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New Regional Council Chairman elected

New Regional Council Chairman elected

At today’s inaugural meeting of the Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland), councillors were sworn in and Nicol Horrell was elected chairman.

There were two nominations for the position: Councillor Nicol Horrell (7 votes) and Councillor Eric Roy (5 votes). Chairman Horrell was the immediate past deputy chairman. This is his fourth term on the Council. He replaces Ali Timms, who served on the Council from 2001. She was chairman for the past two terms, but was not re-elected to the Council.

Chairman Horrell said he was ready to commit the time and energy needed to carry out the role and identified the Government’s National Policy Statement for fresh water as the council’s biggest challenge.

“There’s a lot of talent around this council table which has potential to form a strong team to meet the challenges we will face over the next three years,” he said.

Councillor Lloyd McCallum was elected deputy chairman. There were two nominations for the position: Councillor Lloyd McCallum (7 votes) and Councillor Eric Roy (5 votes).

The following chairs were elected to council committees:

Grant Hubber, Strategy and Policy Committee

Ross Cockburn, Regional Services Committee

Neville Cook, Regulatory Committee

Maurice Rodway, Organisational Performance and Audit Committee

Neville Cook, South Port (subcommittee)

Eric Roy, Regional Transport

Neville Cook, Southland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

The full council includes 12 councillors elected by the public in six constituencies.

Nicol Horrell (Western), Lloyd McCallum (Southern), Grant Hubber (Hokonui), Ross Cockburn (Fiordland); Robert Guyton, Maurice Rodway, Neville Cook Rowly Currie, Eric Roy, Lyndal Ludlow (Invercargill-Rakiura); Jeremy McPhail and David Stevens (Eastern-Dome).


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