Out­doors life a bonus

Stratford Press - - News - By ALYSSA SMITH stu­dent re­porter

The out­doors life on of­fer in Taranaki was a temp­ta­tion too good not to take up, says Peter Boyd, the new com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer at Strat­ford District Coun­cil.

Peter moved to the re­gion last month to take up the role, which in­cludes over­see­ing the Youth Coun­cil and the Pos­i­tive Age­ing group as well as be­ing in­volved in a range of coun­cil fa­cil­i­tated events. As part of the com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment team, Peter is also in­volved in shap­ing the di­rec­tion of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment through­out the district.

Since start­ing in his role, Peter says he has been en­joy­ing get­ting to know the com­mu­nity he is now part of.

“I love learn­ing about the Strat­ford Com­mu­nity and the di­ver­sity of the role I have.”

Peter grew up on a sheep and Beef farm in Dar­gav­ille and was in­volved in a lot of com­mu­nity driven projects in Dar­gav­ille.

Th­ese in­cluded lead­er­ship po­si­tions for Dar­gav­ille Busi­ness Fo­rum Inc, Dar­gav­ille Arts As­so­ci­a­tion Inc and the Dar­gav­ille Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Board. Peter also ran the In­spir­ing Sto­ries Fu­ture Lead­ers pro­gramme in Whanga¯ rei for 2017 and 2018.

Peter’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence has also taken him over­seas, where he did some work in Tas­ma­nia, Aus­tralia.

Mov­ing to Strat­ford, says Peter, was an easy decision, thanks to its lo­ca­tion in the heart of Taranaki.

“I’m ex­cited to be liv­ing in Strat­ford and learn­ing about the com­mu­nity and its res­i­dents. The beau­ti­ful out­doors of Taranaki was a dou­ble draw­card.”

Peter Boyd has joined the Strat­ford District Coun­cil com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment team.

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