Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment promised

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - TIM CADO­GAN

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

Prac­tic­ing Cer­tifi­cate.

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.

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Cen­tral Otago lawyer Tim Cado­gan is stand­ing for mayor.

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