ORC election disappearing off the radar
An Otago Regional Council candidate is concerned the regional council election is ‘‘disappearing off the radar’’.
Candidate Michael Laws, who lives in Cromwell, said there were issues ‘‘too big for candidates to ignore’’ and has organised public meetings for candidates.
‘‘I’m concerned the regional council election is disappearing off the radar. The regional issues – especially around water quality and availability - are as of such significance and importance that decisions made in the next three years will affect everybody for decades to come. It’s that important. We need to go to the people and find out their thoughts and their local issues. Not wait for some crisis – like lake pollution or the expiry of water rights – and then react. These meetings are a chance for candidates to listen to communities too.’’
Lake Hawea: September 21, noon, Community Centre; Cromwell:September 22, 7pm, Central Otago Polytech; Wanaka: September 25, 2pm, St Andrew’s Church Hall; Frankton:September 29, 7pm, St Margaret’s Church Hall; Alexandra: October 2, 2pm, Central Stories Museum.
Alexandra Blossom Festival Senior Queen runner-up Maureen Davies and winner Elizabeth Duggan.