The Saddle Hill Community Board has a new hand on the tiller,
but some familiar waters to navigate.
After nine years - or three terms - at the helm, former
chairman Keith McFadyen confirmed late last month he would
not be seeking re-election.
And, last week, he was replaced as chairman by three-term
incumbent board member Scott Weatherall, the son of former
city councillor Colin Weatherall.
Joining him in a new leadership role was fellow long-serving
board member Pam Jemmett, who was elected his deputy at the
new board's inaugural meeting last week.
Mr Weatherall said he was excited by the mix of fresh blood
and experience on the board, including the arrival of new
member Leanne Stenhouse.
Ms Stenhouse, of Brighton, would join Mr McFadyen, Mrs
Jemmett, and businessmen John Moyle and Jonathan Usher on the
Mr Weatherall said it would be ''business as usual'' for the
board as it worked towards the completion of several
That included completing the beautification of Fairfield's
main street, already under way,
as well as improvements to Walton Park and a new management
plan for Brighton Domain, he said.
It was hoped improvements to Fairfield's main street could be
completed in ''three or four months'', once council staff had
concluded consultation with residents over the project, he
It was also expected the board would take a ''lead hand'' in
co-ordinating the new management plan for Brighton Domain,
with input from users of the domain, he said.
The board would also be working with a new city councillor,
in Andrew Whiley, replacing former Cr Weatherall, who used to
take a seat on the board.
Mr Weatherall - also a St John paramedic and president of the
Brighton Surf Life Saving Club - said he was excited by the
challenge of a new role as the board's chairman.
''I think I've got something to offer in that role.''