The Queenstown Trails Trust is currently recruiting two new volunteer trustees to join the existing team. This is a governance role, charged with steering the organisation into the next 10 year strategic plan of trail developments and there's some big ideas on the horizon. The current board includes a great mix of professionals and community minded locals from lawyers and planners to engineers and real estate agents. Everyone's profession may differ, but the one thing that unites everyone is a love and appreciate of the Queenstown Trail network and the understanding of the huge benefit the trails bring to the community and beyond.
To give you a greater understanding of who the Queenstown Trails Trust is made up of, we've created a series of blogs profiling the team, starting with Andy Brinsley, Deputy Chairman. Read on to discover Andy's motivations behind joining the Trust last year. If you'd like to be part of the future of Queenstown's trail network, click here for more info on the Trustee roles.
MEET ANDY BRINSLEY - DEPUTY CHAIRMAN & TRUSTEE
''Life in the district without the accessible trail network is now hard to imagine. It’s like trying to explain to your kids what life was like before the internet.''
I was drawn to the role of Trustee as an opportunity to contribute to an amazing community asset. One that myself, family and friends make frequent year round use of.
Life in the district without the accessible trail network is now hard to imagine. It’s like trying to explain to your kids what life was like before the internet. We take it for granted. Yet in the background there is a great deal of scoping, research, negotiations, and planning across a range of stakeholders that ultimately enables our network to grow.
The strategy - I like that stuff and nothing is more rewarding than seeing it come to fruition. I love the fact that it’s true full circle community benefit. Through the spirit and generosity of a few, gifting easements and access through private property the community gains so much.
The strategic vision of the Trust is also so exciting, continually striving for expanded trails delivering different experiences for the ever expanding demographic of trail user.
As Queenstown emerges from the pandemic our visitor mix is very likely to change, trending globally to experiential travels. The network offers the perfect delivery and I’m confident that it will underscore the primary reason for many visitors to choose to explore our region. This in turn will stimulate related new commerce and opportunities, most likely characterful, boutique and authentic further enhancing the reputation of our district and the fabric of our community.
As a Trustee and having the opportunity to help shape that is a real privilege, knowing that future generations of residents and visitors will get such enjoyment from spending time in our special part of the world brings a smile to every outing.
If you like the sound of working with Andy and being a community advocate for trails in the district, find out more about becoming a Queenstown Trails Trust trustee. Applications close 10th October 2021.