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Students walking safely through roadworks

From Waka Kotahi: eStops back in use on Monday

Motorists travelling through roadworks at the intersection of Walnut and West Street/SH1 are being reminded that eStops will be operational again from Monday as the new school year begins.

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Students walking safely through roadworks

From Waka Kotahi: eStops back in use on Monday

Motorists travelling through roadworks at the intersection of Walnut and West Street/SH1 are being reminded that eStops will be operational again from Monday as the new school year begins.

History plaques for CBD

New street plaques tell story of CBD over time

Four special street plaques telling stories of Ashburton’s central business area past are to be erected on East Street soon, as part of a collaborative history project.

Refresher course for older drivers

Ashburton’s older drivers are being encouraged to sign up for a refresher course aimed at helping them stay independent and driving for as long as possible.

Bags of litter collected by volunteers

Litter-free volunteers help keep town clean

Volunteers that help keep Ashburton looking spick and span are gearing up for another busy year, with the first rubbish pick-up day on Thursday 10 February.

Art Gallery & Heritage Centre

Heritage Centre building remedial work progressing

A crane will be at the Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum beginning on Wednesday (26 January) to lift two water tanks onto the roof of the heritage centre building.

Red traffic light covid settings in place

Council services at Red, mostly business as usual

The move to COVID-19 Protection Framework Red will see little change for Ashburton District Council services as they operated under Orange, with the exception of new numbers limits at the Tinwald pool and parts of the EA Networks Centre.

Baches at Lake Clearwater

Views sought on future development at Lakes Camp and Clearwater

Community views will be sought soon for a 30-year plan being developed for Lakes Camp and Clearwater.

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From the Mayor & CE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Planning for more normal times

It may feel a little like standing on the edge of a covid precipice, but there’s still work to be done.

Mayor: Navigating Omicron and Three Waters Reform

It seems we are all on tenterhooks waiting for Omicron to explode around the country, and that can be an exhausting and frustrating state of play.

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Upcoming meetings

COMMITTEE: Audit & Risk

9 February 2022, 1.30 pm

Council - Activity Briefings

9 February 2022, 9.30 am


2 February 2022, 1.00 pm

ADVISORY GROUP: Biodiversity

1 February 2022, 1.00 pm

COMMITTEE: Road Safety Co-Ordinating

1 February 2022, 9.30 am

Road Closures


from 1 Apr 8:00 to 3 Apr 16:30


from 7 Mar 7:00 to 11 Mar 18:00


from 28 Feb 7:00 to 3 Mar 18:00


from 26 Feb 8:00 to 26 Feb 18:00


from 7 Feb 6:00 to 7 Feb 18:00

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What's On

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

Alerts & advisories

Montalto residents reminded to boil water, E.Coli detected

Residents connected to the Montalto water supply are being reminded to boil their drinking water before use, after the Council detected E.coli in the supply today.

Kettle boiling water

Precautionary boil water notice issued for Mount Somers

UPDATE AS OF MONDAY 20 DECEMBER 11.30 AM: The precautionary boil water notice in place for the Mt Somers supply has been lifted.

December 2021 Weather Event Updates

Watch this page for continued updates on weather impacts in the district.

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.

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Project News

Mockup of the CBD Revitalisation project

CBD update for week of 15 November 2021

CBD Revitalisation

The project’s end is fast approaching with 95+% of the work now complete and on track for the bulk of the project to be finished as planned by 22 November!

New library and civic building gifted two Maori names by Arowhenua

Library & Civic Centre

Ashburton District Council has accepted two Maori names, gifted by Arowhenua, for the new library and civic building. The library will be known as Te Pataka o ka Tuhituhi and the civic centre as Te Waharoa a Hine Paaka.

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.

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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

Author Abbas Nazari

Abbas Nazari at the Ashburton Library: Tale of a Tampa refugee


Ashburton Library is hosting two public sessions on Monday 6 December with author and former Afghan refugee Abbas Nazari, who fled the Taliban in 2001.

Personal trainer and child

EANC helping mums safely return to fitness

EA Networks Centre

EA Networks Centre is spreading the word about a special service to help women exercise safely after having a baby.

Ashburton Public Library front

New library digital service adds streaming movies and music, eBooks, and more


Ashburton Public Library has added the content streaming service hoopla digital to its services, so patrons can read eBooks, watch movies and hit TV series plus listen to audiobooks and music for free by using their library card.

Ashburton's first disc golf course now open

EA Networks Centre

The opening weekend of Ashburton’s new disc golf course saw 110 full rounds completed and a big smile on the face of course organiser Polly Hill.

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Live consultations

House drawn on Post-it Note

Resource Management Notifications

From December 1, 2031 to December 1 2031

Future of Lake Camp & Lake Clearwater

From February 2, 2021 to March 13 2021

Closed consultations

Property Leases and Licences Policy - Stage 1

From November 5, 2021 to December 5 2021

Parking in our district

From September 8, 2021 to October 6 2021

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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