Sandra has a long history of involvement in the CBD. Her family owned a bakery – Warrens Bakery for many years and she also owned a fruit shop in the 90s, while she and husband Mark own buildings in Warren Street. She was also the president of the Hastings Business Association prior to being elected a councillor in 2010. In that role she was instrumental in ensuring that Large Format Retail was located near the CBD, so as to minimise the impact on local retailers.
As mayor Sandra has also strongly pushed for a hotel for Hastings, which will now be realised with Quest establishing a 44 room hotel near Toitoi, the $40 million arts and culture precinct. The final stage of Toitoi, the Municipal Building is set for completion in 2022, which will be a mix of retail and hospitality on the ground floor and the re-opening of the Assembly Hall. On top of all of this is the CBD revitalisation project and investment by private investors into commercial complexes such as The Tribune.
What are the big projects that council will complete and/or commence in 2021 that will have a positive impact on the economy?
2021 is a year to deliver on our community’s priorities; completing our safe drinking water infrastructure, new housing, revitalising the CBD and managing future growth.