Community Response Forum engaging with our community

Ashburton District Council is supporting the Greater Canterbury Community Response Forum – a forum established by the Minister of Social Development - to consult with the key stakeholder agencies and residents of Ashburton to hear directly about social and wellbeing issues they face in their community.  

MSD's Community Response Model was set up to enable communities to have their say about the services and support they need, recognising that local people understand their communities best.

Council's Community Development Advisor Fleur Mulligan says the Council is encouraging as many of the district's residents as possible to take part in this consultation through different channels.

"The project engages with the public through face-to-face meetings and also allows those that can't attend these meetings to express their views through a community survey" says Ms. Mulligan. "It's important we get everyone involved as essentially, this is about the residents of Ashburton District."   

The survey was launched at the Ashburton A&P Show and survey kiosks are available at Council's reception, EA Networks Centre, Community House Mid Canterbury, and the library. The survey is also online or in hard copy at Council's reception. Residents have until 4 December to complete the survey.

The next public meeting is at 5.30pm on Tuesday 1 December in the Community Meeting Room adjoining the Council Chambers. Community Response Forum members will attend this meeting.

Findings from the community engagement and stakeholder meetings will be presented in a report by March 2016. This report will help inform the multi-agency Ashburton Community Plan which will replace the expired Social Wellbeing Strategy. 

People interested in this project are encouraged to contact Fleur Mulligan, Community Development Advisor on 307-7700.

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