Contender comes forward early
Local council elections will not commence until October next year, but passionate Queenstowner Fiona McArthur has already announced her intention to run for a place at the Queenstown Lakes District Council table.
Two terms as a board member on the Southern District Health Board, a strong background in policy and a passion for Queenstown sparked the decision to run for a position as a district councillor.
"I've been in Queenstown for 18 years now, which is longer than I've lived anywhere, so this place is now firmly home for me, and putting myself forward for the opportunity to use my diverse skills to serve the community through council service is something I am very excited about," she said.
Those diverse skills include years of sales and marketing for Shotover Jet and Real Journeys, serving as a Victim Support volunteer, being a Queenstown Disabilities Resource Centre board member, a member of the Institute of (company) Directors, and a past manager of the Destination Queenstown's Queenstown Convention Bureau.
However, it was the two term, six year tenure on the health board from 2004 to 2010 which propelled Ms McArthur into the decision to run for council.
"Serving on the health board involved a huge amount of political decision making within the context of a very particular policy framework - and I really enjoyed it. Queenstown is constantly evolving, and although I would still have a lot to learn if I was elected to the council, I feel my broad skill set, coupled with the policy and political experience gained on the health board, would allow me to hit the ground running in a position as a district councillor."
The current council contained a great mix of people with vast knowledge and experiencebut to match the momentum of a constantly evolving district needed "new blood", she said.
The Southland Times