Elections are approaching: ‘I have very much enjoyed my term’

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Hard to believe that we are already in May, and even harder to contemplate that the year is 2022. Time flies when you are having fun? I’m not sure that 2022 has yet been a major bundle of joy, but fingers crossed it will improve.

I feel that time has certainly flown in my term as Lawrence› Tuapeka district councillor and community board member.

To this year’s annual plan, the board submitted for increased funding towards tidying up trees in the Steep Street Domain. We also asked for funding towards arborist support in the Peace Gardens and for new plantings.

Plans are under way to move the transfer station from behind the Service Centre to Waipori Road. Once complete, we will investigate what else we can do there, such as the development of an AgRecovery site. We have also asked through the annual plan process that council investigate the introduction of a district›wide glass crushing and chipping service.

Many projects identified in the community plan require a community group to drive them. To date, no group has emerged to lead the community hub feasibility study, so the board asked that these funds be put towards progressing design plans/redevelopment of the Gabriel’s Gully entrance. Clutha Development is working on some ideas for an improved visitor experience for Gabriel’s Gully and these will duly be shared with the community.

We will shortly be considering options around the upgrade of the surface of the Zig Zag path and railing, and once this work is complete, a planting plan will be considered.

Work is also being done on updated information panels for both the Chinese and main cemeteries and we hope to have these installed over winter.

On a personal note, my husband and I are relocating so, regretfully, I will not be standing again. I have very much enjoyed my term and am grateful for the opportunity to have increased my skills on many levels. Councillors and council staff have been fantastic support and Mayor Bryan Cadogan is a tremendous mentor and inspiration. I have also thoroughly enjoyed my time on the community board, in particular working with the chairman, Geoff Davidson. Geoff’s commitment to the board over 25›plus years is truly inspiring, and his background knowledge and astute advice is invaluable.

I encourage Lawrence› Tuapeka residents from all walks of life to consider putting their hat in the ring for this year’s elections, and have a say in what ishappening in your district.

Clutha District Lawrence› Tuapeka ward councillor Mel Foster