Lifestyle Queenstown Wanaka

Calling Can-Do Leaders

Written by Margo Berryman

This October’s local body elections are an opportunity for residents and ratepayers to play an active role in shaping the future of the district.

That is the message from Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) chief executive, Mike Theelen who says now is a good time for people to start making plans or to encourage others to consider standing for election to the council.

“It’s important that our elected local leaders reflect the values and ideas of our diverse community. So we want to encourage a wide range of people to learn more about what’s involved and understand the challenges and rewards that a role around the council table or on the Wānaka-Upper Clutha Community Board brings.”

He says a good place to start is the elections page on QLDC’s website.

“You can find more information here on who can stand for election, how to get nominated and how to campaign when the time comes. Ultimately this is a chance for local leaders to have a huge influence on how things are run in our district, what projects are given priorities and where investments go.”

Nominations for both the QLDC and the Wānaka-Upper Clutha Community Board open on July 15 and close on August 12. Voting papers are delivered between September 16 and 21 and voting closes on October 8 2022.

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Margo Berryman