Mayor praises wife, community for support
Dunlop drew in 5223 votesMICHELE ONG
Flushing toilets and a flourishing township are among the issues re-elected South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop wants to tackle.
Mr Dunlop was first elected in to the South Taranaki District Council in 1989 and was elected as mayor in 2007. He won easily on Saturday for another term.
He said he would be looking at the Hawera redesign plan, aimed at revitalising the town's CBD, and was keen to spend a few pennies refurbishing the public toilets next to South Taranaki's i-site.
The toilets have received poor results in the council's annual satisfaction surveys.
Mr Dunlop said the council had agreed to the renovations and work could start over the next few months.
"I am very very keen to have the building remain as it's such a lovely historical building and complements the water tower behind it," he said.
Mr Dunlop said it was possible to maintain the building's facade while have the insides "completely new", just as European countries had "beautiful toilets" inside their old buildings.
Mr Dunlop drew in 5223 votes in Saturday's elections. His nearest challenger, Selwyn Metcalfe, gained 1723. The other mayoral contender, Henry Kerehoma, pulled in 953 votes.
Mr Dunlop attributed his successful campaign to his wife, Jan, and the community's support.
"People appreciate having Jan as a mayoress and the things she does for South Taranaki," Mr Dunlop said.
Mrs Dunlop said she saw herself as her husband's "support role person".
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