Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS -

I look around this re­gion and I see busi­nesses grow­ing, tourist num­bers in­creas­ing and farm­ers do­ing well and I want that to con­tinue.

That’s why I’m ask­ing for your sup­port this elec­tion.

My vi­sion is to con­tinue to work hard for the peo­ple of this area as we build a stronger econ­omy.

I want to see our young peo­ple ex­celling in bright, mod­ern learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments, with the Gov­ern­ment pro­vid­ing $19 mil­lion for a new pri­mary school in Wanaka and more class­rooms at Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege, Cromwell and Gold­fields Pri­mary Schools.

I want fam­i­lies to be able to find a home and en­joy life in Cen­tral Otago, with spe­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion sup­ple­ment in­creases of around $100 a week, in Cromwell and Wanaka, boost­ing peo­ple’s in­comes next year.

I want to see ac­cess to ru­ral health ser­vices im­proved, with a new School of Ru­ral Medicine set to pro­duce more doc­tors for this area and Dunedin’s brand new hospi­tal giv­ing Cen­tral Otago peo­ple ac­cess to ser­vices like emer­gency, can­cer, neona­tal and car­diac care.

I want to see moth­ers taken care of with ex­cel­lent, local ma­ter­nity ser­vices and the paid parental leave ex­ten­sion to 22 weeks.

I want to en­sure that we pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment, with Na­tional’s tough new free­dom camp­ing rules and in­stant fines tar­get­ing bad be­hav­iour, our $375,000 in­vest­ment in Lake Wanaka to pro­tect water qual­ity and ad­di­tional bud­get fund­ing for local con­ser­va­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

I want tourism to grow sus­tain­ably, with in­creased vis­i­tors boost­ing eco­nomic growth thanks to $13 mil­lion from the Gov­ern­ment to link Cen­tral Otago’s trail net­work and $3 mil­lion for the Audi Qu­at­tro Win­ter Games.

I want to see more Gov­ern­ment

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