Time is slim for anyone considering standing for Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and Wanaka Community Board (WCB) during this year’s local body elections. There is just one day left to submit your nomination before the opportunity to do so closes tomorrow (Friday) at 12pm.
By the time this article went to print, QLDC had received the following nominations for Council and WCB: two nominees for mayor — Al Angus and Jim Boult; four nominees for the four available seats on the WCB — Ed Taylor, Barbara East, Barry Bruce and Chris Hadfield; three nominees for the three seats on Wanaka Ward — Quentin Smith, Barry Bruce and Cherilyn Walthew; one nominee for the one seat available on Central Otago Health Inc. — Leigh Overton; four nominees for the six seats on the Queenstown/Wakatipu Ward — John MacDonald, John Glover, Glyn Lewers and Craig ‘Ferg’ Ferguson; one nominee for the one seat on Arrowtown Ward — Heath Copland.
Calum MacLeod announced his candidacy for the Wanaka Ward on Tuesday evening, but his nomination had not been formally published by QLDC by the time this story went to print.
QLDC chief executive Mike Theelen said becoming a councillor or community board member is an important way in which to help guide the future direction of the Queenstown Lakes district. “Our district is in a period of sustained growth and change, and with this comes various projects and plans which will impact our area for generations to come,” said Theelen. “If you would like to have a direct voice at the table and help guide solutions for our community, then this week is your last chance to be at the heart of QLDC.”
The voting period runs from September 20 until election day, October 12, at 12pm.