ORC elec­tion dis­ap­pear­ing off the radar

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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.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val Se­nior Queen run­ner-up Mau­reen Davies and win­ner El­iz­a­beth Dug­gan.

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