Lister proud of Wedco legacy

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    Walter Lister

The appointment of a new head for Wedco came as no surprise for veteran politician Walter Lister, who had already signalled his desire to step down as chairman.

After serving for most of 14 years, Mr Lister said he had already told then-Premier Paula Cox that 2012 would be his last year.

Looking back on his tenure, Mr Lister called Wedco’s development of Heritage Wharf in tandem with Government a special challenge.

“We were able to become the golden boy for cruise ships,” Mr Lister said. “For many years, Dockyard was the ugly duckling. Once we did the second dock we very quickly developed into a beautiful swan.”

Heritage Wharf now falls under the purview of the Ministry of Public Works. Mr Lister said he was unfazed by controversy over the project.

“When I was there, it worked well,” he recalled. “There’s the dock, the retaining wall, and two acres of reclaimed land, which is never cheap. Everybody is focused on the dock but the reclaimed land is never talked about, and that was part of the cost as well.”

Asked if he would continue to advise the quango, Mr Lister said: “I’m always available to give advice. I still have opinions, mind you.”

He expressed pride in the development of Dockyard’s infrastructure, noting the special challenge of managing an area with business and residential components.

Mr Lister added that he took the job 100 years after his grandfather, James Walton Lister, came from St Kitts to Dockyard as a labourer in 1902.

“My father James Alfred Lister and eldest brother Alan Lister also worked there. So my family had a long connection.”

Mr Lister said he hadn’t retired, but spent last month visiting St Kitts with his wife Brenda, where he spoke on radio and television as part of National Trust month. Substantial numbers of Bermudians have Kittitian ancestry, and interest in Bermuda runs high in the island.

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Published Mar 11, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm)

Lister proud of Wedco legacy

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