Wanaka Community Board (WCB) member Ed Taylor will seek re-election in this October’s local government elections.
Taylor said he is involved in a number of projects and decisions facing Upper Clutha and wants to see them progress. “When I was elected three years ago, one of the first projects we got involved with was progressing the Lakefront Development Plan, which had been agreed to under the previous board,” said Taylor. “I am very aware that progress on implementing this plan has been too slow.”
He said if he is re-elected to WCB, one of his priorities will be to 'get the lakefront sorted during the next three years'. He said he is also focused on the future direction of Wanaka Airport.
“I am aware that this issue has produced some strong debate in the community with various views on the best outcome for the whole region,” he said. “My main focus is on ensuring that the Wanaka Airport Masterplan includes plenty of scope for general aviation and recreational aviation.”
Taylor, who is the general manager of Warbirds Over Wanaka, indicated he would be a champion for the diversification of Wanaka’s economy. “We can’t continue to be a one-trick pony and rely on tourism for economic growth. Aviation is a great opportunity to create new businesses which can offer well-paying jobs. We already have a few examples at Wanaka airport; let’s grow this.”
Taylor said he was pleased that his heavy involvement with Mt Barker Residents Association community board these last three years was instrumental in getting the remaining sections of Mt Baker Road sealed as well as NZ Transport Agency’s approval to complete sealing on Ballantyne Road.