Strong Feilding advocate steps aside
For the first time since it was founded, Feilding Promotion is looking for a new manager.
Helen Worboys, a strong town advocate, has resigned from the position she has held since Feilding Promotion began 20 years ago.
"The timing's right for me," Worboys said.
"I just need a change - I have no idea what that change is - and I'm just looking forward to having a rest."
Worboys said she was proud of what had been achieved. The town's centre had been transformed and many of the initiatives started by Feilding Promotion were now run by other organisations.
Feilding Promotion would not have been successful if the community had not bought into what it was trying to do, she said.
"You need someone at the helm but if you haven't got the backing from the community, it wouldn't have worked.
"I'm really proud to have played a part."
Among the highlights was the construction of the clock tower for the millennium, the creation of the town's award-winning farmers' market and promotions that encouraged people to shop in Feilding.
There was also a lot of "back room" work the public did not see, such as lobbying councils and the Government.
Feilding Promotion had a well-publicised row with Manawatu District Council this year over its funding levels and is a frequent submitter to council plans and policies.
Former Manawatu District mayor and now Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie said: "I thoroughly enjoyed working with her, though she was a challenge. She knew what she wanted to achieve and she set out to do it."
Feilding had changed under her watch for the better, he said.
Feilding Promotion chairman Michael Ford said Worboys was the driving force behind the renewal and revitalisation of Feilding and the Manawatu District.
"We have to be extremely grateful to Helen for her service to Feilding Promotion."
The Feilding Promotion strategic team will meet next week to discuss how replace Worboys.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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