Side­line view spurs ac­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

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.

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