Bluff chairwoman to retire

Bluff Community Board chairwoman Jan Mitchell says she will retire from local body politics next year.

Mrs Mitchell has been on the board for 14 years, the past five as chairwoman.

She said yesterday she would not be standing for re-election at the October 2013 local body elections, citing work and family commitments.

She believed it was time for new blood on the board.

Her public spats with board members Charlie Te Au and Brent Procter and Bluff residents Kylie Fowler and John Edminstin in recent times had nothing to do with her decision to quit, she said.

She believed she still had the support of the community.

"I have immensely enjoyed the job and I would like to think I have helped to progress Bluff in some small way."

She declined to comment about the lowlights of her time on the board, except to say there were always negatives.

Highlights in her time included the Stirling Point redevelopment and main street upgrade, saving the Bluff pool and "pulling town together" when it almost lost hosting rights of the town's oyster festival, she said.

The Southland Times