Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has made an appointment to the role of Upper Clutha liaison manager, with Robyn Steel taking up the position in early March.
Steel joins QLDC after an extensive career in both local and central government, with her most recent roles being city partnership manager at Porirua City Council and governance manager at Christchurch City Council. Originally from South Otago, Ms Steel has had a home in Wānaka for a number of years and is looking forward to making the Upper Clutha a permanent home for her family.
Ms Steel said she was very excited about taking up the new role in the Upper Clutha.
“I’m really looking forward to making more connections in a community that’s been a big part of my life, and being able to work alongside the Community Board and community on issues that will help shape the future of the area. On a more personal level, there’s also the added pleasure of being closer to home and family again,” Ms Steel said.
Wānaka Community Board Chair Barry Bruce extended a warm welcome to Ms Steel on behalf of the Board.
“I think I speak for all the Board when I say we are looking forward to working with Ms Steel in her new position and achieving significant progress on projects and amenities that enhance and benefit our communities here in the Upper Clutha,” Mr Bruce said.
QLDC Governance, Engagement & Communications Manager Naell Crosby-Roe said one of the key priorities for Ms Steel will be ensuring the Wānaka Community Board is making the most of the opportunities its position provides.
“People often aren’t aware that the Community Board operates within clear terms of reference and with specific delegated authorities,” Mr Crosby-Roe said.
“Ms Steel’s role will be helping the Board understand all the possibilities this affords them to be a voice for the local community on a broad range of topics, and ensuring that they are connecting with community effectively to hear the many differing views and voices out there in the Upper Clutha.”
Steel will be based in QLDC’s Ardmore Street office from early March.