Climate group leader sought

Applications are being sought for the role of chairman for the Queenstown Lakes District Council Independent Climate Reference Group (CRG).

The group has been advising the council on climate and biodiversity action since August 2020. It has been instrumental in delivering projects, embedding climate action into council planning and developing the Queenstown Lakes Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022-25.

Queenstown Mayor Glyn Lewers describes the group as an inspiring collective of professionals with strengths across many climate change disciplines.

"The independent group serves to lend their combined knowledge, research and expertise to address the issues of climate change in our district. As such, the CRG is highly valued as their thinking helps inform our strategies and policies, ensuring council delivers on the Climate and Biodiversity Plan," he said.

"Its chair has the opportunity to collaborate with and lead our experts to guide council’s response to the huge climate and ecological challenges we all face.

"Following council’s declaration of a climate emergency in 2019, we are focused on achieving our bold climate targets. If you are keen to positively influence the direction of climate action in our district, we welcome your application."

The council welcomes all applications but would prefer individuals with a proven track record in leadership and governance roles as well as a passion for environmental and sustainability issues. It is not a requirement for group members to live in the district.

Applications close on June 11.