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At last week’s Finance and Business Support meeting, Council
signed off on the four Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for the largest grants,
with Safer Ashburton District, Ashburton Art Gallery, Aoraki Environmental
Consultancy, and the Ashburton Trust Event Centre.
An SLA is an agreement between the Ashburton District Council
and the service provider about what they will deliver for the funding provided
and how they will measure their performance. Organisations that receive
more than $100,000 of funding from the Council, or organisations that
have entered into a new agreement with Council, require an SLA.
It presents a clear direction for the organisation, provides clarity
about what Council expects from them, and allows adjustments to be
made in line with inflation and requests made through the LTP.
Safer Ashburton District received additional funding this year to
lead the accreditation process for the district to become recognised as a Safe
Community. The Ashburton Art Gallery received additional funding for staffing and
Ashburton Trust Event Centre received adjustments for inflation. Council and
Aoraki Environmental Consultancy are developing their working relationship but
expect that this will transition into a
formal contractual agreement within the next year.
With Council funding, these organisations are able to cover
essential overhead costs and provide services that benefit people at all ages
and stages of life. As with many organisations in Mid Canterbury, volunteers
are an integral part of the success of these agencies. From helping usher
patrons to their seats during events at Ashburton Trust Event Centre, to
giving up their time to teach domestic and life skills to young families at
Safer Ashburton District, volunteer efforts help keep our community
ticking. Their contribution also helps to provide even further value for money
for ratepayers in the district.
I look forward to
seeing the results of this year’s SLAs, how our community will benefit from
them and the relationships strengthen with these organisations