Former council advisor to leave

DEBBIE JAMIESON
Last updated 12:25 19/03/2014
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Popular parks and gardening expert Gordon Bailey has become the latest casualty of the Queenstown Lakes District Council's restructuring.

Mr Bailey's role as parks technical advisor and chief rural fire officer was disestablished two weeks ago.

Prior to last year's mass restructuring at the council he spent nine years as parks manager.

Mr Bailey said he was not able to speak about the dis-establishment of his position but it was was now likely he would be leaving Queenstown and his various involvements.

''It's a bit sad,'' he said.

He also planned resigning his role as chairman of the Otago Conservation Board.

He had enjoyed the role as rural fire officer and meeting the many volunteers and emergency workers around the district, and was always happy to share his gardening knowledge.

''It's nice people are always keen to learn about their gardens,'' he said.

Wakatipu Garden Club president Jean Britton was shocked to hear of his departure.

''I was really upset and hugely disappointed that he may leave to seek employment elsewhere.''

He had done a tremendous amount of work upgrading the Queenstown Gardens, including putting in place a management plan, was a past president of the Arrowtown Horticultural Society and the Wakatipu Garden Club and supported the Arrowtown Heritage Roses Trail.

Mrs Britton said Mr Bailey worked tirelessly in the district. 

He was also a Rotarian and past-president of the New Zealand Rhododendron Society.

''He's got a huge knowledge. He isn't a man of lots of words but he has a good sense of humour.''

 

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