This week, voting for the Methven Community Board by-election opened, and eligible voters in Methven will have begun receiving their voting papers in the mail.
There is one vacancy to fill for the five-member board that was not filled during the triennial elections last year, and electors are now being asked to choose who their final representative will be. There are three candidates standing for election.
Just like the triennial elections, this by-election is by postal vote so if you live in Methven, you'll need to make sure you complete your ballot papers and drop them into the post no later than 13 February so that they will reach the Electoral Officer for counting by 12 noon, Tuesday 18 February.
To make things a little easier for residents, there will be a ballot box and special voting facilities available at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall on 14 February from 2pm to 5pm and on 18 February from 9am until 12 noon when voting closes. You're also welcome to pop into the Council office on any day during normal business hours to conduct a special vote or drop off your ballot papers.
Methven is the only community in our district with a Community Board. It advocates for the town's interests and allows local decision-making to be brought closer to residents. Make your voice heard on who should represent you on the Board by casting your vote by 12 noon, Tuesday 18 February.
Speaking of making your voice heard, the Council currently has two consultations open for community feedback. The first is proposed biodiversity and health and safety enhancements to Ashton Beach near the Ashburton River mouth, and the second is our Speed Limit Review, which proposes a number of speed limit changes to local roads all across our district.
Both consultations are open to everyone to have their say, and I urge you to a have a look through the proposals and tell us what you think. The Council wants to know if what we are proposing is the right decision, and if you have different ideas or suggestions.
The Ashton Beach Enhancement consultation is open until 5pm, 7 February, and our Speed Limit Review is welcoming feedback until 5pm, 8 March.