Sideline view spurs action
Springvale family man Gary Kelliher has spent the past seven months assessing local body politics from a different angle – the sideline. And he is concerned.
He is concerned to the extent that he is putting himself through a second election campaign for a seat on the Otago Regional Council.
‘‘With not having been on council since October, I have been keeping a close watch on what has been going on since then and I can certainly see the need to be there. I have never shied away from challenging the council. I believe I can speak strongly for the Dunstan constituency. In my previous term as councillor it astounded me how ignored the Dunstan area was and I think the regional council could engage with this community far better than it does.’’
Kelliher was eager to engage with the community and would hold ‘‘coffee and chat’’ sessions throughout the region during his campaign and during his term if elected, he said.
‘‘I would imagine there are concerns around lagarosiphon and lake snow in our lakes, and especially halting any spread of these into Lake Wakatipu. Water quality and quantity, wilding pines are all issues that I have regularly discussed with people and can offer an experienced opinion on.’’
The first coffee and chat will be at Urban Grind in Wanaka, on May 20 from 8am to 10am.