Sarah Thomson

councillor Candidate

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Introduction

A lawyer and advocate for the environment, I bring valuable experience in both commercial and community law. In 2017, I challenged the government's climate targets in the High Court.

It's time to create a low-carbon, livable city and think ahead for our kids.

Let's invest in safe, connected walking and biking networks and efficient public transport. Let's conserve and enhance our green spaces, gullies and waterways. Let's do smart growth and strengthen the heart of the city. With well-designed inner-city living and support for the arts, the CBD will flourish.

Addressing housing affordability and homelessness is a priority. We must ensure the right balance of housing is built.

I will demand greater accountability, meaningful community participation and push to bring back expert advisory panels. Born and raised in Hamilton, I will be a grounded voice for our communities. Hamilton is a great place, so let's keep it moving forward!

www.sarahforhamilton.com

What’s your vision for Hamilton?

My vision for Hamilton is a city that’s accessible and safe and easy to get around. A city that provides real housing options for people of all incomes and cares for its environment. And a city that has strong and connected communities, celebrates arts and culture, and has quality green space, playgrounds and community facilities for all Hamiltonians to enjoy.

What do you think is key for managing our city’s growth?

The most important thing we can do is build medium-high density housing, particularly in the city centre and along key public transport routes. This will help to create a compact and connected city, better manage infrastructure costs and create more affordable housing options. 

What’s the one thing you’d do differently that would make Hamilton an even better place to live?

I would change the way that we’re using our transport budget.  We need to give people more choices and provide a real solution to congestion. Investing in safe walking and biking, supporting frequent and reliable public transport, and pedestrianising parts of the CBD to create vibrant and welcoming streets are all great steps we can take.

What’s the biggest technology opportunity Hamilton is missing and how can we make it happen?

We can do more to make public transport easy to use here in Hamilton. The first step would be to create a custom app for Hamilton (the current app is run by a third-party and is not very user-friendly). Using this app we can help people plan their journeys using a variety of transport options, make it easy to track buses, and provide a simple way to top-up bus cards.

How do you think we can get more people interested and engaged in Council?

The council can get out into the community more and hear from the people who will be most impacted by decisions, not just from those who have the time and resources to participate in the submissions process. It can also harness the creativity, knowledge and passion that's already within our communities by empowering them to help co-design and co-lead projects.

Where can voters go to learn more about you?

Website: www.sarahforhamilton.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sarahthomsonforhamilton/

Email: sarahlorrainethomson@gmail.com

Phone: 021 024 34312 

*All words were supplied by candidates and copied verbatim