Vot­ers sup­port new CLT gov­er­nance struc­ture

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

‘‘We're all happy with the re­sults....we were all a bit ner­vous about the ref­er­en­dum ques­tions.’’

Five fa­mil­iar faces are re­turn­ing as trus­tees of the Cen­tral Lakes Trust, with one new face join­ing the team.

Cath Gil­mour, Alex Huf­fa­dine, Ber­nice Lep­per, Mal­colm Macpher­son and Greg Wilkin­son have been re-elected as trus­tees, as well as Tony Hill.

Cen­tral Lakes Trust re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Dale Of­soske said the fi­nal voter turnout was 26.2 per cent, com­pared with a turnout of 23.3 per cent in the 2013 elec­tion.

In ad­di­tion, 5697 vot­ers agreed with pro­posed changes to the gov­er­nance struc­ture. There were 2697 votes against the change. There were 7062 votes in favour of pro­posed changes amend­ing the an­nual re­port­ing and an­nual pub­lic meet­ing dead­lines.

Chair­man Dr Mal­colm Macpher­son said the ref­er­en­dum out­comes showed there was com­mu­nity sup­port for the pro­posed changes.

Mixed-model gov­er­nance, with con­ti­nu­ity across the three-year elec­toral cy­cle, and the right ex­per­tise around the ta­ble, was the way of the fu­ture for trusts like CLT.

‘‘We’re all happy with re­sults...

‘‘We were all a bit ner­vous about the ref­er­en­dum ques­tions...

‘‘This was a vote of con­fi­dence in the stew­ard­ship of the trus­tees, and the great work of our staff.’’

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