The Dunedin City Council's new city property manager says
one of his first priorities is sorting out ''what's good, bad
and ugly'' within his new role.
However, Kevin Taylor (59) said he was already conscious of
the council property portfolio's significance to ratepayers
and its impact on the community.
''I'm very keen to take it on, and I'm looking forward to
understanding how the city wants it to go forward and how
they want it to be managed in the future.''
''I'm certainly up for that challenge.''
Mr Taylor yesterday spent his first day in his new role
getting his feet under the desk, understanding the role and
those of his staff.
His appointment was announced on July 22 following the
departure of former city property manager Robert Clark in
Mr Clark's departure came after a restructuring proposal,
effectively disestablishing his position, was circulated to
Mr Taylor was recruited from Invercargill-based H.
W. Richardson Group Ltd, which has Australian and New
Zealand-wide interests in the transport, logistics, concrete,
petroleum, contracting, aggregates and waste sectors.
Mr Taylor told the Otago Daily Times his previous role
involved his managing a ''pretty diverse portfolio'' of
commercial and industrial properties, worth ''hundreds of
millions'' of dollars.
Nevertheless, the council's property portfolio was ''quite a
varied'' collection, ''so you've got to make sure you have a
pretty clear understanding of that'', he said.
''This is certainly a massive variety across the whole
property spectrum. Each of them has their own challenges, but
it's not something I'm not unused to,'' he said.
His initial focus would be on ''sorting out what's good, bad
and ugly, really''.
''There's been already some early discussion on matters that
need attention. That's what I'm really trying to get a handle
on to get the priorities right ... [to] look at what are the
issues and things that the council clearly want addressed.''