Work­ing to­gether is the pri­or­ity

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - TIM CADO­GAN

I feel truly priv­i­leged to be writ­ing this col­umn as mayor of our great district.

The sup­port I have re­ceived since the elec­tion has been in­cred­i­ble and I feel a strong sense of duty to work hard to earn the trust that has been placed in me.

I am writ­ing this al­most a month since the elec­tion and what a month it has been. Un­like most ca­reer changes, be­ing elected does not al­low for a pe­riod of giv­ing no­tice and a smooth tran­si­tion from one role to an­other. Life has been very hec­tic while the ca­reer of the pre­vi­ous 11 years is all but closed down and the role of mayor is taken up.

I have been very for­tu­nate to have gained the im­me­di­ate sup­port of the coun­cil­lors and im­por­tantly my deputy, Neil Gille­spie. I am grate­ful to them all for com­ing to­gether as a new team so pro­fes­sion­ally and quickly.

The com­mu­nity and the coun­cil work­ing to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of all is one of my main am­bi­tions. That starts with com­mu­ni­ca­tion. As part of that, I have in­tro­duced ‘‘Coun­cil­lor Con­nec­tion’’ prior to ev­ery coun­cil meet­ing.

The pur­pose of ‘‘Coun­cil­lor Con­nec­tion’’ is for in­di­vid­u­als or groups in Cen­tral Otago to get to speak to the coun­cil about any topic they wish, with a max­i­mum of 10 min­utes each. You may have a great idea, a press­ing con­cern, a ques­tion you al­ways wanted the an­swer to; the scope is wide open. Our role will be to lis­ten, and my role will be to re­spond to you in writ­ing within 10 days.

If you want to know more about ‘‘Coun­cil­lor Con­nec­tion’’ and book your spot, see the form on coun­cil’s web­site or avail­able at coun­cil of­fices and ser­vice cen­tres. Al­ter­nately phone (03) 440 0690 and talk to Jackie.

I am also look­ing for­ward to meet­ing you at my ‘‘Cof­fee and a Chat’’ meet­ings through­out Cen­tral Otago. The de­tails of these are on the CODC web­site. There is no need to have a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem or topic to dis­cuss; just come and say hi.

The district has strong busi­ness groups and I have been able to at­tend meet­ings with the Otago Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Man­iototo, Cromwell and Alexan­dra-Clyde busi­ness groups. I am look­ing for­ward to break­fast with the Te­viot Val­ley group this week. My pur­pose is to be able to lis­ten to these groups and get to know their mem­bers, then act as li­ai­son so that the busi­nesses through­out the district and coun­cil are con­nected and com­mu­ni­cat­ing.

A high­light has been judg­ing the Alexan­dra Pri­mary School speech com­pe­ti­tion. It was up­lift­ing to see the kids stand up and speak their minds with great pas­sion and, on oc­ca­sions, great hu­mour. The chil­dren were a credit to them­selves, their teach­ers and their fam­i­lies and it was hard to have to choose a win­ner. What a for­tu­nate man I am to get to see our fu­ture and to play a role in it.

❚ Tim Cado­gan is the mayor of Cen­tral Otago

Cen­tral Otago mayor Tim Cado­gan.

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