Sinclair ready for more
The South Waikato News continues its series on the district’s mayoral candidates. This week editor Mathew Grocott talks to Neil Sinclair about why he is running again
Providing a future for his grandchildren is what drives South Waikato District mayoral candidate Neil Sinclair.
Mr Sinclair is seeking a third term in office in this year’s local body elections.
The former dentist from Putaruru said he wants to help the South Waikato grow to create opportunities for the area’s youth.
Mr Sinclair said the council was the biggest business in the district and as such a mayor needed business experience.
‘‘I ran a successful practice for 40 years,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m willing to work particularly hard to create a good atmosphere for business to come into the district.’’
Mr Sinclair said if the industry opportunities he was already speaking with came into the district 250 new jobs could be created.
And while he helps negotiate new businesses coming to the district Mr Sinclair said he stays out of decisions on whether these operators can gain resource consents.
Mr Sinclair said the past three years had shown his ability to create ‘ ‘ robust, respectful’’ partnerships that helped the South Waikato.
Examples include SWDC working alongside Raukawa in the treaty settlement process and the council joining with Matamata-Piako and Hauraki District Councils to work on Environment Waikato’s regional policy statement.
This statement governs what can be done with resources in the district and Mr Sinclair said the opposition of the three councils had helped effect significant changes to the document.
And what about the next three years?
‘ ‘ The challenges for the future are our health services,’’ Mr Sinclair said.
When the Waikato District Health Board first proposed integrated family health centres Mr Sinclair said Tokoroa was not on the list of possible sites.
Through working with the DHB however, Tokoroa will now likely be the first town to get one of the centres.
Mr Sinclair said he was proud of the council’s trade training centre which has received national awards.
In the next three years he wanted also to grow tourism opportunities, particularly as the Waikato River Trails were completed.
NEIL SINCLAIR: Wants third term in the South Waikato mayor’s office.