Tasman Leader : August 15th 2013
9 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 15, 2013 NEWS when you purchase from the $369 range or above.* TURNING 5 IS A PRETTY BIG DEAL Richmond Mall: (Near Fresh Choice Supermarket), Queen St, 544 2020. *Price complete with PENTAX standard single vision lenses with scratch resistant coating. $50 off only valid when purchasing from the 2 pairs for $369 range or above. Progressives and bifocals also available at an extra cost. Second pair must be from the same price range of frames and lens range or below. Must be same prescription. Price for other lens types may differ. Extra options not included. Cannot be exchanged for cash or used with any other offer. The following are registered trademarks of the Specsavers Group of Companies - the Specsavers logo. © 2013 Specsavers Optical Group. Offer only available at participating Specsavers stores. See in-store for full details. Offer ends 17 August 2013. OFFER AVAILABLE AT: R R Re e ea a ad d de e errrs s sh h hiiip p p 5556269AA People person: Lloyd Kennedy and the wetland he and wife Val are developing on their Cottrell Rd property. Photo: HELEN MURDOCH A lifetime of service to community By HELEN MURDOCH Lloyd Kennedy didn't want to leave local government, but the need for cancer treatment forced him to end his 46-year career prematurely. Now on the mend, he has formally retired from his role as community services manager with Tasman District Council and is intent on enjoying his returning health. The change in pace and move from the public eye is a distinct shift for Lloyd who became a well-known figure while working closely with the district's community groups developing regional recreational facilities. Lloyd finished his service with Tasman District Council as community services manager, but in his younger days he always figured he would be a banker, because of his love of figures. However he was offered a job as an office junior before he had left school by a family friend who worked for Oxford County Council, where the Kennedy family lived after their shift from the West Coast. It was 1967. Within seven years he was Oxford's county clerk. In the mid-1980s he and his family shifted to Tasman were he worked for the former Waimea County Council before amalgamation and the formation of Tasman District Council in 1989. He secured the role of community services manager in 1992. Throughout his career he had to apply for only three jobs. It's amazing really,'' he said. But the biggest bonus had been working with community groups, Lloyd said. Developing multi-use community facilities, and there have been a few of them, was an important part of the job -- and I loved that side of it,'' he said. I also enjoy watching children and families use the cycleways and walkways -- seeing people getting out there and enjoying them.'' The well-used facilities Lloyd has had a hand in include the Moutere Hills Community Centre, the ASB Aquatic Centre and community facilities in Murchison and St Arnaud. The pool was probably one of the biggest achievements and is used by over 300,000 people a year,'' he said. Saxton Field is the gem and only made possible by the two councils working together. It's great to fly into Nelson and look down on it knowing I was part of it.'' Lloyd was also involved with the establishment of the Waimea Rural Fire Network, which manages the region's rural fire response. When I started our rural fire was with the TDC,'' he said. Our fire appliances were from the 1950s and 60s. Now we have a new fleet and some new rural stations -- it's a good feeling.'' Lloyd said the wider community often had little idea how local government operated As long as water comes out of their taps and their sewage goes away most people do not care,'' he said. It's only when something affects them do they take an interest.'' He said that if community facility proposals went to the public vote most would not be built -- because the majority of the community could not see the benefit. Councils are elected to make decisions and they should be allowed to do just that because they have the facts before them -- having said that we have to be careful in allowing councils to make decisions for people -- it's a tricky one really.'' Ascertaining and meeting needs was a prime role of local government, but it had to work closely with the community to understand what was wanted. Lloyd said that though he had ended his formal career he might dabble in the odd community project in the future. But for now he was content to take some time out to holiday, play golf, visit family and friends, and continue working on an extensive wetland he and wife Val had developed on their property. It's a huge wetland with about 13,000 plants. We are trying to develop a habitat for wildlife -- I just love that.''
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