Climate change will be a major focus for the new Ecan Council
We are already dealing with the consequences of a warming planet and policies and strategies are needed sooner rather than later.
I undertake to keep climate change front and centre of future thinking.
I have been closely involved with the Canterbury Water Management Strategy for the last five years and support the concept behind it.
The efficient distribution of stored water will future proof agricultural production.
There is little or no evidence so far that the Strategy has improved water quality, biodiversity or enhanced the environment.
I undertake to continue to work towards a sustainable future where farming activity works in concert with the environment and does not degrade it.
Public transport in Christchurch fails to attract new patrons.
I undertake to seek ways to provide a low carbon public transport system, both bus and rail, that reflects people’s needs.
As a Banks Peninsula District Councillor I qualified to sit on RMA hearings panels and so have a good working knowledge of the law and policy framework.
As chairman of the Canterbury/Aoraki Conservation Board I got to know the whole region from the Waitaki to Kaikoura.