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Glow in the Park celebrates 100 years for EA Networks

EA Networks has partnered with Ashburton District Council to celebrate 100 years of serving the community by staging a three-day lighting spectacle in the Ashburton Domain.

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Glow in the Park celebrates 100 years for EA Networks

EA Networks has partnered with Ashburton District Council to celebrate 100 years of serving the community by staging a three-day lighting spectacle in the Ashburton Domain.

Rural road in Ashburton district

Council awards $2.3m contract for rehab on Thompsons Track and Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road

Sections of two of the most well-used rural roads in the Ashburton District will be upgraded as part of a $2.3 million road rehabilitation contract awarded last week.

Council fast tracks Methven water treatment upgrades

Ashburton District Councillors have approved up to $9.4 million to improve Methven’s drinking water – an upgrade that will commission detailed plans for a new membrane treatment plant, and build two new reservoirs to help meet peak demand on the scheme.

New mowers set for spring growth

A new tractor and four new mowers will create significant efficiencies this spring when the grass growing season begins.

Pudding Hill Stream bridge to close for five days for emergency repair work

Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road at the Pudding Hill stream bridge will be closed for five days next week for emergency repair work on the bridge and bridge approach.

Community event, heritage and creative communities funding available now

Individuals and groups with upcoming projects in the heritage, creative communities or community event space are being invited to apply for funding.

Ashburton District Community Honours awards: Nominations open now

Nominations are being sought for the 2021 Community Honours Awards, which recognise individuals and/or organisations who have carried out meritorious voluntary community service in the Ashburton District.

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From the Mayor & CE

Chief Executive: Time to back our businesses

The health of a district’s economy can often be seen in the number of businesses that trade within its boundaries - from farmers to manufacturers to coffee shops.

MAYOR: Methven water treatment upgrades on Council agenda

Rain at the weekend caused more issues for those on the Methven and Methven Springfield water schemes but planned upgrades mean boil water notices might become a thing of the past.

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Upcoming meetings

ADVISORY GROUP: Biodiversity

3 August 2021, 1.00 pm


3 August 2021, 9.30 am


29 July 2021, 9.00 am


28 July 2021, 1.00 pm


27 July 2021, 4.00 pm

Road Closures


from 11 Sep 8:00 to 11 Sep 17:00


from 18 Aug 6:00 to 19 Aug 0:00


from 2 Aug 4:30 to 6 Aug 18:00


from 11 Jul 6:00 to 12 Jul 0:00


from 14 Jun 7:00 to 19 Jul 17:00

What's On

With so many events, festivals and markets, you're never short of something to do around Mid Canterbury!

Alerts & advisories

Kettle boiling water

Methven boil water notice lifted, remains in place for Methven-Springfield water supply

The boil water notice in place for the Methven Water Supply has been lifted. Water quality on the Methven-Springfield supply has continued to improve over the weekend however the boil water notice still remains in place.

Damage intake gallery

Methven township and Methven-Springfield on extended boil water notice due to weekend rain impact on intakes

Residents connected to the Methven and Methven-Springfield water schemes can expect boil water notices to last at least another seven days as sediment-laden flood water continues to infiltrate intake galleries.

Kettle boiling water

REMINDER Precautionary boil water notices in place for Methven Township and Methven Springfield water supplies

Council reminds residents that boil water notices are in place for the Methven and Methven Springfield water schemes, due to rain affecting the water quality.

Kettle boiling water

Precautionary boil water notice issued for Methven-Springfield

The Ashburton District Council has issued a precautionary boil water notice for the Methven-Springfield water supply, effective immediately.

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Project News

Ashburton Relief Sewer Project Update for the week of 2 August 2021

Ashburton Relief Sewer

Work on the Ashburton Relief Sewer (ARS) line is on track with Council contractors expected to finish trenching along Albert Street by the end of August.

Short Traffic Light at CBD intersection

CBD intersection at Havelock and East streets reopens

CBD Revitalisation

The traffic lights at the corner of Havelock and East Streets are back in action, though one of the signal boxes is only temporary. A smaller short-term signal has been installed on the south-east corner of the intersection so it can be fully open to traffic and pedestrians.

Mockup of the CBD Revitalisation project

Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project Update for the week of 7 July 2021

CBD Revitalisation

The Ashburton CBD streetscape upgrade is now 71 per cent complete, with work at the intersection of East and Havelock Streets due to finish next week. Here is the latest update on the work programme.

Students in hi-vis and hard hats

Trades students on ground floor of major build

Library & Civic Centre

A group of trades students from Ashburton College will have a unique view of the Ashburton District Council’s new Library and Civic Building.

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Portal used for advertising tenders and other commissioning requirements to the market. All processes through to contract award stage are manage in Tenderlink.

Facilities News

Group Fitness Instructor with class

New timetable adds more group fitness classes at EA Networks Centre

EA Networks Centre

A new timetable with more offerings for group fitness classes at Ashburton District Council's EA Networks Centre will get more hearts pumping, with the first classes now starting at 5.50am.

Happy family posing with traditional garbs

Hakatere: Home & Heritage to be celebrated at museum


Sixteen local families, connected through in a legacy book about the heritage of the Ashburton district, will have pride of place in the Ashburton Museum for the next three months.

Art Gallery & Heritage Centre

Ashburton Art Gallery and Ashburton Museum Merge as Council Managed Operation


The Ashburton Art Gallery will merge with the Ashburton Museum with one director now overseeing the combined in-house activity of the Ashburton District Council.

Wall Art created by children

Museum packs up Critters, Creatures, and Curiosities, prepares for Hakatere Home and Heritage


Ashburton Museum has been busy this week packing down its Critters, Creatures and Curiosities exhibition, which included a 100-year-old stag’s head donated to the Ashburton Historical Society in 1979.

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Live consultations

Excited Puppy on leash

Draft Dog Control Bylaw & Policy

From June 11, 2021 to July 11 2021

Small house on magnifying glass

Draft Open Spaces Bylaw

From June 11, 2021 to July 11 2021

House drawn on Post-it Note

Resource Management Notifications

From January 1, 2021 to January 1 2021

Closed consultations

Hands Piling in for team celebration

Community Engagement Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Coins & Bar Graphs

Rates Remission Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Ashburton Memorial

Development and Financial Contributions Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Long Term Plan 2021-31 Have Your Say Banner

Long Term Plan 2021-31

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

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