CARTERTON: MAYOR HAPPY WITH PROGRESS
WHAT DID MAYOR JOHN BOOTH CAMPAIGN ON?
Booth was extremely popular after his first half-termas mayor after he took over from former mayor Ron Mark who became an MP. Booth did not really need to actively campaign besides just getting out in his mayoral duties and seeing the people in the town and the district due to his popularity. The only challenger, Mike Osborne, was operating on the single issue of opposing the amalgamation of the three district councils and admitted during his campaign that he would not win the mayoralty. John Booth got 2470 votes to Mike Osborne’s 442.
WHAT CAN HE AND THE COUNCIL TICK ‘ACHIEVED’?
Booth believed the council had had a good year with several achievements of note. The council was able to get stage one of the three-year $7 million wastewater treatment facility under way. They increased the number of building consents given from 273 to 343 and so were making excellent progress with development of the district. Booth also thought the council had been more inclusive of rural residents with councillors going out and meeting people in rural settlements to hear what their concerns were. On a problem solving front the council were able to fix damage done by a cloudburst and flash flood which destroyed the town’s water supply storage facility in eight weeks. The council also implemented a new website making council more accessible to the people of the district.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE IN THE PIPELINE?
The council has the wastewater treatment upgrade and is also planning the acquisition of more residential zoned land town due to rapid growth and development of the township. It is also continuing to streamline processes to make this growth and development easier.
WHAT DOES THE WAIRARAPA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THINK?
The General Manager of Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce, Catherine Rossiter-Stead, said the mayor was a working farmer who understood the challenges businesses faced. His leadership had steered the council to be far more business friendly. The council had made the consent process much easier, addressed urban development in the town and worked closely with businesses to improve local infrastructure such as roading.
Mayor John Booth believes the Carterton District Council has had a good year with several achievements of note.