East keen to help sort land issues
Local Elections 2013
David East may be best known as one of the promoters of the proposed waterpark at New Brighton but the newly elected councillor dismisses any suggestions he is a one-trick pony.
"One or two people have suggested that I'm only focused on the water park and that's a myth I want to dispel," the 60-year-old said yesterday.
As a newly elected councillor in the Burwood-Pegasus ward East said he wanted to get stuck in and help sort out the insurance and land remediation issues that were hampering people, particularly those on TC3 land, from moving on with their lives.
He also wanted to tackle Parklands' residents concerns about the new sewer system that was being rolled out and find a long-term use for the large tracts of red-zoned land in the east.
East, who has three adult children and one granddaughter, won his seat on the council with a preliminary tally of 7298 votes, making him the highest polling candidate in the east. After missing out on a council seat in 2010 by just 53 votes, it was a sweet victory for East, who has served nine years on the local community board and has lived all his life in the area.
It also means he gets to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and great grandfather, both of whom, he recently discovered, served on the old New Brighton Borough Council.
"We have a family history that goes back four generations," said East.
East brings to the council a varied work background. He studied geography and geology at Canterbury University before taking on a job with the now defunct North Canterbury Catchment Board (a predecessor of Environment Canterbury). He then went farming before moving on to a number of other jobs including one as the first chief executive of Surf Life Saving - a job that allowed him to combine earning a living with his life-long passion for surf lifesaving. Recently he has been running his own businesses offering financial management services.
East said he was keen to put his skills to work and was particularly interested in the areas of infrastructure repair and rebuild and sports and recreation.
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