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This week Taieri Times continues a series from members of the Mosgiel-Taieri community board. The board of six was elected unopposed.
Aged 68 and a lifelong citizen of Mosgiel, I enjoy a supportive family life, married 43 years with three adult children and five grandchildren.
I am retired after a 42-year career in engineering, manufacturing and management with Fisher and Paykel. In my spare time I have an interest in family pursuits, fishing and golf.
Voluntary community organisations I'm involved in are Community Patrols of New Zealand (I am chairman of the national council), the Mosgiel Coronation Hall Development Trust, Festival of the Plain organising committee and the Taieri Community wellbeing strategy group. I also attend meetings of the Mosgiel Business Association and Mosgiel Resource Group.
I have served six years on the Mosgiel Taieri Community Board, the past three as chairman.
Values important to me are integrity, sincerity, commitment, responsibility, passion, empathy and respectfulness. My mission is to be a worthy advocate acting within my powers for the best interests of the community.
I am approachable, positive, have an even temperament and am a team player and will use my listening, problem solving, decision-making and organisational skills to continually seek improvement for a safer, healthier community in a sustainable environment that matches our growing and progressive community.
I see improving community facilities and services and infrastructure commensurate with a growing community, as issues for focus.
I want to stimulate community involvement through better informed communication. I want to encourage sensible and sustainable growth and support community initiatives, such as the new aquatic centre project, transport strategy and second-generation district plan will shape our community board area well into the future so it is important that we as a community ensure that our voice is heard and united in support.
This is a very good opportunity to introduce myself and outline some areas that I believe we need to target as your representatives over the next three years and beyond.
I have been living in Mosgiel and Dunedin for the past 48 years, schooled at The Taieri High School. I am married to Susan and have three children living with us on the Taieri.
I am the owner of DCB International Ltd, employing local people. As this area of customs shipping-freight and border control is set in a regulatory environment, I understand the procedures and processes that need to be implemented to achieve the end result.
Local body politics is very similar.
You have to work the process to get the result and this is where a lot of great effort falls down, by getting bound up in red tape.
With the Mosgiel-Taieri ward growing at one the fastest rates in the country we need to make sure that the resources needed are available both for our ward, and for the good of Dunedin city.
We are experiencing a lifestyle change with the availability of property developments and that brings opportunity.
A swimming pool development has well and truly been signalled as a necessity in the area, so ongoing commitment must be made to ensure that this proceeds. As with all large projects funding will be challenging, but with engagement with local government and local business I believe a positive outcome will happen.
Traffic has long been an issue in Gordon Rd and this problem will only escalate as the area grows. I believe there is a way the ''heavies'' and the locals can use the main road, but this will take discussion and compromise to achieve a safe outcome.
There are certainly other issues for us to consider and these will be discussed as our term proceeds.
I would to thank you for this opportunity to be part of your voice of this vibrant and growing area.