Mayor wants ‘can do’ council
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.
The new Queenstown Lakes District Council was sworn in at Lake Hayes last week.