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Lynley Shaw : My focus is
helping Selwyn people move
forward and thrive. A key
reason I am standing is to see
council has a strong
responsibility, while continuing
to plan for more services,
facilities and safe roads. If you
also want this, together with
better communication and
more accountability from your
council, as I do, then I
welcome your support in the
Jeff Bland: For 16 years, I have
lived in the Selwyn Central
Ward with my wife Julie and
family. This year, I retired from
the New Zealand Police. The
last four years of my 38-year
career were based at Selwyn. I
have served on the community
board and many local
community groups. It has been
my privilege to serve this
community as your councillor.
Sandy Williams: As a
Rolleston resident with a
young family, I am regularly
involved in local community
groups and events. I
understand the issues that are
important to you and would like
to represent your views on
council. As a community board
member, I have been active in
assisting a wide range of
residents and I am committed
to continuing to do so.
Sarah Walters: With an
ongoing enthusiasm for our
district and its people,
accompanied by practical
knowledge and experience
over the last six years as a
councillor, I seek your support
to continue as your motivated
representative. I remain
committed to working towards
a district that values all its
resources -- one that we all are
proud to be part of.
Mark Alexander: As a current
councillor, I am a strong,
experienced advocate for
residents of the Selwyn
Central Ward. I understand the
needs, wants and aspirations
of the local people and
communities. I believe that the
benefits from growth should be
fairly shared; that appropriate
facilities are provided to meet
your requirements. As your
councillor, I bring local
knowledge, balance and
Peter Hill: My role as a
councillor is to act on behalf of
the people and I have been
privileged to represent our
region during my first term on
council. I have never shrunk
from speaking out for right
decisions and pushing through
with action. My strong sense of
natural justice has motivated
me to ensure what needs
doing actually happens.
Selwyn Central Ward Six candidates are vying for four positions representing the Selwyn Central
Ward on the Selwyn District Council. Voting papers will be sent from
September 20 and voting closes October 12. Candidates tell you below
why you should vote for them.
YOUR COMMUNITY - YOUR CHOICE local body elections 2013
Long-term planning gets thumbs up
By MAT KERMEEN
IN THEIR SIGHTS: Improvements to community facilities like the Rolleston
recreation centre and library are suggested by some candidates.
Community facilities need upgrading
PLANNING FOR the future, new
community facilities, and more
schooling look set to be hot elec-
tion topics in the Selwyn Central
ward, according to candidates in
the council elections.
Six candidates are in compe-
tition for four seats around the
Selwyn District Council table.
All four current councillors are
set to stand against each other
and two outside challengers.
First-time candidate Lynley
Shaw said council needs to under-
stand just how critical strategic
planning really is.
Selwyn Central is experiencing
strong growth, and strategic plan-
ning is essential to overcoming
the challenges that go along with
growth in a fiscally competent
manner,'' she said.
Councillor Peter Hill said there
is an inequality in terms of facili-
ties in Selwyn Central, which
must be addressed. He wants a
funding scenario that is fair.
Put simply, we pay the most
rates and should therefore access
the most resources. Council
income must be spread evenly
across the population.''
Councillor Mark Alexander was
another to emphasise growth and
new facilities as major issues.
As the community grows, new
or upgraded facilities -- affordable
and accessible -- must be provided
for the community.''
He said that list should include
halls, community centres, parks
and reserves, and a new or
upgraded Rolleston Library.
Mr Hill also called for Rolleston
to have a decent library''.
Mr Alexander said a Rolleston
retail area, community and rec-
reation facilities were vital for the
whole district and that they
needed to be supported locally and
Another first-time challenger,
Sandy Williams, said new infra-
structure, services and improve-
ments were imperative, to match
Selwyn Central's rapid growth.
Deputy mayor Sarah Walters
wanted to put an emphasis on
planning for a fast-growing and
There are some really exciting
things happening throughout the
area and we have an unpre-
cedented opportunity for people to
be involved in shaping their
future, but the council has to be
more committed to implementing
Councillor Jeff Bland said there
needs to be strong planning
around extra funding for roads,
local parks and reserves, along
with new facilities.
He said bus services have imp-
roved and the aquatic centre has
been completed over the last
three-year term, but he said there
is still work to be done.
Mr Alexander said implemen-
tation of the Rolleston Town
Centre and Foster Recreation
Park master plan were an import-
ant part of the district's future.
Ms Shaw said it is important
council provides infrastructure to
support growth and allow the dis-
trict to continue to flourish.
Education is another key elec-
tion issue in the ward.
Ms Williams said the constant
growth in Selwyn Central's towns
meant more schooling provision
is an immediate need.
I am a strong advocate for
progressing the new high school
and seeing the third primary
school built for Rolleston.''
Mr Bland said he was pleased
another high school is in the pipe-
line for Rolleston. Ms Walters
also wants to ensure the needs of
Selwyn's people are recognised --
especially in education.
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