My name is Lee Vandervis and I am standing for Mayor and Councillor for the Central Ward in the October elections.
As Mayor I will bring 30 years of successful business knowledge and political experience from two Councillor terms to re-energise the City’s administration and leadership.
Dunedin City Council administration has improved under new chief executive Paul Orders. However, it is unsustainable with Mayor Cull’s insistence on no reduction in service levels or staff numbers.
Council has not confronted debt or bureaucratic waste, and has increased debt by over $100 million this term, as Mayor Chin did last term. This year’s claimed 4% rates-rise has been achieved by Council Companies borrowing $23 million last year, without which our rates-rise would be 27%.
I was born in Balclutha 58 years ago to Dutch immigrant parents who ran a successful building contractor business.
I have been passing Dad nails since I can remember and I learned to swing a hammer usefully early in life. My parents always pushed the values of thrift and a broad education. At Otago University I gained a BA in Philosophy before going to London for 5 years overseas experience, working in electronics manufacturing and rising to Production Manager of Midas Audio UK, building mixing consoles for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Supertramp and Pink Floyd.
I returned to Dunedin in 1981 to have a family and set up Vandervision Lighting Audio and Video, making it Dunedin’s largest lighting hire business, and restoring heritage buildings like Dundas st Church and 401 Moray Place along the way. I sold most of my business interests when first elected to the DCC in 2004.
I am married to Antonie with 8 children between us and we believe that Dunedin is the best place to raise a family.
My Councillor record of challenging misrepresented projects and bureaucratic waste has been vindicated by a recent explosion of costs and debt. To stop rate/fee rises and to reduce damaging debt the DCC must absorb the ORC and reduce staff costs.
Changing the bureaucratic culture of waste in local government will allow us to better provide for real Community needs. I will vote to spend local, encourage more and cheaper parking and a better bus service once the ORC obstacle is removed.
I will work to provide the means for a more caring Community focused City Council.
Dunedin City Councillor profile: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/councillors/cr-lee-vandervis
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LeeVandervis
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