From district to regional: Alan Jamieson seeks election to Taranaki Regional Council

Alan Jamieson is a candidate for election to Taranaki Regional Council. Photo / provided

Alan Jamieson is one of four candidates standing for Stratford’s only constituency seat in the Taranaki Regional Council elections. As a member of Stratford Press’ local government election coverage, candidates were emailed and given the opportunity to be interviewed ahead of the October elections.

He served four terms on Stratford District Council, including three as deputy mayor, but now Alan Jamieson is looking for new challenges on a new council.

“It’s time for a change and a new challenge. The regional council matches my environmental interests, so I thought it was a good time to make this change and run for the regional council this year. .”

Alan’s interest in the areas overseen by the Taranaki Regional Council has grown in recent years.

“During my years as a district councilor and deputy mayor, I served as a council representative on the Taranaki Regional Council’s Waste Reduction Committee.

”I’ve served as vice-chair of this committee for the last two terms and I’m proud of the great work he’s done around things like agricultural recovery, eliminating single-use plastic bags , but there is still a lot to do Finished.”

He was an advocate for getting Connector Bus service in Stratford, he says, lobbying for it with then-CEO of Stratford District Council Sue Davidson.

“I obviously have a passion for passenger transport,” he adds, referring to the fact that he has worked in the business for many years.

“Our young people need transportation available to them.”

As a district councilor, he has visited many environmental schools in the district and says they show how much difference small changes can make.

“I’ve always been very supportive of the school enviro program. It helps educate future generations to make better environmental choices.”

He says that as an advisor, he always seeks to know what his community thinks of the issues discussed.

“It’s about listening to other people’s opinions, not pushing your own.

”I also spend quite a bit of time in the eastern part of the district, making sure their views are heard. Sometimes I voted one way, representing the thoughts of the community even when I disagreed. “

As trustee and current chairman of the Taranaki Electricity Board Trust, Alan says he spends a lot of time talking with community groups, clubs and organizations.

“Again, it’s about making sure their thoughts are heard.”

As a representative of the TET, Alan is part of the regional sports strategy.

“He’s looking at using facilities across the region, rather than having a regionally based facility in every city. I’m not in favor of the New Plymouth hub.

“Kids shouldn’t have to go to New Plymouth to play sports, they should be able to play locally.”

Alan, who is also a Justice of the Peace, is involved in a wide range of community groups, Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust and the Eltham Lions Club in Rotokare where he volunteers regularly.

“I can do really cool stuff with Rotokare, like help transfer hihi.”

Alan says TRC has a “big role” to play in the coming years when it comes to biodiversity, stopping fly tipping and improving water quality.

“It’s not about saying farmers can’t farm. We all have to do our part, and if we all do something, then together we will make big changes.”

Elna M. Lemons