From taxis to council aim

Grant Scannell
Grant Scannell
Queenstown Taxis managing director Grant Scannell is putting his hat in the ring for this year’s local body elections.

Mr Scannell (49) said he thought about standing for the Queenstown Lakes District Council in 2016, but believed his skills might be more useful now.

Originally from Invercargill, he had two stints living in Queenstown, first in the 1980s and again about 15 years ago.

For the past decade he has been involved in the taxi industry and is the South Island representative on the New Zealand Taxi Federation board.

He was also one of the driving forces behind the council’s introduction of new small passenger service vehicle permits, introduced on July 1, was a Wakatipu Rugby Club committee member and had also been a rugby coach for 21 years.

The father of four said the resort had been good to him and his family ‘‘and now I think it’s time for me to give something back’’.

‘‘I just want to be a voice for the people — I don’t believe that the council, at the moment, is being a voice for the people.’’

Mr Scannell said transport and infrastructure were the two biggest issues in the Wakatipu.

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