Deane puts hand up for mayor again

South Waikato News - - Your Place, Your Paper - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Re­quests from sup­port­ers to go for mayor again has prompted a pop­u­lar can­di­date to step for­ward in this year’s may­oral elec­tion.

Tracey Deane, who came sec­ond to Neil Sin­clair with 1956 votes to his 2807 at the last elec­tion, is keen to trans­late ideas into ac­tion this time around.

The level of need in the com­mu­nity has raised a con­cern with Deane who said more needed to be done.

‘‘As a coun­cil we need to make sure that we’re do­ing our part but there’s a whole lot more we can do with col­lab­o­ra­tion, us­ing our po­si­tions to get groups to­gether when we see an is­sue.’’

‘‘Ev­ery­one’s equal to me. Ev­ery­one’s im­por­tant, ev­ery­one’s in­cluded. Ev­ery­one has their prob­lems and we all need support and as a coun­cil we need to be do­ing our part. Coun­cil is meant to en­able peo­ple, not be a bar­rier.’’

Deane still ac­tively works be­hind the scenes sup­port­ing a range of com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives from Love Soup Toko­roa to the Start Ca­reers and Start Liv­ing Expo.

She worked as an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor for the South Waikato District Coun­cil in 2012 and saw the is­sues first hand.

She said it was an ‘‘awe­some role’’ but she couldn’t get any trac­tion on the po­ten­tial she saw.

‘‘There were no busi­ness peo­ple in coun­cil so when I was say­ing X,Y,Z, they couldn’t un­der­stand what I was say­ing. It was put in the too hard bas­ket.’’

Deane said it was dif­fi­cult to have her ideas pre­sented to coun­cil with a man­age­ment team that couldn’t un­der­stand eco­nom­ics.

‘‘With­out that thirty years of un­der­stand­ing busi­ness, the knowl­edge wasn’t there.

‘‘That’s why I want the may­oral role be­cause I can make sure the peo­ple are heard and that proper de­bate hap­pens in the Cham­ber. Let the peo­ple hear it.’’

Her busi­ness port­fo­lio spans over 30-years work­ing with busi­nesses and char­i­ties.

Un­der­stand­ing your com­mu­nity and hav­ing a world view to con­nect with peo­ple are qual­i­ties Deane said were im­por­tant to de­vel­op­ing the district’s eco­nomic suc­cess.

‘‘We need some­one who can drive the district.

‘‘The may­oral role is an ad­vo­cacy role. .The buck stops there. That’s how it’s meant to be.’’

Tracey Deane is step­ping up.

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