Richard Seager

Richard Seager

I am able to work with the majority of council including those who are considered problematic. I want to make sure that Council can work properly for the first time in several years and this will be easier if a diverse group of people of complementary skills are elected. I am a strong believer in democracy though so nobody's voice will be silenced. I will be fiscally responsible but innovative in seeking funding for Dunedin's future. Loss making operations will need to be sold or closed. With that in mind, I will seek to make the University a cycling precinct, seek to reduce car use in the urban area and introduce more public transport realizing that it is a cheaper option overall. I will work on local food options, involving all parts of Dunedin and work to improve the housing options. There will be a need to talk to rural residents about diversification. South Dunedin mitigation options will be canvassed and then acted on. The harbourside development options will be looked at again and a much more modest proposal will hopefully be found and accepted. It is not good enough to spend money on such a precinct in an environment that may mean other people are having to move home because their properties have become non-viable. Eco-tourism will be promoted and small business supported. Contracts to local government will be prioritised to local operators and split if large so as to attract competitive quotes. These are all parts of a whole.

It's all very well to declare a climate emergency but it's quite another to act on it and to do so democratically while pulling the whole community together to solve its problems.