Mayoral bid to be `low-waste'

Tim Cadogan.
Tim Cadogan.
Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan has confirmed his bid for a second term as mayor, saying he will be running a ''low-waste campaign''.

Mr Cadogan said he would not be putting up billboards or delivering pamphlets this election, ''as I see these two forms of electioneering to be highly wasteful. I am encouraging all other candidates to consider their obligations to the environment in their strategy.''

Mr Cadogan's nomination was lodged yesterday, making him the first nomination for Central Otago mayor this election. He was nominated by Lindsay Breen, of Alexandra, and Murray MacMillan, of Mt Pisa.

Mr Cadogan said he had ''worked hard'' to fulfil the promises he made at the last election, ''which were to be available and to be mayor to all parts and all people of the district''.

He said he had worked hard to improve the connection between the council and community and was proud ''engagement has never been stronger, with record numbers engaging with the 10-year plan, the Cromwell master plan and other consultations''.

He said the council was also facing up to its environmental responsibilities, while allowing for future development, as pipes were laid for Clyde's new wastewater scheme and Alexandra's new drinking water scheme; and Cromwell's new wastewater plant was opened.

The council had also helped find ''the right funding model'' for the Maniototo Hospital rebuild, and he had formed the Central Otago Affordable Housing Trust, although he was frustrated by the slow progress of the trust, he said.

Housing affordability and availability were reaching a crisis point and he wanted to keep working with the trust and other agencies over the issue.

Mr Cadogan said Central Otago was facing many issues, including the Manuherikia River minimum flow outcome, and he had challenged both the Otago Regional Council and the Government on aspects of the ''incredibly complicated and difficult'' minimum flow process.

''Leading the community in understanding the issues involved is a primary role moving forward.''

Working towards ''a more sustainable Central Otago while maintaining a robust economy'' would remain a challenge, Mr Cadogan said.

''Reducing the amount of waste we produce has to be something the whole community recognises its responsibility for and, of course, waste is just one part of the sustainability conundrum facing everyone on this planet.''

pam.jones@odt.co.nz

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