Deputy mayor goes for top council job
After nine years as South Waikato deputy mayor Jenny Shattock has put her hand up for the council’s top job.
Shattock, who has been in council for six terms, said if she was elected mayor it will be of ‘‘direct benefit to ratepayers’’ due to her years of experience which she said was vital at a time when local government was facing significant challenges through the Government’s proposal to reform the Local Government Act.
‘‘At the moment the main priority does have to be the amendment act because I think it is amalgamation by stealth,’’ she said.
‘‘We need to have local solutions for local issues, they should not be being made by the Government. It is really important.
‘‘97 per cent of councils have banded together and put submissions in. I have already built relationships with many of them so having someone who can hit the ground running is really important and I will be able to do that job.’’
Shattock, who was born in Putaruru and grew up in Tokoroa, said she has literally had a lifelong passion for the community.
‘‘The South Waikato has been really good to me and my family
‘‘We need to have local solutions for local issues, they should not be being made by the Government.’’ Jenny Shattock
and I am able to give back so that is what I want to do,’’ she said.
’’I have been part of a leadership team which has made a lot happen over the last 12 years.
‘‘Under Neil’s leadership we set a platform of economic development, business support, and the attraction of new businesses and I want to continue that but I can say there will also be change.’’
Two main areas she wanted to focus on were completion of the pensioner housing project and the South Waikato’s ’’so called’’ declining population.
‘‘We are actually getting people moving down from Auckland and I want to free up some new residential sections because there is an opportunity for growth but housing stock is quite limited,’’ she said.
Establishing a high performance sport academy, more dog parks, continuation of the Urban Connector, removal of derelict houses, ultra fast broadband for Putaruru and Tirau were also on her list.
South Waikato deputy mayor Jenny Shattock is hoping to be elected mayor in the upcoming local body elections.