Deputy mayor goes for top coun­cil job

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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.

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