am excited by what we can achieve together.
Alexandra lawyer Tim Cadogan is a candidate for the Central Otago mayoralty.
Central Otago lawyer Tim Cadogan is standing for mayor.