Peter Simmonds is an experienced community leader, with his finger on the community's pulse. He knows people are struggling and worrying about the direction Riccarton is taking.
For Peter, he wants to be a driver for an improved council that empowers our communities to find solutions to concerns about youth crime, truancy and unemployment, rent, housing intensification, mental health, food, and the desire for a greater community policing presence. That's at the local level.
Peter is focussed on finding solutions with and for locals. He will look to create job and self-employment opportunities and community-led initiatives for a safer, cleaner and happier community.
At a citywide level, Peter believes the council needs to invest in better, cleaner, affordable buses, stopbanks for flood prone areas, and move away from fossil fuels now. He backs the building of the new stadium and believes it will reinvigorate the stalled CBD rebuild.
Peter knows how to find the right people and the resources to do the job and ensure those at the top listen to the community at the grassroots and follow through.
“I’m an independent Riccarton candidate. When Keith, my 94-year-old father, spoke to Stuff in March about how tough it is to live these days and the cost of power, rent, petrol and food, the public reaction was immense. He made me ask myself: what could I as a local do to improve our people’s lives?
As your councillor, I will listen to your concerns, seek grassroots solutions, and see that action is taken. Because people don’t want to hear talk; they want solutions to things that matter to them, their friends, and their families. Council needs to listen to you and I will ensure you are heard, regardless of which area you live in, who you are, what job you do, whether you are a student or a pensioner, a beneficiary or a ratepayer."
Because you matter. And because Riccarton Matters.
Click here to see my father’s Stuff interview.