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Waitaki district councillor Rod Bidois has withdrawn his nomination for next month's local body elections.
Cr Bidois was elected to represent the Oamaru ward in 2004 and said yesterday, while he had enjoyed his six years as councillor, at times it had been frustrating.
He has recently accepted employment with the Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust, which operates the resource-recovery park in Oamaru.
The new position entailed learning all facets of the resource-recovery park operation.
Because it was a full-time position, he felt he could not also do justice to the job of councillor and council obligations.
Cr Bidois believed the present council under the leadership of Mayor Alex Familton had performed well in the past three years.
"I just hope the momentum in regard to the lowering of spending in this time is not lessened, especially in relation to unnecessary operational bureaucratic expenditure," he said.