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

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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.

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