The Cromwell Community Board has significant large scale projects — the town hall rebuild in the heritage precinct and rejuvenation of the town centre and mall — to tackle over the next three years, its newly elected members have been told.

The community board met for its inaugural meeting last week , a week after illness forced its postponement.

There were some familiar faces around the table as returning members Anna Harrison, Bob Scott and Central Otago District councillors Cheryl Laws and Neil Gillespie were sworn in for another term.

Mrs Harrison was reappointed board chairwoman with Mr Scott named deputy chairman.

Newcomers Mary McConnell and Cr Sarah Browne also joined the board, making their declarations of office.

The community board normally comprises seven members — four elected from within the Cromwell Ward, and three appointed councillors from the ward.

Cr Browne’s election to the Central Otago District Council saw her community board seat vacated, triggering a byelection. Nominations open at the end of November and close December 12 at noon.

Voting will take place between late January and mid February 2023, with the intention of having the new member sworn in for the March meeting.