QLDC Candidate Questionnaire: Mayor

Voting papers are currently being sent out for the upcoming local body elections. We mountain bikers make up a significant block of eligible voters in the Queenstown Lakes District and it is important that we have a mayor and councillors who are supportive of mountain biking and the mountain bike club. To help you decide who to vote for we sent a short questionnaire out to all the candidates. Here are the responses we got back from the mayoral candidates, please take the time to read what they have to say and then vote for a candidate who will help us GSD! And if you aren't on the electoral role it's not too late to cast a special vote.

Mayoral Candidates

Al Angus

Al Angus1: Do you support the QMTBC's goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network? Yes 2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand? It already is, although I'm unashamedly biased about our district. 3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC? Once I've sorted through the mess left by my predecessors I will prioritize funding. I fully support activities that are fun, healthy and affordable \, although teaching kids to swim is highest on my list. 4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC's license area on Gorge Road? Absolutely. 5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add? Stressing the wearing of helmets when your guys are riding anywhere is a must. especially on the footpath. it would be a tragedy if one of your unprotected heads got accidentally clotheslined by a selfie stick.

Jim Boult

Jim Boult In general terms, I am very supportive of any endeavour to promote Biking, particularly Mountain Biking. You may be aware that my wife Karen and I donated a very substantial sum to the establishment of the Lake Hayes track, and continue to make an annual contribution to its upkeep. I’m constantly pleased to see the number of bikes on the track most mornings when I run the track. I’m also an occasional Mountain Biker myself. As Chairman of the government’s Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) I am well familiar with the new development in Christchurch at the Port Hills. TGP has also put in excess of $2.0 million into the project. The case for the CCC making a contribution though, was a little unique as the CCC was very keen to see any form of new tourism development take place to aid the City’s recovery. Likewise, the TGP put a significant sum into the Rotorua facility. I have no doubt that if Queenstown is not already the premier bike destination in NZ, then it will be. The image of biking is also one that is compatible with Queenstown – outdoor pursuit, exercise and environmentally neutral. There is therefore, a natural fit. I note your questions in relation to QLDC support for the club. The simple answer is that at this time I don’t have the knowledge I need to give an answer to the question of what the QLDC may or may not do to assist your club or any other club for that matter. To give undertakings without that knowledge is to simply look to garner votes. What I can tell you though is that I support any logical biking related endeavour, and should I be elected, I’m happy to hear any reasonable proposal. And well done with what you have achieved to date.

Lyal Cocks

Lyal Cocks1: Do you support the QMTBC's goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network? Yes 2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand? Yes 3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC? As always would depend on what the funds are required for and justification for using public funds in that way. 4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC's license area on Gorge Road? I don't see any reason why not at this stage but will check out if there are any issues. 5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add? I congratulate your club on what it has achieved and thank you for all he hard work and effort applied.

John Mann

John Mann1: Do you support the QMTBC's goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network? Yes. My Mayoral campaign emphasises the need for a healthy work/life balance for all residents and biking in general is a significant contributor to a healthy lifestyle. I have already had a meeting with the Queenstown Trails Trust. 2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand? Yes. I support any tourist initiative in the Queenstown Lakes District that supports the ethic of being the best in its field in New Zealand. 3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC? No. I actually think the question is around the wrong way. I support the right of the QTMBC to apply for financial assistance on a project basis at any time. It will come down to a majority of councillors supporting the merits of the QTMBC application against the merits of others for the resources available at the time. 4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC's license area on Gorge Road? This is difficult for me to answer as I have not been present for the presentation of evidence or to hear the arguments for and against such a proposal. My past record in Council decisions have always supported the ‘status quo’ i.e. renewal of an existing arrangement. 5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add? Thanks again for the opportunity. What may be of interest to your members is my intention to re establish the committee structure of council so that like minded councillors can concentrate on the activities that interest them. I believe that this facilitates better outcomes, or at least better focussed outcomes for specialty groups and representative organisations. In short, QMTBC’s interests will be ‘owned’ by a committee within council. I think you will do better with ‘Mann4Mayor’."

Roger Tompkins

Roger Tompkins1: Do you support the QMTBC's goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network? YES 2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand? YES 3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC? YES 4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC's license area on Gorge Road? YES 5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add? NO Well, seriously the bike community around queenstown is a joy to behold. I’ve watched and supported the Gorge Rd site and build (I’m only slightly pissed that we can no longer park down by the jumps and watch from the car ) The Bob’s trails are world beating. i’d like to see more terrain opened up in other parts of the district.. Rock-on.

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