I’m standing for the Regional Council because I have been closely involved with the Canterbury Water Management Strategy for the last five years at a local and regional level and because of the return to partial democracy.
I undertake to continue to work towards a sustainable future where farming activity works in concert with the environment and does not degrade it.
I like the axiom “we farm the land and the land farms us” but not, apparently, without strong monitoring and enforcement.
Climate change will be a major focus for the new Council.
We are already dealing with the consequences of a warming planet and policies and adaptive strategies are needed now.
I undertake to keep climate change front and centre of future thinking.
Public transport in Christchurch fails to attract new patrons.
I undertake to seek ways to provide a low carbon, wifi enabled, public transport system, bus and rail, which reflects people’s needs.
Urban waterways are a source of considerable concern for many reasons and I undertake to work in close cooperation with Christchurch City Council to address these issues.
Experience in local government and other environmental agencies provides the context for me to make a positive contribution to Environment Canterbury’s transition to full democracy in 2019.