New-look community board lays down priorities

The residential red zone.
There is a new look community board for the eastern suburbs.
A new-look community board will serve the Coastal and Burwood wards for the next three years.

Five new board members have been elected onto the Coastal-Burwood Community Board, two of which are also new city councillors.

Former radio personality James Daniels has ousted two-term Coastal Ward city councillor David East from his council and board seat.

The Burwood Ward city council and board seat was won by Maugers Contracting Ltd boss Phil Mauger, who will take over from three-term city councillor Glenn Livingstone.

Former board members Kim Money, Tim Sintes and Tim Baker did not run for election.

Kelly Barber, Bebe Frayle and Jo Zervos have been elected to take their place alongside the board’s longest-serving member Linda Stewart.

Cr Mauger said he was “just awestruck” after the win.

Said Cr Mauger: “I’m feeling quite surreal now I have got to stand up and do twice as much as I said I would do for Burwood and the city.

“We have got to prioritise the spending into the east side of town and I want to get stuck into the red zone.

Cr Daniels said he is excited to be given the opportunity to represent where he grew up. 

“I am committed and connected to the ground I walk on. It’s where I grew up and where I will grow old.”

He will aim to work on three main issues – repairs, rates and relationships – and says he will retain a strong presence during the next three years.

“I’ll be there and people will know I’m there.”

Mr Barber, a medical supplies salesman who lives in Prestons, said he was “absolutely stoked” to be elected to the board.

“I’m about to embark on a fact-finding mission about what people want and I’ve already talked a little bit to James [Daniels] and I want to see how we can work together to articulate his vision. I’m very keen to work with people,” he said.

Said Mrs Zervos: “The whole reason I wanted to get in was just to try and get the earthquake repairs done in the area because we’ve still got lots of damage that hasn’t been repaired.”

Mrs Frayle could not be reached for comment.




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