Mayor wants ‘can do’ coun­cil

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Newly elected Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult wants his new coun­cil to be re­mem­bered as a ’’can-do’’ coun­cil, he said as they were of­fi­cially sworn in.

In his first act he an­nounced Wanaka coun­cil­lor Calum MacLeod would be his deputy.

‘‘He is an ex­pe­ri­enced, re­spected rep­re­sen­ta­tive and takes a prag­matic ap­proach to find­ing so­lu­tions,’’ Boult said.

His de­ci­sion also re­flected the tra­di­tion of Queen­stown-based may­ors se­lect­ing a Wanaka-based deputy.

MacLeod, who is know for his colour­ful metaphors, later said work­ing with the mayor should be like a mar­riage.

‘‘Not that I’d want to get mar­ried to Jim...Like any merger it will have its highs and lows but the goal is get­ting there to­gether for the good of the fam­ily.’’

Boult said the coun­cil had big is­sues to ad­dress, in­clud­ing traf­fic and trans­port, hous­ing, de­velop- ing a vi­sion for the fu­ture, wa­ter qual­ity in lakes and get­ting a vis­i­tor levy to pay for it.

He would be dis­ap­pointed if ma­jor progress had not been made at the end of three years.

‘‘I’d like this coun­cil to be re­mem­bered as a can-do coun­cil, a coun­cil that...looks for ways to achieve the out­comes our res­i­dents want.’’

Boult also an­nounced a re­turn to the com­mit­tee struc­ture, which was dropped by pre­vi­ous mayor Vanessa van Uden.

DEB­BIE JAMIESON

The new Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil was sworn in at Lake Hayes last week.

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