19 October 2017

Duo to lead economic development

The Gore District Council has stepped up to the challenge of building the District’s business and social capacity with the creation of two roles to drive socio-economic development.

Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks this week announced the appointment of Ceri Macleod as economic development coordinator and Bernadette Hunt as social capacity and health coordinator.

The women will be engaged on a part-time basis as contractors to the mayoral office.

Mr Hicks said the Council had committed to focusing on economic development and building community capacity as the challenge around population ageing became more defined.

“Like many provincial towns we are facing some serious challenges around population growth, so to do nothing is not an option.

“There are some great opportunities out there right now. For too long we have been a bystander when it comes to building our community, economically and socially, when in reality we need to be an enabler and enhancer.

Mr Hicks said he was looking forward to encouraging economic development, whether it was in the tourism space or business sector, more strategically.

“It’s all about making the most of the opportunities available that will build value in the community.”

The two women brought a wealth of skills and experience to their roles, Mr Hicks said.

Mrs Macleod, who has a Masters in economic development and regeneration, worked in economic development roles in the United Kingdom and Australia before moving to Gore with her family to live.

Mrs Hunt serves on Federated Farmers Southland’s executive and is chair of the meat and fibre group. She is well known for her involvement in the extremely successful Gore Kids Hub project.

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