Councilllor steps down

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Hurunui District councillor Lynda Murchison will resign at the end of the month.

Ms Murchison says she has been offered a role which gives her an opportunity to have a “real influence in reshaping environmental management”.

Cr Murchison was elected to represent the West Ward in October 2019.

She brought to the council a long-standing professional background in environment management and local government.

community,” she says. She says, regrettably, she is unable to fulfil her role as a councillor and take on her new job.

“I will miss the people, opportunities and challenges that are all part of being on council. I will continue to service my local community in farming and environment issues where I can,” she says.

She acknowledged the support of Mayor Marie Black and her fellow councillors.

Mrs Black says Ms Murchison had brought a significant range of skills and knowledge to the council table.

“Having worked within local government over a number of years, her specialty skills in strategy, environmental issues and conservation have been of huge value. Cr Murchison is strategic and considered in her thinking. I know she will bring success to her new employment opportunity.

“This highly complex combination of skills will be missed by the council team, but I do wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.

Cr Murchison’s resignation will spark a by-election, the details of which are being advertised today.