Stolwerk striving for healthy communities
I am passionate about our Northland environment, protecting it as well as encouraging sustainable economic development in the region. I believe in healthy communities, which support one another. I understand the pressures on the environment and on people. Environmental, economic and community integration is vital.
This regional council has achieved a great deal in improving water quality, controlling flooding and pest management, however the job has only just begun. I see my role in the next term of council as assisting in building on these achievements. One way these ambitious targets can be achieved by the incoming council is by further supporting a strong community base from which to move forward, especially in the eradication of pests.
Without community support this region will not move forward economically or ecologically. It is paramount that our ‘Volunteer Army’ of 7000-plus community members is supported, encouraged and most importantly increased across all council work streams. The acceptance of ‘Citizen Science’ as a way forward is producing impressive results and engaging ever-increasing members of our community. As individuals we cannot achieve these ambitious targets, increased council supported and coordinated community initiatives are essential in moving Northland forward.