Facing the questions

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Robust discussion . . . Timaru District Council candidates gather round to answer questions at the Timaru Grey Power meet the candidates meeting at the South Canterbury Returned and Services Association on Wednesday last week. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS

by Al Williams

Timaru ward candidates in the upcoming local body elections lined up to field questions from Grey Power last week.
About 40 people gathered at the South Canterbury Returned and Services Association to hear from the candidates and ask questions on Wednesday.
Grey Power’s national president Tom O’Connor chaired the meeting.
Candidates who spoke included Timaru Mayor Damon Odey, his challenger Phil Smith, Dave Jack, Garry Simpson, Peter Burt, Sally Parker, Heather Woolstencroft, Owen Jackson, Ken Linscott, Steve Wills, Graeme Wilson, Andrea Leslie and Jock Anderson.
Candidates Anthony Brien and Tracy Tierney could not make the meeting because of work responsibilities and offered their apologies.
Candidates were given two minutes each to talk about themselves before fielding questions from the floor.
The discussion touched on subjects including genetically modified food, Timaru becoming age friendly, public transport, council accommodation, footpaths, the Local Government Act, water quality, roading, council debt, parking, gas emissions and dairying in South Canterbury.