Craig Baylis: An attractive region will promote growth

To give the voters in October’s election an idea about who they’re voting for we asked all the candidates to tell us – in 200 words or less – what is the biggest issue they want to tackle whilst in council if elected.

Born and educated in South Taranaki and like New Plymouth’s Neil Holdom in 2016 and Hawera’s Mary Bourke in 1992 I’m not an experienced politician, but I’m a serious investor in South Taranaki and have a passion for what this region could be if we adopted a fresh approach.

Having worked for large corporations and running teams in a seven day-a-week industry I know it’s most important to have a can-do attitude and a culture that nurtures people to be the best they can. This means when opportunities come along our council will be ready to stimulate growth and make this a region families choose to live in.

We must encourage people and business to come here by marketing our own region and protecting our health and core services. We need the whole district to be attractive to the eye and have the retail and recreational facilities people look for in a place to live.

The Local Body Elections, for District and Regional Councils, Community Boards and the Taranaki District Health Board, will be held by postal vote on October 12, and the official declaration of results will be announced on October 17.

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