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Youngest councillor wants to see growth in the Valley

Nov 21st, 2013 | By | Category: News

CampbellPic2HUTT CITY COUNCIL’S ‘new kid on the block’ has big plans for his hometown, Wainuiomata.

Campbell Barry was voted on to council in this month’s elections, and at 22 is the youngest Hutt City Councillor.

He says it will be good to learn from the more experienced councillors. “I’m the new kid on the block.”

Campbell has decided to take the step up from the Wainuiomata Community Board that he served on for the past three years.

He is not letting his youth hold him back and is determined to get some action going on  a few issues he has identified.

“The Hutt Valley has grown very little since the last census, especially Wainui,” he said.

“Wainui only grew by 0.4%, which is about 80 people.”

His motto is ‘encourage growth’. Which he says will encourage investment.

“The more people we have in Wainui, the more businesses will come.”

He is hoping that this will increase Wainui mana, something that he feels pride in.

“I enjoy the feel of how Wainui punches above its weight, and the real family atmosphere that it has.”

Along with trying to encourage growth Campbell is keen to continue working with youth as he had done on the Community Board for the last trimester.

He said that was a key part of his getting voted on to council, people remembering what he had achieved in the last few years.

He is proud of giving the youth of the community a voice in council and wants to continue that now he is a full member.

He is also is proud of

securing funding to help fix the drainage problem at William Jones Park.

“It’s not going to fix the problem but it is a start,” he said.

Born and bred in Wainuiomata, Campbell has been involved in various local sports clubs including the Rugby Club and Cricket Club.

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