Look-around of benefit to councillors
New and returning Southland District councillors had the chance to connect with key issues facing the province during a three day tour last week. Council communications officer Louise Pagan said the tour was a perfect opportunity for the councillors and new mayor to get to know each other. ‘‘With 11 councillors, the new Mayor and some staff all travelling together, they used this time on the bus to discuss the issues and get to know each other,’’ she said. It also gave them an opportunity to discuss issues that may come up during their time in office. ‘‘It has been a great chance for them to visit various relevant places such as Northern Southland College, Waikaia’s gold mine, King’s Bend, Porpoise Bay and REAP.’’ Other places on the itinerary included Takitimu Coal Mine at Nightcaps, Alliance Freezing Works, New Zealand Police, Riverton’s water scheme and OrakaAparima marae at Colac Bay. Councillor John Douglas said the trip was also used to orientate new councillors and give stakeholders the chance to provide candid feedback on how the council was performing. Most comments had been favourable, he said.
Touring trail: Southland District Councillors surveying the scene of more progress on the Round the Mountain cycle trail at Lumsden’s Oreti River bridge last week.