Ruby Bay artist Graeme Stradling is standing for the Moutere-Waimea Ward for Tasman District Council in the local body elections in October.
Graeme has lived in the Tasman district for 35 years and is a well-known artist and community advocate. He has a degree in biochemistry and has worked in agricultural research, health, business corporate industry and small retail business.
Graeme has also been a Nelson Arts councillor, founder member of the Motueka Arts Council and executive member and secretary of the Mapua and District Community Association.
“We need some fresh community representation – council needs a renewal,” Graeme says. “We all need to work together to get the best outcomes for Tasman district.
“I am well-briefed in the ways of council having been the community advocate at meetings and networking with councillors, staff and others. If elected, I will work hard to improve decision making around the council table.
“My experience in the arts, corporate administration, business and community leadership is broad. I have been involved in many creative projects, community workshops, as well as major projects such as the Mapua Hall redevelopment and Community Association work.”
Graeme has been nominated for council by David Mitchell of Motueka and seconded by Royce McGlashen of Brightwater.