Mark Hunter, independent candidate for mayor  

Mark Hunter: Boundary expansion a primary issue

Proust Questionnaire

Name : Mark Hunter

Political Experience : Former VOP council member

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Losing your child.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Family.

Who are your favourite heroes/heroines of fiction?

Superman.

Who are your favourite characters in history?

Churchill.

Your favourite musician?

Paul McCartney.

What do you most admire in a woman?

Compassion.

The quality you most admire in a man?

Generosity.

What natural ability would you have liked to have had?

To predict the future.

Your most marked characteristic?

Patience.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty.

What is it you most dislike?

Greed.

What reform do you most admire?

Female equality.

What is your motto?

" Enjoy life."

Mark Hunter has been enjoying life in Pemberton for the past 21 years. The owner of Pemberton Taxi has the distinction of being the first founding member of the Pemberton Valley Golf and Country Club. He’s also an experienced local politician, having previously served on council.

When it comes to development he feels that the Official Community Plan doesn’t deal with the most important issue: boundary expansion.

"We’ll have to look at boundary expansion because there are some properties outside and to have them start developing parallel to our village may cause more problems in the future," he says.

One of the areas Hunter feels should be considered for development is the south-facing hillside located towards Mount Currie. (This property had been proposed earlier as the location for Ravens Crest Developments.)

"It’s an ideal place for housing. It’s out of the flood plane, it gets more sunshine than most of the valley and it’s something that needs to be done," he says.

On the issue of affordability, Hunter thinks low-income housing needs to be considered as part of the mix to any housing development.

"This could be done and maintained by having some covenants or restrictions on the housing. Trying an area with no suites and smaller homes," says Hunter. "Developers say supply and demand will dictate lower prices. But we don’t have that much land to throw around.

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