CEO statement regarding Cromwell Community Board

The CEO of Central Otago District Council is pleased to confirm that the requisition order to remove Neil Gillespie as Chair of the Cromwell Community Board has been formally withdrawn. 

The original requisition lodged by four of the Community Board members to remove the chairperson had resulted in some unintended consequences, namely the high level of media interest and concern in the community. Following discussions with the requisition signatories (Robin Dicey, Shirley Calvert, Werner Murray and Annabel Blaikie), the CEO confirmed that the intention of the requisition was to ensure that the Board is best placed to make the kinds of decisions that Cromwell requires to succeed into the future. “Those members of the Board that issued the requisition order were following a procedure available to them under the Local Government Act. They had not anticipated or intended the high level of community and media interest, and as a result have agreed to withdraw the requisition and discuss their concerns informally,” Ms Jacobs said.

"It is good that the requisition has been withdrawn, this will allow for the Board to work collectively to represent the residents and ratepayers of the Cromwell Ward. This will be done through a facilitated discussion and by meeting to discuss the way the Board works with the Council” she said.

"What's important is that we act together to advance what is in the best interests of Cromwell and the wider region. The future of the district is far too important to be informed by anything other than a strong cohesive board working together towards the betterment of Cromwell. All members of the Cromwell Community Board have expressed their commitment to that goal,” Ms Jacobs said. 

As a result of the withdrawal of the requisition, there will no longer be a public meeting on 19 September.

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