A Waimate County Council candidate has called on community members to comment during the filing process for a proposed controversial incinerator in the area.
The proposed $350 million facility to be built in Glenavy was a hot topic at the Waimate Lions Club candidates’ meeting on Thursday, along with discussions about Three Waters.
More than 300 people attended the evening, which was attended by Council, Mayoral and Canterbury Environment Council candidates.
The meeting took place on the same day that South Island Resource Recovery Limited (SIRRL) announced that it had submitted the resource commitment for the proposed facility, with all candidates being interviewed about the facility.
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Waimate community candidate Sarah Huggins invited the community to review the resource consent materials and provide input during the submission process.
Others wanted to go through the resource consent materials.
On the Three Waters question, Waimate Ward candidate Fabia Fox was the only candidate who advocated moving to the model.
Some candidates suggested that more information was needed.
Acting Mayor Craig Rowley and Deputy Mayor Sharyn Cain said they would not support the reforms as they stand.
At the beginning of the evening, the candidates had the opportunity to introduce themselves with Julie Dee, who represented the Waimate station, with the slogan “Julie Dee is a vote for me”.
Peter Paterson, Waimate Parish candidate, said if elected he would support the council to “get the best outcome for the parish and the council.”
Fabia Fox, acting councilwoman for the Waimate community, said it was “encouraging” to see the number of people who turned out for the meeting and urged everyone to attend more meetings and hold the council accountable.
Huggins said she wanted to bring a “fresh perspective” to the council, while candidate Tom Williams described Waimate as a multi-ethnic city.
Waimate Parish Candidate John Begg spoke about his background with the city’s parish association, school boards and St. John. He also advocated the establishment of a community newspaper.
Waimate Township candidate Peter Collins, meanwhile, championed “local solutions to local problems,” and Waimate Township Deputy Mayor and Councilwoman Sharyn Cain spoke about her work in that role.
Lower Waihao candidate Lisa Small said she is a big advocate of safe streets in the district and wants to improve certain aspects of the city’s civil defense system.
Another contestant from Lower Waihao, Bruce Murphy
said while he was selling the land to SIRRL he wanted to hear public feedback during the approval process.
While Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley said, “Democracy is alive and well in the Waimate District.”
He said he still has the “drive, desire and passion” to continue serving as the borough’s mayor.
Waimate Mayoral Candidate and Councilor Rick Stevens spoke about his time with Christchurch City Council, his business background and the fact that he “aims to establish a proactive rather than reactive Council”.
Jonathan Bird, who is running for Waimate Parish, was unable to attend the meeting.