Selwyn has a higher than New Zealand average population of under 15 year olds - too young to vote, but not too young to count. Looking after their long term interests benefits everybody.
At 42 years of age and as a mother of 10 and 12 year old children, I appreciate the importance of a positive future in a vibrant and thriving district, one where people and communities matter.
In my first term as a councillor, I have advocated for improved walk and cycle ways, libraries, public transport, social services and urban planning as well as improved communication between council and yourselves. Recognising that good facilities are also important, my involvement ranges from swimming facilities to older persons housing to recreational opportunities.
I am committed to working towards a district that values all it’s resources – our people, our environment and our culture, one that we are proud to call home.
Top 5 Issues
- Improving Communication:
Improving interaction between all parties across the district and beyond.
Good communication leads to good decision making.
- Supporting the four 'well-beings'.
Under the Local Government Act, councils are charged with promoting the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities in the present and in the future.
For our district to thrive, we need to ensure all these areas are being looked after, particularly water, the most important resource of all.
- Building strong and resilient communities:
The proximity of Christchurch has advantages and disadvantages for our district. Many of our residents spend more time in Christchurch than in Selwyn, especially for work and leisure.
We spend a huge amount maintaining our large roading network, but that is only part of our transportation network. Private vehicles, while important for mobility, disconnect people and communities. More focus on public transport, walking and cycling improves our local connectivity and is more sustainable in the long term.
The wellbeing of our district is important to me. I was born and raised here and am now raising my children here. Over the last three years I have had the privilege of working for our district and have gained the knowledge and skills to be even more effective over the next three years.
Born and raised in the Darfield area (Malvern Ward). Lived in Christchurch 11 years before returning to Selwyn District in 1996.
Qualifications: Diploma in Business Studies (ChCh College of Education) and part ownership in a certificate presented to Mum and Dad for being the best parents ever.
Previous roles: Prior to becoming a Councillor in 2007 I have held part time roles combined with being a primary caregiver. Also 12 years in banking
Current Portfolios: Sport and Recreation, Leisure Facilities, Community Development (Youth and Education), Libraries, Strategic Planning
Other Councillor Roles: Aquatic Facilities Steering Group, Selection panel Canterbury Water Management Strategy Selwyn-Waihora Zone, Passenger Transport Advisory Group, Older Persons Housing Working Party, Selwyn Central History Project Working Party, Christchurch Little River Rail Trail Trust, Creative NZ Assessment Committee, SPARC Rural Travel Fund Assessment Committee
Authorised by Sarah Walters of 143 Midhurst Road, Aylesbury, RD 1 Christchurch 7671
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Sarah Walters's Reply
I have not opposed the proposal to consider some commercial/civic development on part of the reserve to date. It is really important that we retain \"green space\" in the reserve as it is the only area available for the more established part of the town and provides extra space for Rolleston School, but I don\'t believe it is as attractive and inviting as it could be (eg. I have walked from the council headquarters to the library, but it is a \'functional walk\' that is only available when the grounds are not too wet or muddy, rather than a \"pleasurable stroll\"). However as a supporter of keeping things local, it is also important to have a business centre that works, attracting residents from other parts of the district to our main centre as well as from within Rolleston. I am not an expert in urban design, though definitely recognise the difference good design makes, so am open to suggestions from the consultants working on this project as well as to the feedback from members of the public on the various options available. In my mind, I view the reserve as a potential Rolleston version of Victoria Square in Christchurch (including retaining the netball/tennis courts), whereas the recreation precinct (in the council owned area between Goulds, Springston-Rolleston and Dynes Roads beyond the dog exercise area) becomes more of a South Hagley park with the swimming complex, sports fields and facilities and potentially the high school.
There are many factors still to be considered, including the impact of the resource consent received for commercial development on the area between Rolleston and Masefield Drives subsequent to the original plans being prepared, which is one of the reasons the original timetable for public consultation has been delayed.
I believe it is also important to note that any such development on the reserve is not intended in the short term. For instance, I have heard comments that the just completed community park next to the library is going to be taken away soon. If the new/extended library planned for Rolleston stays in its existing location, I would support some outdoor play equipment being maintained in the vicinity. If it is determined that the main community park is best located in the recreation precinct, such as near the swimming complex, this might not happen for five or ten years, which is a new generation or two of young people ready to have some input on what they want, although the existing equipment is relocatable.
It will be up to the incoming council to determine the new timeline for the town centre and recreation precinct consultation process, which is likely to include information being sent to each household and a series of open days. I would encourage everyone to partcipate in the discussion of how their town grows with an open mind.check out other candidate's answers
Two questions are just fine, especially since they\'re related.
1. I have been chairperson of the Aquatic Facilities Working Party since it was set up about a year ago to move forward with an indoor heated pool facility in Rolleston during the 2009 annual budget, following extensive community consultation. I support the decision the council has made (23 June 2010) to build an all year round indoor facility in Rolleston, work with the existing pool committees to improve the standard and funding model for the outdoor pools the council is currently involved with and to determine whether and how school/community pools can be assisted.
2. The price paid for the Foster house and land was based on market valuations requested by both the vendor and the purchaser. I believe the price paid was a good price, particularly since the Fosters had gone through the court process at considerable expense to themselves to have the Christchurch International Airport noise contours changed (to the benefit of all of Rolleston), allowing this site to be used for residential sections. They also had the ability to undertake this subdivision themselves or to sell it to another developer, which would have provided a much bigger sale price than that paid by the council. To have this land as predominantly open space so close to the town centre incorporating sports fields and facilities, the indoor pool and passive reserve (Rolleston\'s equivalent of South Hagley park) will, I think, be greatly appreciated in years to come. Council staff have also been in discussion with the Ministry of Education as to the best location for a high school on this site, which will be another important facility in Rolleston\'s development for many reasons.
I was very disappointed with the inaccurate and misleading potrayal of this purchase in the Selwyn Times, including the impact this has had on the Fosters.
There will be an opportunity for community input into the design of the recreation precinct, along with the town centre development in the near future, but the current council made the decision to delay the consultation process until after the election for several reasons. A new process will be determined by the incoming council and will probably include information being delivered to each household along with a series of open days/nights.
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Results - Final
- Sarah Walters
- Jeff Bland
- Peter Hill
- Mark Alexander
- Gary Doyle
- Bevan Killick
- Jens Christensen
- Bruce Russell
- Stan Beavon
- John Allan