Look-around of ben­e­fit to coun­cil­lors

Newslink - - NEWS - By JENNY CAMP­BELL

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.

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