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Tuesday 31 December, 2019
Twenty-nineteen has been a productive year for the Council as we've worked to deliver upgrades and core services for the community.
In addition to our usual services and activities, we've worked hard to improve important infrastructure, plan ahead for growth in our district, attract investment and do our best to make the Ashburton District an even greater place to live, work and play.
We have completed an important extension of the Ashburton Cemetery on Seafield Road, which ensures that the town's burial and remembrance needs will be met for the next 40 years. Additional land earmarked for work will extend this to 80 years.
Plans are progressing for the $1 million Rakaia Salmon Site upgrades. New toilets, lighting, playground equipment and signage will really help revamp this space and ensure the facilities can continue to meet visitors' and residents' needs.
Earlier in the year, residents helped us to decide on the budget for the new Ashburton Library and Civic Centre, and it was very pleasing to see so many people having their say on such an important community asset. The site on the corner of Havelock Street and Baring Square East has been cleared and work is progressing on the designs.Roading has continued to be one of our biggest priorities. Some notable projects undertaken this year were upgrading a 5.15km section of Poplar Road outside Hinds from shingle to seal, rehabilitating 700m of Beach Road in Ashburton, and rehabilitating a 550m section of Seafield Road, just to name a few.
Looking ahead, there are a few exciting projects and activities on the horizon for the New Year.
The physical work to revitalise the Ashburton CBD streetscape will kick off in early 2020, which is intended to help reinforce the importance of the CBD and attract businesses back into town.
There is also the 2020 national Sister Cities Conference which is coming to Ashburton in April. This major event poses great potential for investment and opportunities, plus the economic benefit of people coming to stay and spend in our district.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked with the Council these last 12 months to make our district a great place; from the Mayor, Councillors and staff, to government agencies, businesses and community groups and volunteers, to our advisors, contractors and suppliers, and of course to all residents right across our district who have taken the time to provide important feedback, whether through formal consultations or reporting issues to us. Your contributions make a big difference.
I hope 2020 has great things in store for you and your family.