Con­sider serv­ing your com­mu­nity

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - MAYOR NEIL SIN­CLAIR

Af­ter 12 years as Mayor of the South Waikato District I am not seek­ing re-elec­tion.

It has been an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to serve firstly as Coun­cil­lor and then Mayor of such a great District.

I have been for­tu­nate to have served and learnt un­der three fan­tas­tic May­ors: Wally Grey, Jim How­land and Gor­don Blake.

All are men who had served our com­mu­nity with dis­tinc­tion and I have worked with some ded­i­cated Coun­cil­lors.

Nom­i­na­tions for the forth­com­ing elec­tions open on Fri­day 15 July and close on Fri­day 12 Au­gust.

I be­lieve that serv­ing ei­ther as a Coun­cil­lor or Mayor is the pin­na­cle of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The work is de­mand­ing, some­times frus­trat­ing, cer­tainly time con­sum­ing and its poorly re­mu­ner­ated

But if you wish to make a dif­fer­ence to what hap­pens in our District to­mor­row and in ten years’ time then I urge you to give it se­ri­ous thought.

Be­ing an elected mem­ber is truly a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Go­ing on to Coun­cil means that you can – and will – make a dif­fer­ence to the shape of the South Waikato in the fu­ture.

Many chal­lenges face the in­com­ing Coun­cil.

All the sta­tis­tics show we can ex­pect a de­cline in pop­u­la­tion and have an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Em­ploy­ment is an on­go­ing con­cern for our young peo­ple and as good as our Trade Train­ing Cen­tre is, there is the op­por­tu­nity for more ideas.

Re­cently in Wellington I spoke on what is hap­pen­ing here in the South Waikato – peo­ple were sim­ply amazed at the ini­tia­tives and wins from our ru­ral District.

I em­pha­sised that the strength of our District is the com­mit­ment of peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who get things done, we have an amaz­ing num­ber of vol­un­teers in so many groups.

So if you have been in­volved in com­mu­nity groups, if you have had the chance to be a com­mu­nity leader in one of our com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, maybe it is time for you to take the next step and join your new Mayor and serve on Coun­cil.

Be pre­pared to read and com­pre­hend com­plex fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal re­ports; un­der­stand the mul­ti­ple leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments that Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment im­poses on lo­cal Coun­cils; de­bate the is­sues around the Coun­cil ta­ble; come to grips with what our Coun­cil has to do to fol­low the re­quire­ments of Gov­ern­ment Au­dit and a mul­ti­tude of other re­quire­ments.

If you can do all that and still re­main sane and keep your sense of hu­mour, you will have the sat­is­fac­tion that you have made a solid con­tri­bu­tion to the fu­ture of our District.

I as­sure you that it will give you a warm glow.

And fi­nally hav­ing a thick skin – know­ing you will never please all the peo­ple all the time – will help.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair

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