Current consultation


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ashburton District Council engages with the community on a range of Council matters and projects through consultation and feedback.

Including community views as part of decision-making processes is an important way of ensuring residents can participate in decisions that impact on the current and future wellbeing of the community.

Current council projects and matters you can provide comment and feedback on are displayed below.​​​​​

Proposed Surface Water Strategy 2018

Council has prepared a draft Surface Water Strategy​ to detail how we will work with our community and other organisations to make our vision to sustainably manage our surface water resources a reality.

The strategy:

  • Defines "surface water" as lakes, rivers, springs, wetlands, rainfall and Council's water race network;
  • Provides information on the surface water systems Council manages and current work Council undertakes;
  • Identifies key issues around surface water management for consideration;
  • Sets out how Council will work with the community and stakeholders; and
  • Identifies activities Council will do over the next 10 years.

Consultation opens on 1 October and will close at 5pm on 4 November 2018. Read about the draft Strategy and fill in a submission form using the consultation booklet. Alternatively, you can complete a submission online​.


What is surface water?
The Strategy defines "surface water" as lakes, rivers, springs, associated wetlands, rainfall/stormwater and Council's water race network, but it does not include groundwater.

Why do we need the Strategy?
Council manages its water race network, Mill Creek/Wakanui Stream and stormwater networks in Ashburton, Methven and Rakaia townships. Council also works with several organisations to improve management of other freshwater resources. Council supports several community organisations by way of funding or providing in-house resourcing. Through its participation in the Ashburton Zone Committee's Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) Council has been working with Environment Canterbury, community groups and irrigation companies to meet its targets in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS)[1]

The Surface Water Strategy provides a strategic approach to collaboration with community and other interest groups, the future management of Council's water race network, other surface waterbodies and the stormwater network.

What does it cover?
The Strategy covers the surface water resources that are managed by Council. These include the water race network, Mill Creek/Wakanui Stream and stormwater networks in Ashburton, Methven and Rakaia townships.

The Strategy also supports the ongoing collaborative work Council participates in with a range of other organisations.

Who will implement it?
Council is the lead agency who will implement the strategy.  However it does not mean that Council will be the only organisation involved. Council will continue to work in partnership with other organisations to help it achieve the Strategy's vision.

What is the timeframe of the Strategy?
The Strategy is a long term document and will be implemented over 10 years. The Strategy also recognises that priorities and resourcing may change over 10 years and therefore identifies the need to monitor and review the implementation of the Strategy every three years. 

[1] The CWMS sets a collaborative regional approach for the sustainable management Canterbury's freshwater resources.​​

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