New Wānaka-based council role will ‘get things done’

In an election promise made good, Mayor Jim Boult has established a new role at Queenstown Lakes District Council. The new full time role, ‘Upper Clutha liaison manager’ is envisaged as “joiner”, according to Mayor Boult. 

“The job is to ensure that all council teams coordinate their efforts around things that happen in the Upper Clutha. I think what we were suffering from, was [our] general managers were acting in their own area of interest, without coordination... This role is a joiner for all things that go on in council to concentrate efforts that go on in the Upper Clutha,” he said. 

The job description says, “The Upper Clutha liaison manager will be primarily responsible for liaising with and supporting the Upper Clutha community and providing a direct line of communication between the Wānaka Community Board, Wānaka Councillors and key QLDC employees (including the Executive of Council).”  

The mayor goes on to say, “With a tail wind we’d find the right person in Wānaka, who knows the community, knows how things work over there, but that’s not a prerequisite. We’re looking for someone with the right skills. Communication, ability to understand a range of topics and ability to think outside the square is what I’m particularly looking for.” 

Applications close January 5.  

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