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STANDING AGAIN: Winton Dalley is
going to stand for his second term as
By CATE BROUGHTON
HURUNUI MAYOR Winton Dalley
has announced he will seek another
three years in the district's top job in
October's local government elections.
If elected, it will be Mr Dalley's
second term as mayor and his fourth
term around the council table.
Without revealing specifics, Mr
Dalley told the Outlook he had
learned a lot in his first term.
I think I have still got a con-
tribution to make.
As long as the community is
happy, I'm still happy to make a
All of the Hurunui councillors
contacted by the Outlook said they
supported Mr Dalley's bid for
Amberley councillor Judith
McKendry said Mr Dalley had been
an excellent leader over the past
He has been an amazing worker
for the whole of our district and he's
a great team leader.''
Councillor Ross Little said Mr
Dalley had achieved a good balance
between strong leadership and the
ability to listen to different points of
If Mr Dalley is re-elected, the rural
council will see at least two new
faces -- with deputy mayor Michael
Malthus and Russell Black calling
time on their council duties.
Councillors Judith McKendry,
Marie Black, Vincent Daly and Dick
Davison will be standing for another
term and Ross Little was undecided.
Mr Dalley said increased powers
for mayors would not change his
style. The changes are due to take
effect from October.
The short answer is, no I won't
change -- and extra powers would be
used with the utmost care and
sparingly, if at all.''
Other changes signalled by the
government, however -- such as
making amalgamations easier -- may
create challenges for all councils, Mr
Apart from water management,
the ongoing growth within the
district and insurance liabilities
would pose major challenges.
I think we just have to work hard
to manage that growth and be
prepared for it, in terms of
responding to consents, and
infrastructure, and responding
to the extra demands for services,''
Piles of interest
in bridge status
FROM Page 1
ON THE MEND: The heavy machinery was out in force down at the Cones Rd bridge
over the Ashley river yesterday as work got under way to stabilise the structure
following flood scouring to the piles. The missing pier is behind the digger.
with the Historic Places Trust over
the site of piles that used to carry a
horse-and-cart bridge alongside the
current concrete structure.
Some of the ironbark piles have
been exposed by the flooding in the
river, and they are keen to know
about these 140-year-old structures
before they disappear in the bridge
repairs,'' he said.
shuts inland road
THE INLAND road between Waiau
and State Highway 1 was closed to
all traffic yesterday, following a
15-tonne avalanche in the area the
day before, with the risk of further
slippage still high.
Downer, the Hurunui District
Council's roading contractor, has
engaged a world-renowned ava-
lanche expert to assess the situation
and make recommendations, given
that the current assessment -- based
on photos and other details -- has
concluded an extreme risk in the 4
kilometres from Lulu's Creek to
Whale Back Ridge.
The Rural Support Network phone
tree system has been activated, as
well as door-knocking to some
properties now isolated by the road
A helicopter was brought in yester-
day to gather more detailed infor-
mation on the risks and whether
options such as using explosives may
be able to be used to shift the threat.
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