Waimate District Council-kandidaten praten over belangrijke kwesties

Waimate District Council-kandidaten praten over belangrijke kwesties

september 21, 2019 0 Door admin

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We put some key questions to candidates vying for a seat on the Waimate District Council.

Miriam Morton.

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Miriam Morton.

Miriam Morton – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
Continue to lobby central Government for assistance to deliver required infrastructure, especially in regard to the 3 waters and waste minimisation, in a similar manner to the roading subsidies through NZTA. Alongside this, we need to be planning for growth and for the effects of climate change, using up-to-date information, so what council invests in now will serve the community long into the future. Funding these facilities and keeping them affordable requires council to secure great financial deals, to share the costs out to future users, not just the current ratepayers.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later?  By taking note of other councils’ learnings in this area, and planning well for the current and future use for our district.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? Good planning, lobbying central Government, attracting new residents.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? In principle. It needs to be well set-up, used responsibly and self-sustaining.

Fabia Fox.

Samesh Mohanlall

Fabia Fox.

Fabia Fox – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
Council should be leveraging low interest rates to spread the cost of infrastructure over generations. The appropriate use of debt funding is going to be essential here.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? Until structural experts have examined the building it is difficult to speculate, however I would be looking to how other councils have undertaken similar projects.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? Shared services with neighbouring councils is going to be increasingly important and cost-saving for Waimate. The work currently underway with roading and waste management is a great example of this.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? I support all well planned development of recreational spaces but this isn’t a governance issue for councillors, it is an activity management issue for council officers to manage.

Lyndsey Bishop.

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Lyndsey Bishop.

Lyndsey Bishop – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
To exercise a broader quotation process coupled with focus on population growth adding more revenue funds through greater rates volume.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? Immediate moves toward replacing the aging tile roof with colour steel is essential to protect and preserve resources/records for future reference.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? By embracing/encouraging the future of ‘brand Waimate’ thus drawing new younger residents into the area adding necessary revenue.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? Absolutely, such facilities in other towns and cities which have them have proven added value. The current proposal at the A&P Showgrounds is brilliant.

Michael Downes.

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Michael Downes.

Michael Downes – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
We can’t keep loading costs onto ratepayers. Alternative forms of funding for large infrastructure programmes should be sought from central Government or commercial lending institutions.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? This is an urgent major project for which funds should be sought from either a commercial lending institution or possible sale/lease back of the building.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? Focus on attracting a wider population base to the town by promoting it as a great place to live while working in the district.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? The concept of a dog park is supported, however the siting of it should take into account environmental and nuisance considerations e.g. happy dogs bark.

Murray Ludemann.

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Murray Ludemann.

Murray Ludemann – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
Regards to roading central Government through fuel tax, R. U. C. and registration is accumulating vast sums of money not allocated to future roading projects. All local councils should jointly lobby the NZTA for a 50 per cent increase in funding for local councils. I would look at the current council investments, land and buildings. Any that are not required for the everyday function should be sold and the money recycled back into upgrading the old infrastructure.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? The council shouldn’t wait for an expensive engineers report before taking action in repairing the council office building. There are competently qualified building inspectors that have the skills to bring to tender the replacement of the extremely heavy tile roof. The weight of this roof during an earthquake would be a great danger to the staff working in this building. Let’s get this done. As for the library, there’s The Salvation Army building down the street on council land. I’m sure a suitable arrangement could be agreed to.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? As a council we should embrace all age groups to settle and live in our fantastic district. The more people living here the costs of services are spread across a bigger rating base. That’s from our villages St Andrews to Glenavy, the main town Waimate and all of the other tiny settlements. Never discriminate against older people living in our community as they also contribute to the local economy.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? Currently there are moves to develop a dog park at the A&P Showgrounds. This I have no issues with, as long as the funding has been put aside in past rates budgets. And the general cost of upkeep to the park comes from the Waimate town ward dog registration fees.

John Begg.

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John Begg.

John Begg – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
The best way I see is for forward and future planning, ie. so we don’t see a road being dug up twice to put two different cables/pipes in.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? Again, future and proactive planning is essential, as well as meeting present needs, what is the future needs?
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? Waimate has an increasing population of active retired people who are coming here because of the facilities, opportunities and lifestyle, they bring finance, and skills which enhances the community.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? I think the new area at the A&P Showgrounds has a lot of potential.

David Owen.

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David Owen.

David Owen – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
Borrow long term, as interest rates are super low; central Government assistance is required for compulsory 3 waters legislation and any of their other grand ideas.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? Central Government demanding more compliance, local government forced to pay for changing world, we need more of the central Government tax take to accommodate.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? New Zealand has an aging population, that’s why the future generation will shoulder long term loans as well. 
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? Knottingley Park, a great asset but not for a dog park. With 6ft mesh fencing around two acres of it. The A&P Showgrounds are just great.

Jakki Guilford.

JOHN BISSET/STUFF

Jakki Guilford.

Jakki Guilford – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
Shared service contracts with other councils to achieve best prices. Maintain our infrastructure well to lengthen life. Lobby central Government for increased/new co-funding.  
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? Get the engineers/structural report – we need to make informed decisions and right now don’t have the information we need. Look at affordable interim solutions.  
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? Great economic and social development to help our district thrive, combined with sound financial and asset management.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? Yes absolutely – I am very happy that we have recommended this to council at our committee meeting. Great for residents and visitors.

Simon Finch.

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Simon Finch.

Simon Finch – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
We need to deal with this now rather than creating a bigger problem for the future – preparing for the future in a fiscally responsible way.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? Without the delayed building report it is impossible to make an informed decision but redevelopment of the current building in an economical manner seems appropriate.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? Look long-term and attract the younger demographic and new business – development of the CBD and new housing to increase the number of ratepayers.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? Absolutely – with over 50 per cent of Waimate households having a dog as part of their family this is money well spent.  

Sharyn Cain.

JOHN BISSET/STUFF

Sharyn Cain.

Sharyn Cain – Waimate
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
Continue to lobby for equitable rural solutions, investigate funding mechanisms outside of rates, and inter-generational borrowing across the life of the assets.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? We are unfortunately still awaiting the engineers report at present. The upgrade needs to be done once and done right, with public consultation.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? Waimate has a growing population, so inter-generational borrowing, especially while interest rates are so low, will spread the burden over the lifetime of assets.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate?
Yes – the ability for owners to train, exercise, and socialise their dogs in a safe and secure environment is a positive move.

Tom O'Connor.

DOUG FIELD/STUFF

Tom O’Connor.

Tom O’Connor – Pareora-Otaio-Makikihi
1. What is the best way to tackle looming infrastructure costs?
We now have strategic depreciation funding for most infrastructure assets which did not happen in the past. Infrastructure costs imposed by central Government, related to the supply of potable water, are manageable.
2. How can office building/library integrity concerns be attended to sooner rather than later? This project should not be rushed. We are looking at temporary office accommodation while log term, cost effective plans are developed.
3. Waimate has an ageing population and increasing infrastructure costs. How will you counteract this? We have to start seeing senior people an asset, not a liability for a start. Most stay in self employment, part time or full time work well into retirement and they form the pool from which many of our volunteers come from. Without them New Zealand would grind to a halt in a week. We don’t need to counteract an aging population we need to value it.
4. Do you support a dog park in Waimate? Yes, We have just approved that.

* Sandy McAlwee – Pareora-Otaio-Makikihi and Tom Sullivan – Waimate were offered the opportunity to be included but did not provide responses. Colin Pankhurst – Hakataramea-Waihaorunga and Sheila Paul – Lower Waihao – have been elected unopposed.

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