By Mick Jensen
Martin Nordqvist has attended his last formal meeting and ended an 18-year association with the Methven Community Board (MCB).
Born and raised in Methven, Mr Nordqvist served six years initially, was chairman for six more and for the last six years has been a councillor representative on the board.
He will step down as a two-term Western ward councillor at the upcoming elections and will end a long and loyal period of championing the Methven cause.
Over the last 18 years Mr Nordqvist has missed just one MCB meeting from an estimated 150.
He has clipped newsworthy items since 1998 and has two full scrapbooks to remind him of board issues and achievements.
The former farmer has similar scrapbooks for his passions of harness racing and bowls.
“Looking back through my scrapbooks, it really helps to highlight the number of positive contributions the community board has been able to push through for Methven,” Mr Nordqvist said.
In 1998 the new elected board of five had been keen to see more streets in Methven kerb and channeled and footpaths established on one side.
Council had spent something like $50,000 a year over 10 years and that major vision had been achieved.
Another goal ticked off was the expansion of the township’s recycling facilities, Mr Nordqvist said.
Recycling had progressed from a few volunteers doing the right thing into a facility that was well-supported by the community and well run by council.
Mr Nordqvist said Methven’s potable water supply had also been much improved over the years.
“A few years ago we had a lot of leaks in the system and water was being lost along the way. But there are two pipes into the treatment plant and two more running parallel into Methven these days, which has helped with reliability and doubled storage capacity.”
Mr Nordqvist said he had really enjoyed his 18 year association with the MCB.
“It’s been a privilege to serve Methven, if I’m honest. I think when you are involved with spending public money, you need to follow processes that can take time and don’t always work out the way you want, but generally there have been few frustrations along the way.”