In my 42 years with Ministry of Transport and NZ Police I developed skills in strategic planning, budgetary, financial and development areas.
For 12 years I've performed capably and competently as a Nelson City Councillor, my current responsibility being Chairman of the Works and Infrastructure
Committee. Among matters addressed includes the re-starting of deferred projects and the necessary repair of storm-damaged infrastructure to stop sewage and stormwater flowing through residents' properties.
I live in Nelson City and believe it's paramount that every elected representative has the interests of the whole community at heart and take everything into consideration, rather than attempting to see to only those of a single locality.
Nelson has to progress and I'm fully behind that. Such progress, of course, includes the future-proofing of our roading infrastructure with necessary developments like the Southern
As your elected representative, you can be confident I'll listen to your concerns.
|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Car Commuting Minimisation|
|Building Regulations and Urban Planning|
|Sea Level Rise|
In the previous council, Eric was removed from his position as chair of Transport Committee for dishonesty. He pretended the Nelson City Council had no involvement with the NZ Transport Agency study into building a new arterial road through the centre of Nelson. He and the current Mayor Rachel Reese were secretly meeting with the NZTA behind the backs of other councillors, the majority of whom were not in favour of the road.
The scores relate to these questions asked:
What is your view on climate change, and how do you think Nelson City Council should react to it?
Which of the Nelson 2060 Goals would you prioritise?
What do you see as the most effective methods for Nelson City to encourage reduction of greenhouse gas emissions?
Do you think single occupant car commuting is a major cause of our road congestion? If so, how do you think this could be changed?
Do you think it a good idea to prioritise making it safe for the majority of children to get to school by active transport, ahead of expanding roading capacity? If so do you have any ideas of how this might be done?
Do you think public transport needs to be improved in Nelson? If so, how?
What are your thoughts on a dedicated, frequent summertime beach bus connecting the Nelson City Centre to Tahunanui beach?
Should Council reintroduce electric buses on the Nelson - Richmond Route?
What do you think would encourage uptake of electric vehicles in Nelson?
What are your views on allowing more townhouses close into city and suburban centres as a means of minimising the need to use a car?
C. Building Regulations and Urban Planning
Do you agree that we should be finding ways to reduce the lifetime energy costs of new buildings? If so, how would you go about doing this?
What is your opinion on the densification of residential housing as a way of decreasing our carbon footprint per dwelling, while also improving affordability, quality and availability of housing?
D. Natural Hazards
How would you encourage Nelson City Council to respond to the threat of sea level rise? Eg Raise the floor level of new buildings in hazard areas as per Niwa Report.
What would be your approach to the managed retreat option for properties and structures at high risk from flooding and/or erosion due to sea level rise?