Council chief executive David Ward: “Figures are an encouraging sign”

Nominations opening soon

by Mike Isle

Candidate nominations for this year’s local body elections open on July 19, however, potential candidates should start planning now suggests council.

In Selwyn, elections will be held for the mayor and 11 councillors, along with five members of the Malvern Community Board. Voters will also vote for representatives on the Mid Canterbury Constituency of the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) and for members to represent the Canterbury District Health Board. Nominations for candidates open on July 19 and close on August 16.

Council chief executive David Ward said Selwyn is blessed with many community-minded people who give their time generously in local clubs, sports, committees and community organisations.

“Now’s the time for these community leaders to consider using their skills in local government,” he said.

“Standing for local government is a great way for people to take the next step and have a meaningful say on the issues that directly affect their communities. It’s also an excellent opportunity to develop their leadership skills.”

Ward said it is important that communities are supported by a diversity of representatives with the skills, abilities and training to respond to major community issues. “In Selwyn especially, we face some critical decisions in the coming years about how we respond to our continuing growth what facilities and services are important, and how we prioritise our spending to benefit the whole district.

Voting papers will be delivered in late September and voting closes on Saturday, October 12.

Anyone considering becoming a candidate can find out more by downloading the candidate handbook from the council website at selwyn.govt.nz/elections.

There will also be a candidate information evening on Thursday, July 4 at 7pm, at the council offices in Rolleston. Anyone thinking about standing is welcome to attend.