New QSM stays hands-on in getting things done

17:00, Jun 01 2014
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QSM: Peter McPherson

Peter McPherson's district has been good to him so he returned the favour.

A former Clutha District councillor, McPherson has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal for an array of services to his community.

McPherson, who lives in Tapanui, was a district councillor for 15 years from 1995 until 2010, and he served on the West Otago Community Board for 21 years.

He helped to get the Southern Scenic Route road sealed and was involved in improving telecommunication services in outlying areas of the district, leading to Telecom installing a cell phone link for west Otago.

McPherson used his own machinery to tidy and prepare the sites of the West Otago Health Facility and the West Otago Community Centre.

Other roles have included being chairman of zone six of Local Government New Zealand, which covers the lower South Island, for six years until 2010.

McPherson served on the pest destruction board from 1965-1989 and was a trustee of the Crookston Cemetery Trust from 1956-2014.

He joined the Black Gully Domain board in 1961 and still cuts the grass at the picnic area every few weeks.

"You have to do something for your community. The district has been good to me so you have to repay that somehow," he said.


The Southland Times