Know your councillors: support for small communities

Northern ward Councillor, John Wood.

John seeks more council recognition

Newly-elected Northern ward councillor John Wood, has big plans for the small towns in the district.
A Kybunga resident, Councillor Wood said all too often “most of the emphasis is put on Balaklava” and the smaller towns in the Wakefield Regional Council area were neglected.
Towns like Blyth, Brinkworth, Snowtown and Owen were towns which Cr Wood claimed needed attention.
“I’d like to see smaller towns maintained,” he said.
“I know it may be hard with so much emphasis on Balaklava.”
He has been proactive in enhancing the historical background of Kybunga.
“We’ve already erected about three plaques in town to show the history of the area,” he said.
“We’re keen to put up more plaques in the near future.”
. Cr Wood is pictured with a plaque, located near Kybunga’s Post Office, showing information about the town.
The maintenance of road signs, roads and keeping rates as low as possible for landowners are high priorities on Cr Wood’s agenda.
The former Eastern ward councillor decided to nominate for a position in Northern ward after Eastern ward was recently abolished. He said the opportunity to serve the ratepayers of the district was his reason behind renominating for a spot on council.
Cr Wood is involved in many community associations, including Blyth Development Board and the local football team. He is joined by other Northern ward councillors, Greg Stevens and Darryl Ottens.