Lobby formed

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

Three Otago re­gional coun­cil­lors have formed a ‘‘Dun­stan Lobby’’ to ‘‘com­bine ef­fec­tive ac­tion’’ for their con­stituents.

Newly elected coun­cil­lors Dr Mag­gie Law­ton, of Wanaka, Michael Laws, of Cromwell and sec­ond-term coun­cil­lor Graeme Bell, of Alexan­dra have formed the lobby.

Laws said there would be many spe­cific is­sues – from lagorosiphon to rab­bits, from lake snow to min­ing/wa­ter rights – that were spe­cific to the Queen­stown Lakes and Cen­tral Otago dis­tricts.

‘‘It’s my po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence that joint ac­tion is more ef­fec­tive than in­di­vid­ual ac­tion, and that there are is­sues which are re­ally go­ing to re­quire some real grunt over the next three years.’’

Law­ton said es­tab­lish­ing good, two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tions was es­sen­tial. ‘‘We have to know what the com­mu­nity is think­ing. Lis­ten­ing is of­ten more im­por­tant than talk­ing.’’

Bell said that although the best in­ter­ests of the en­tire Otago re­gion were their col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity, ‘‘there are al­ways go­ing to be is­sues that af­fect Dun­stan con­stituents more. Trans­lat­ing those views to Dunedin is vi­tally im­por­tant.’’

ORC chair­man Stephen Wood­head said coun­cil­lors did not rep­re­sent in­di­vid­ual con­stituen­cies, they were elected to the re­gional coun­cil to gov­ern the Otago Re­gional Coun­cil.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Univer­sity of Otago fresh­wa­ter sci­en­tist Dr Marc Schal­len­berg.

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