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Glad to be back . . . Steve (Boko) Dixon has been elected to the Mataura Community Board. PHOTO: FILES

Delighted to be elected back on to the Mataura Community Board, Steve (Boko) Dixon knows he is bringing a lot of experience to the panel.

Mr Dixon said he was no stranger to the council and was looking forward to the next three years.

“I’ve still got the zeal for it and hope to be around for not only the next three years, but many more.”

With his years of experience, knowing how the system worked and being aware of what the inefficiencies were, Mr Dixon said he believed the bigger problem in Mataura was the youth.

“In the last three to four years problems have evolved with our youth. We need to start to look at how we can sort them out.”

The whole board was on the same page, he said.

It was “so sad to see young teens wearing gang patches,” he said.

“Firstly, we need to have a community meeting with the mayor, deputy mayor, local police, and other interested parties to look at what we can do to help the youth around our town.

“It’s not just Mataura. Anything we implement affects the whole community.

“In doing that we can begin to address the problems starting to affect the district.