Working together is the priority
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.