Current leadership lacking: candidate

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by Chris Tobin

Former Timaru District Council corporate services group manager Michael Boorer is standing for a seat on the Timaru District Council in this year’s local body elections, saying he is concerned by the council’s current leadership.

“It’s evident to me that the council needs someone who has strategic financial skills in the local authority sector and that every dollar received from ratepayers delivers the best community outcomes,” Mr Boorer (59) said.

He thought the current council had shown a lack of financial and community accountability.

“This was highlighted by the recent proposed sale by Timaru District Holdings Ltd (TDHL) of Alpine Energy shares and the confusion surrounding the numbers published in the 2019-20 annual plan/budget.”

Mr Boorer was the council’s corporate services manager for nine years, resigning in 2002 to take on senior management positions with the Order of St John. He was Alpine Energy’s corporate services manager from 2012 until his recent retirement from the position.

“During my time as corporate services manager at the Timaru District Council, I was instrumental in forming TDHL with the specific purpose of ensuring the shares held in both Alpine Energy and the Port of Timaru would not be sold by the council on a whim to fund pet projects.”

He said the council’s multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the south end of Stafford St through TDHL also required careful financial management.

“This, along with its broad property portfolio, requires significant ongoing oversight and leadership to ensure prudent financial management to reduce the risk of overspend and over-investment.

“I have experience in overseeing multimillion-dollar property projects and would bring this project governance to Timaru’s future.”

Mr Boorer is a ministerial appointee on the South Canterbury District Health Board, a trustee of the Athletics South Canterbury All-weather Track Trust and a former chairman of Aoraki Polytechnic’s audit and finance committee.