Jack Dowds

Manawatu Guardian - - IN BRIEF -

A num­ber of press­ing is­sues con­front HRC in­clud­ing re­gional de­vel­op­ment, Cap­i­tal Con­nec­tion, trans­port, flood pro­tec­tion and fresh­wa­ter man­age­ment. All are im­por­tant but if I have to pick one it would be fresh­wa­ter man­age­ment. This is a high pri­or­ity for the com­mu­nity, the Govern­ment and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly since the de­ba­cle with the Have­lock North wa­ter sup­ply contamination. It also im­pacts on the man­age­ment of land use due to the ef­fects of runoff from farm­ing op­er­a­tions. The HRC One Plan iden­ti­fies run-off as be­ing the big­gest sin­gle threat to wa­ter qual­ity in the re­gion. I have ex­pe­ri­ence of wa­ter qual­ity man­age­ment as chief ex­ec­u­tive of a dis­trict coun­cil and un­der­stand the im­por­tance of good prac­tice in this mat­ter. HRC must con­sider the con­flict­ing in­ter­ests of busi­nesses such as farm­ing and those who use the wa­ter for drink­ing and recre­ation. Fur­ther­more, there is in­creas­ing de­mand for wa­ter in an en­vi­ron­ment that has to con­front the im­pact of cli­mate change.

This elec­tion is for the Palmerston North con­stituency and, if elected, I would have a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in how the HRC pro­vides for Palmerston North. How­ever, HRC is re­spon­si­ble for a huge area and each coun­cil­lor has a re­spon­si­bil­ity for the en­tire re­gion.

Each area has its own in­ter­ests and con­cerns and I would be part of the team that con­trib­utes to­wards pro­vid­ing vi­able so­lu­tions that work for all. Re­gard­less of whether we live in the Manawatu¯ , Whanganui, Tararua, Ruapehu or any other part of the re­gion, prob­lems such as fresh wa­ter man­age­ment have sim­i­lar­i­ties. As an ac­coun­tant I would al­ways be con­scious of the im­pact of coun­cil’s ac­tiv­i­ties on rates. I am not part of the in­ner sanc­tum at present and the press­ing is­sues will be shown when I get there.

I’ll fo­cus on the Palmerston North seat, work­ing with the three Palmerston North seat coun­cil­lors, and we will be work­ing with coun­cil­lors in­clud­ing the two coun­cil­lors al­lo­cated for the Manawatu¯ .

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