Brown, five councillors will re-stand at October election

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Neil Brown will stand again for Ashburton mayor at local body elections in October and five current serving councillors have indicated they too are keen to continue.

Just one councillor, Stuart Wilson, has confirmed he will not be standing, while Diane Rawlinson, Angus McKay and John Falloon are undecided.

Mr Brown said he wanted to continue to build on the work that had been started in the current term and in previous terms of council.

“Ashburton is a strong district economically, which flows into our wellbeing and council can be a catalyst for achieving the results that benefit the whole community and I’m proud of this,” he said.

“There are still a couple of projects that I need to see to fruition. One is the new library and civic building and the other is the locking in of funding to build the second Ashburton urban bridge.”

Mr Brown said he continued to want to see the controversial three waters project paused in order for the Government to have a “real conversation” with councils on what they want to achieve.

Ashburton deputy mayor Liz McMillan said she was keen to continue as a councillor for the Western ward.

“While we have achieved much this term, there are still several projects that I would like to see completed such as the civic and library build and the Methven and Mt Somers membrane treatment plants.”

changes to three waters, resource management and the future of local government, it was important to have people around the council table with knowledge and an understanding of the challenges ahead.

Leen Braam said he had enjoyed his second term as a councillor more than his first term and had built up valuable knowledge and wanted to continue to serve the community.

He wanted to see projects finished, as did Lynette Lovett, who said there needed to be a strong rural voice on council, and Carolyn Cameron, who said she had been grateful for the opportunity to influence decisions at a local level and to advocate for Ashburton at a wider level.

Rodger Letham said he had been asked to stand again for council and would do so.

Departing councillor Stuart Wilson said he had enjoyed his four terms on council, but would not stand for a fifth.

“I will miss it. It’s a big responsibility and you’re privy to a lot of information, but I’ve loved the debating and being able to say what I think.”

Candidate nominations for the local body elections open on July 15.

-By Mick Jensen