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Rubbish dumped illegally

Illegal dumping at Rakaia River causes concern

Council is appealing to members of the Rakaia community for help to stop illegal dumping around the Rakaia River bed.

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Chief Executive Hamish Riach

CE Hamish Riach: Spotlight on our green spaces

Our hugely successful Glow in the Park event last weekend provides some good talking points for two pieces of work that we are currently seeking feedback on from the community.

UPDATE: Short disruption to Methven water supply on 8 June

There will be a short disruption to the water supply in Methven for one hour between 10pm and 11pm on Thursday 8 June to allow for testing of the second new reservoir.

Seat in the Ashburton domain

Love your parks: Share your thoughts on our reserves and green spaces

Residents are being asked to share what they love about their local parks and reserves, as Ashburton District Council begins work on an updated plan for managing green spaces in the district.

Teen learning to drive forklift

Morning tea shout to mark students' progress at forklift training

Sixteen local secondary school students have passed their first test in becoming proficient forklift operators, and Ashburton District Deputy Mayor Liz McMillan shouted them morning tea on Friday to celebrate.

Mayor Neil Brown

MAYOR: Heating up our economic plan

I hope you’ve all got your winter woollies ready for this weekend’s Glow in the Park because the light shows, food and entertainment will be well worth the effort of going out on a winter’s evening.

Sign for recycling laptops

Donate your old laptop, for a good cause

Do you have a laptop sitting around the house, less than 10 years old with a charger, that you don’t use any more?

Wheelie bins lined up at kerb

Council services over King's Birthday weekend

The public holiday over King’s Birthday weekend will see temporary changes to some Council services and facilities.

Landfill sign

Bike track over landfill closed, new route planned

Mt Ash will be off limits for users of the Ashburton River mountain bike track from Monday 29 May when contractors begin remediation work on the town’s old landfill.

Wastewater project sign

NW Ashburton wastewater extension project moves to final stage

Contractors will return to Allens Road at the end of May to begin the final stage of the North West Ashburton wastewater extension project.

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Council Brief

A weekly roundup of our top news and important notices. Council Brief is published every Thursday in the Ashburton Courier, Ashburton Guardian and on this website.

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Public Notices

Current public notices can be found here.

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From the Mayor & CE

CE: Growing in our library space

If you needed a reminder about the growing reach of modern libraries, then the agenda from a recent Council Activity Briefing is a great place to start.

MAYOR: Heating up our economic plan

I hope you’ve all got your winter woollies ready for this weekend’s Glow in the Park because the light shows, food and entertainment will be well worth the effort of going out on a winter’s evening.

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Upcoming meetings

BOARD: Methven Community

12 June 2023, 10.30 am

Council - Activity Briefings

21 June 2023, 9.30 am

COMMITTEE: Audit & Risk

21 June 2023, 1.30 pm


28 June 2023, 1.00 pm

BOARD: Methven Community

24 July 2023, 10.30 am

Road Closures


from 12 Jul 13:00 to 14 Jul 18:00


from 12 Jul 13:00 to 14 Jul 18:00


from 12 Jul 13:00 to 15 Jul 17:00


from 12 Jul 13:00 to 15 Jul 17:00

from 20 Jan 6:00 to 16 Feb 18:00

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Ashburton District Council Events

Exhibition | Indigo

Ashburton Art Gallery

Indigo is a Central Otago based collaboration of eight artists featuring Luke Anthony, Shaun Burdon, Judy Cockeram, Rachel Hirabayashi, Megan Huffadine,...

Exhibition | Rachel Ratten

Ashburton Art Gallery

Despite being an avid quilter for 20 years, Timaru-based artist Rachel Ratten is more widely known as a painter and printmaker. Since completing...

Talk It Up Tuesdays

Ashburton District Council

Got feedback on local issues? A matter to raise with Council?You can't miss "Talk it Up Tuesdays"We want to hear your ideas for making positive...

Paint Along with Bob Ross for Teens

Ashburton Public Library

Come along and have a go at painting, following a YouTube video of artist Bob Ross.Places are limited and bookings are essential.

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What's On

With a diverse range of events and activities on offer, there's always something on in Ashburton District!

Alerts & advisories

Further Notice of By-election for the Western Ward

The nomination period to fill the extraordinary vacancy for the Western Ward has now closed, with four candidates standing in the upcoming election.

Notice of 2022 Triennial Local Authority Elections

Official notice of the 2022 Triennial Local Authority Elections

Website Maintenance Ahead!

Some of our online EServices will be down for scheduled maintenance Saturday 26 March 2022 from 7am till 5pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Kettle boiling water

UPDATE: Precautionary boil water notice lifted for Methven

UPDATE 18 February: Methven’s boil water notice has been lifted.

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Project News

Ashburton civic square and garden

Contract awarded for Baring Square East refresh

Baring Square East Upgrade

A $2.45 million contract to redevelop Baring Square East has been awarded to Tru-Line Civil, the same contractor who worked on the revitalisation of Ashburton’s CBD.

Trench for wastewater pipe

Good progress continues on wastewater project

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

Farm Road, between Middle Road and Racecourse Road, will be closed for 12 days from Wednesday 2 November as contractors move early into the next stage of the North West Ashburton wastewater project.

Road with restricted speed sign

Good progress on NW Ashburton wastewater project

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

Contractors working on the $3.285 million North West Ashburton wastewater project are ahead of schedule and have moved from Allens Road to Carters Road.

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Wastewater project extends network into north-west Ashburton

North West Ashburton Waste Water Servicing

Work begins this week on a nine-month project to expand Ashburton’s wastewater pipe network into the north-west part of town.

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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

Preparing art gallery for exhibition

Gallery prepares for ASA annual exhibition and visitors


The Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum is preparing for one of its busiest times of the year, when it hosts the Ashburton Society of Arts' annual exhibition.

person reading a book by a fire

Winter reading challenge for Ashburton library users


Winter, with its cooler days and long nights, is the perfect time to cosy up with a good book. So why not tackle that want-to-read list, step out of your genre comfort zone or try a new author?

Origami peace cranes

Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum: Help us make 1000 origami peace cranes


Everyone who visits the Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum over the next few weeks will be invited to make an origami crane for peace.

Sports facility

EANC survey to help shape future services

EA Networks Centre

EA Networks Centre has launched a survey to collect people’s thoughts on the facility and look at how it might serve the needs of the community in the future.

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Live consultations

House drawn on Post-it Note

Resource Management Notifications

From December 1, 2031 to December 1 2031

Love Your Parks

From June 6, 2023 to July 7 2023

Draft Economic Development Strategy

From May 22, 2023 to June 18 2023

Draft Transportation and Parking Bylaw

From April 13, 2023 to May 14 2023

Closed consultations

Draft Alfresco Dining Policy

From September 23, 2022 to October 23 2022

Draft Interim Speed Management Plan

From September 12, 2022 to October 16 2022

Draft Stormwater Bylaw 2022

From August 18, 2022 to September 18 2022

Draft Ashburton Airport Development Plan

From July 29, 2022 to August 30 2022

Draft Waste Minimisation and Management Plan

From May 23, 2022 to June 23 2022

Draft Trading in Public Places Bylaw

From May 23, 2022 to June 23 2022

Draft Play, Active Recreation and Sport Strategy

From April 21, 2022 to May 22 2022

Draft Annual Plan 2022-23

From April 7, 2022 to May 6 2022

Future of Lake Camp and Lake Clearwater

From February 2, 2021 to March 13 2021

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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