Two weeks ago I made the announcement that I would stand for the Mayoralty. I originally intended to stand in 2019 at the next Local Government elections but Mayor Yules decision to step aside for his national political ambitions changed my plans. I am the first non-Councillor to announce my intention to throw hmy hat in the ring for the Mayoral by-election next month. You will recall I was a candidate in the last election.
My decision was driven by the anger ratepayers have for the poor decision-making processes in the present Council, a lack of accountability and the appalling waste of ratepayer’s funds.
I feel that it is time council returned to the basics – doing a professional job of delivering the core services such as providing safe drinkable water.
As ratepayers, I believes we deserve better and when looking at the millions wasted over the water fiasco, there has got to be some accountability at the top. While I’m not into pointing fingers, the existing council must take collective responsibility for some of these ludicrous decisions so why would you elect one of the existing Councillors to the mayoral role.
On top of that isd the fact that should an existing Councillor get elected to the mayoralty, they will inflict another $100,000+ by-election onto the ratepayers.
I dont believe it is unrealistic to look at how rates can be reduced and redirected at services that make a positive difference in the lives of ratepayers and keep spending under control.
“By mentioning rate reductions, I’m sure they will trot out the old hoary chestnut of ‘what services will be cut’ but the reality is that Hastings is There is a lot to be done to revitalise the district both in the commercial and the rural sectors.
Jenny and I have a life-style block and are developing a small orchard in the Crownthorpe area.
I have over 30 years of management experience and held executive roles in councils in New Zealand and Australia. My field of expertise has been Economic and Tourism development and headed a government tourism body in the Pacific Islands.
‘I’ve seen some unbelievable decisions in the many councils I have had association with, this council is no different and quite frankly the ratepayers deserve better.’
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