Tasman Mayor Sets the Tone for the Next Term

Thursday 24 October 2013

Richard Kempthorne has been sworn in as Mayor of the Tasman District for his third term today at the Council’s first meeting of the new term along with recently elected Councillors including two new, Mark Greening and Peter Canton, and one returning councillor, Michael Higgins.

Within the meeting the Mayor spoke to the direction the Council, as a group, will be focusing on over the next three years.

“Building on the Council’s good track record of delivering sustainable and affordable infrastructure throughout one of the biggest Districts in the country, this Council will have a number of important decisions to deliberate, the largest being the Lee Valley Dam,” said Mayor Kempthorne.

“The ongoing sustainable development of the District for current and future generations is key. We need to ensure Tasman has the infrastructure and plans necessary to allow those who choose to live here to do so successfully. In doing so, we need to lay the groundwork to enable our young people to stay in the District.”

“The messages have been heard ‘loud and clear’ to keep rate increases as low as possible, reduce our reliance on debt and manage our growth and development sustainably. To aid this we will be focussing on the Council’s financial strategy signalled as a major piece of work last term.”

“Aspects of our work cannot be achieved alone and we will be working closely with central government, local government as a whole and most importantly our near neighbours. We share a lot of the issues and demands placed on governing bodies and it is sensible and essential we work together to achieve positive outcomes.”

“I have certainly stressed that while we represent all of the communities that make up Tasman, we will be working for the District as a whole. We have a collective responsibility to ensure this Council succeeds for all the citizens we represent.”