Electing 2 Board Members
No issues on file for Mario Downes.
No issues on file for Stewart Miller.
- Environmental Protection and Access.
On Banks Peninsula I support the classification of "paper" roads using existing mechanisms, to define who can use them and when. Ecological values and farming practices are at risk of uncontrolled access by anyone that currently has the right to use a road, Yet responsible users are unsure of where they can go without causing nuisance. The more people that can appreciate the environmental gems of Banks Peninsula, the greater the chance of securing funding to assist landowners in protection measures.
- Local Representation:
As a numerically small district (in area we are way bigger than the city area) we are always going to be an exception to the rules of representative to resident ratio. The Local Government Commission was very clear about geographically distinct communities of interest deserving a voice. This will be up for review and as always,there will be a move to see us incorporated into city wards. A local voice is a right worth fighting for.
- Project Consultation:
Ensure public input into the long awaited redevelopment of Lytteltons inner harbour and marina.I have learned much from the Akaroa waterfront development and the potential for change at Lyttelton is very exiting.
- Strengthening Communities:
Increase support for local community groups. Remote communities rely heavily on small local groups for social cohesion. This builds community strength and has benefits that far outweigh the costs.
- Economic Sustainablity:
Farming is the dominant feature of the peninsula, many have augmented the farm income with micro ventures in tourism. While the thought of queenstown style tourism or a giant peninsula wide, visitor oriented farm park has many reaching for the heart pills, if not the shotgun, we need to be imaginative in ensuring that people can live and work on the peninsula. For instance,its pretty tough being part of the knowledge economy when you can only get dial-up internet.
Improve the standard of rural roads throughout the peninsula, maintenance has been at minimal levels for years, advocating for increased tourism traffic on these roads is not a great plan.