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‘Game on’ for John Robson

Cr John Robson at his swearing in today. Photo: Supplied.

John Robson thanked two councillors at his swearing in today, crediting their positons on the Long Term Plan with motivating him to return to local body politics.

John, who is a previous city councillor, won the by-election for former city councillor Gail McIntosh’s seat. She died in January this year.

The councillors he thanked are Max Mason and Kelvin Clout.

“So thank you gentlemen, and I look forward to working with you over the next eight weeks to bring real change to that Long Term Plan,” says John.

He’s been looking back at fellow councillors previous election promises and is pleased that Max wants strong financial discipline.

“I’m sure Max hasn’t forgotten that promise. I’m pleased that Kelvin wants something similar. Proud as he is of the previous term where we kept rates rises capped, got debt down and increased spending on essential infrastructure.

“It would be nice to repeat that Kelvin, if your aspirations for mayor are to be fulfilled,” he said during his swearing in today.

John also thanked Steve Morris and Rick Curach, two councillors who endorsed John’s campaign.

“Putting your head above the parapet in a situation like this is not easy.  I know you took some shots and I thank you for that,” says John.

He criticised the council’s communication with ratepayers through the museum referendum and the consultation document – not because of the content of the documents, but because of what wasn’t in them.

“I’m passionate about giving the community the information it needs to make informed choices.

“I think it behoves us to make sure that what we put in front of the community is true but also wholly true.

“We mustn’t be tempted whatever our motivation, whatever our beliefs, to use partial information to achieve what we might believe to be a just end.

“I want to see our LTP changed. I want to see our communication with the community improved. I want to get out of this suit and start work.”

Work for John started at 1pm at the City Transformation Committee meeting.

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Please clean house

Posted on 08-05-2018 07:13 | By Angels

First thing ,please kick Badlock in his back side to wake up his brain. It seems to be located there.Please remind him and other about the majority vote just held. Please remind the other councillors about democracy.

@ Nerek

Posted on 07-05-2018 15:17 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Still comes down to a few others having the guts to vote sensible, realisticly and not fold under presssure from a few selective mites with self interest and a pay check as the motivation and desire from a dip into teh public purse.

I wish him well, but

Posted on 07-05-2018 15:16 | By R. Bell

living up to his somewhat ambiguous statements will be hard. More information to the community gets very difficult when commercial sensitivity sets in. Anyway good luck to John,he will need lots of it. Robin Bell.

I'm very hopeful

Posted on 07-05-2018 14:13 | By nerak

that we are now building a strong team within the elected members. Heaven knows it’s past time that the ratepayers have a strong force which will listen to them, and not the barrow pushers. Congratulations John, I wish you well, and sincerely hope that you will get support from more than the four you mentioned.

The man

Posted on 07-05-2018 13:35 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Wait for it folks, change is underway and some. A few misfits will be swivering in their boots already.