by Mike Isle
Prospective Canterbury Regional Councillors will have a chance to find out what the role is all about at a candidates’ information evening on July 15.
Chief executive Bill Bayfield says the meeting is part of the council’s efforts to increase candidate interest and help inform decisions to stand for council.
“All councils are charged with increasing candidate interest and voter turnout in local body elections, but we’re keen to ensure that all those considering standing for election as regional councillors have the opportunity to be as informed as possible about the nomination and election process, as well as the role of a regional council and elected members. They’ll also have the opportunity for any questions they have to be answered,” Bayfield said.
“We absolutely encourage anyone who wants to make a difference to environmental issues in the Canterbury region to stand. We’re all here to improve environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes on behalf of the community, and it’s not a small job. The more people who stand, the more choice there will be for the community when it votes.”
At this local government election, Environment Canterbury will return to a fully elected 14-member council with two members each in seven constituencies.
Anyone above the age of 18 who is a New Zealand citizen and enrolled to vote can stand for election. Nominations for candidates open on July 19 and close at noon on August 16.
The candidate information meeting will be held at Environment Canterbury’s building at 200 Tuam Street, on Monday, July 15 from 5.30pm.