Incoming Waimate District Council chief executive Bede Carran is looking forward to arriving in the town and getting down to business.
Carran, who is in the last days of his role as finance and corporate services manager for the Southland District Council, replaces outgoing chief executive Tony Alden. Alden was in the role for seven years and was one of six shortlisted candidates for the job when it was advertised on January 15. He completes his tenure on July 31.
Carran, who officially starts as chief executive on August 4, said he's keen to get started and sees similar aspects in his new position to his former role.
"I'm really excited and looking forward to it. I'm happy to be working with a team that's been really obliging, friendly and welcoming.
"I see the issues both councils face as being pretty much aligned. A lot of it is delivering around core infrastructure and community development. I think there's a lot of positive activity going on in both councils."
He identified a pair of on-going projects in the Waimate District he is keen to see grow and prosper.
"It's quite a dynamic place and there's quite a lot happening there like the Waimate Stadium development which I think is exciting and positive. There's also the Hunter Downs Irrigation Scheme, which is hugely positive from an economic point of view."
Carran said the community development projects were going well. He also looked forward to his role in maintaining core infrastructure to a "high standard".
He will relocate to Waimate in the next few days and has bought a property he will share with his wife and two young sons.
Carran and his wife also have a daughter, who is currently attending university in Auckland.
"Personally, we are looking forward to living in a rural area. We like that and are keen to enjoy the community as a family," he said.
While Carran's family has strong Southland roots, he was born and raised in Nelson.
A keen rugby man, he said his loyalties lay with the Crusaders as opposed to the Highlanders, but he had a soft spot for Southland.
- The Timaru Herald