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Fifth challenger steps up
Mayoral challenge comes from man with experience
By MAT KERMEEN
TOILING TRADIE: Malcolm Lyall believes his tradesman's work ethic and ability to
connect with the community on a down to earth level will make him the next mayor
SPRINGS ward councillor Malcolm
Lyall is the third sitting member of
council to challenge mayor Kelvin
Mr Lyall has announced his inten-
tion to stand for mayor in October's
local body elections.
He joins fellow councillor Sam
Broughton and deputy mayor Sarah
Walters in the contest, along with
Dr Olive Webb and former mayor
Mr Lyall's decision came after
months of weighing up his options''.
I have been concerned for some
time with the leadership in Selwyn.
I don't think we have much of a voice
outside of the district.''
He said with a new chief executive
at the council, the time was right to
bring in more stringent governance.
Diversity in housing, better public
transport, developing a community
space that could become the heart
and soul of Rolleston, and getting a
better deal for Selwyn ratepayers
from the Government were among
his major goals.
If Selwyn's not getting its fair
share, I'll be speaking up.''
His major concern for the district
is the threat of amalgamation with
We've seen what happened in
Auckland and there is plenty of
talk going around in Wellington at
He believed that the possibility
of amalgamation for the Selwyn
District Council could pop up'' after
next year's general election.
The Prebbleton resident -- who
was first elected into council in 1992
-- said the people of Selwyn would be
better off as their own identity.
Selwyn will need a strong leader
to stand up for the district when the
threat of amalgamation comes, and
at 56 years of age, I believe I'm it.
I've got the experience and I've
got the energy.''
This year's election will be his sec-
ond attempt at the mayoralty, after
not doing so well'' at his first
attempt in 2007.
He said he had learnt a lot from
A self-employed electrician, Mr
Lyall has a strong business back-
ground, but said his practical
method of getting things done and
connecting with people straight-up
were his biggest advantages.
I don't see any point standing
around moaning at problems. You
need to get in there, find the best
solution and get it done.''
He said he has a vision for looking
forward and had been active in the
council's strategic planning over the
last council term.
Selwyn's strategic planning is on
track, but there is always room for
improvement, given the constant
change that growth creates.
If you don't plan for growth,
you're in trouble.''
He said that council needed to put
people first and he -- if elected --
plans to be as accessible as possible.
When I am mayor of Selwyn, I
will hold drop-in sessions a couple of
Fridays a month, where I can make
the coffee, and residents can come
in for a yarn and voice their concerns
Ratepayers want a council that
will actually listen.''
Sale decision today
The future of the site of
the former Darfield
Medical Centre will be
decided at a Selwyn
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