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Government makes Three Waters Reform mandatory

Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta has today announced that the Government’s proposed Three Waters Reform Programme will become mandatory effective 1 July 2024, creating a new four-entity structure that would manage water services across New Zealand.

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Government makes Three Waters Reform mandatory

Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta has today announced that the Government’s proposed Three Waters Reform Programme will become mandatory effective 1 July 2024, creating a new four-entity structure that would manage water services across New Zealand.

Containers at rail yard

Councillors approve $2.33 million to relocate rail hub

Ashburton District Council will contribute $2.33 million towards relocating Ashburton’s rail container terminal from the middle of town to Fairton.

Cute puppy

Dog owners' quick reference to new Dog Control Policy and Bylaw adopted

The Company Road Dog Exercise Area was added to Ashburton District Council’s official list of dog exercise areas when the Dog Control Bylaw and Dog Control Policy was adopted earlier this week.

Damaged road surface on Thompsons Track

Part of Thompsons Track to close for rehabilitation work

A 1.7km section of Thompsons Track will be closed for six weeks from 1 November so the road surface can be dug out, widened and strengthened.

Smiths City stays

An independent commissioner has granted Tricroft Properties a four-year resource consent for Smiths City to operate from premises in West Street Ashburton which is zoned Business C in the District Plan.

District's vaccination rates rise after Super Saturday

Ashburton District Council was among the top five local territorial authorities to improve vaccination rates on Super Saturday and Mayor Neil Brown is pleased.

Civic centre construction site

Final ground floor concrete pour this week

Contractors working on the Ashburton District Council’s new library and civic building will this week undertake a delicate concrete pour inside the heritage-listed Pioneer Hall, which is being incorporated into the new facility.

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From the Mayor & CE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Keep up the vaccination momentum

The response by people in the Ashburton District to Super Saturday was great to see - almost nine out of every 10 people eligible for the vaccine in our district have had their first dose and more than half are now fully vaccinated with two doses.


MAYOR: Planning for covid ... and well beyond

Vaccination is the only game in town at the moment as we gear up for a confrontation with the highly-transmissible Delta strain.


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Upcoming meetings

Council

15 December 2021, 1.00 pm


Council

1 December 2021, 1.00 pm


BOARD: Methven Community

29 November 2021, 10.30 am


Council

17 November 2021, 1.00 pm


COMMITTEE: Audit & Risk

10 November 2021, 1.30 pm


Road Closures

FESTIVAL OF PIPE BAND MUSIC

from 13 Feb 12:30 to 13 Feb 13:30


EAST STREET + BURNETT STREET

from 27 Nov 11:00 to 27 Nov 22:00


LE BRETONS ROAD

from 21 Nov 8:30 to 21 Nov 17:30


THOMPSONS TRACK

from 15 Nov 5:00 to 22 Nov 18:00


ELIZABETH AVENUE

from 14 Nov 19:00 to 16 Nov 6:00


What's On

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

Alerts & advisories

VIDEO: Strong winds and heaving rain warnings issued for Ashburton District / Canterbury region

MetService has issued a red warning for strong winds for the Canterbury high country and foothills area. This is based upon expected winds gusts of up to 160km/h and is forecast to be stronger than the winds overnight Thursday/Friday.

Council Services at "Delta" Level 2

Mid Canterbury residents and visitors are being advised that Council's local facilities and services will resume normal operations this week after the country (excluding Auckland) goes into Alert Level Two from midnight tonight, but there will be some new Delta variant safety measures and restrictions in place.

Council services at Alert Level 3

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday has announced that everywhere south of the Auckland boundary will move to Alert Level 3 from 11.59 pm Tuesday 31 August. This measure will remain in place for one week and will be reassessed on 6 September.

Council services at Alert Level 4

UPDATE: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that all of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59 pm Tuesday, 24 August 2021. This is in response to a community outbreak in Auckland which has been linked to the Delta variant earlier this week. Only essential services are

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Project News

Ashburton Relief Sewer project update 15 October 2021

Ashburton Relief Sewer

Contractors working on the Ashburton Relief Sewer (ARS) line have re-opened the intersection of Beach Road East and Milton Road South after laying the wastewater pipe across the road.

Mockup of the CBD Revitalisation project

Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project Update 8 October 2021

CBD Revitalisation

The CBD project is progressing extremely well with 90% of the work now complete so the end is in sight and the town is really starting to open up again.

Mockup of the CBD Revitalisation project

Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project Update for week of 6 September 2021

CBD Revitalisation

Contractors have made good progress on East Street under Alert Level 3 and are now allowing some vehicles in the CBD as more shops and businesses re-open under Alert Level 2.

Ashburton Relief Sewer Project Update 2 September 2021

Ashburton Relief Sewer

Work on the Ashburton Relief Sewer (ARS) line has re-commenced following the Covid 19 Level 4 lockdown when the contractors were unable to operate. With work recommencing, the intersection closure on Beach Road East/Beach Road will be put in place from Thursday, 2 September. The overall project remains on track

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Tenders

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

Women looking at history boards

Ashburton Museum: Women's Institute memories on show

Museum

Displays by Mid Canterbury Women’s Institute branches have pride of place in the Ashburton Museum this spring with a special display celebrating their efforts since 1930.

Ashburton Library staff on red carpet

Red carpet rolled out at Ashburton Public Library

Library

People visiting the Ashburton Public Library today were treated to some movie glitz and glamour when staff dressed up for their turn on the red carpet.

Library click and collect service intends to keep people reading during lockdown

Library

Ashburton Public Library is running a click and collect lending service while under Alert Level 3.

VIDEO: Hakatere Home and Heritage exhibition

Museum

Ashburton Museum has been receiving some fabulous feedback about its Hakatere: Home and Heritage exhibition, which will have pride of place at the museum until the end of September.

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Live consultations

House drawn on Post-it Note

Resource Management Notifications

From December 1, 2031 to December 1 2031

Parking in our district

From September 8, 2021 to October 6 2021

Closed consultations

Future of Grove Street Park

From August 6, 2021 to September 7 2021

Excited Puppy on leash

Draft Dog Control Bylaw & Policy

From June 11, 2021 to July 11 2021

Long Term Plan 2021-31 Have Your Say Banner

Long Term Plan 2021-31

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Ashburton Memorial

Development and Financial Contributions Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Coins & Bar Graphs

Rates Remission Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

Hands Piling in for team celebration

Community Engagement Policy

From March 19, 2021 to April 19 2021

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