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Mayor Neil Brown, and Chief Executive Hamish Riach, contribute articles to the Ashburton Courier and Ashburton Guardian on a number of topical issues.
When the country counts down in unison and the New Year fireworks light up the Auckland skyline in two weeks, the celebrations will likely be accompanied by a collective sigh of relief.
We are now just a couple of weeks away from the holidays and things are really starting to wrap up around the district as we get ready for a new year.
Last Saturday, Christmas arrived in town at our fourth annual Light Up the Night event in Baring Square East and by all reports, it was a fantastic night for all involved.
Some important changes are coming for the Council next year that will impact how decisions are made about our community.
It’s hard to believe that another 12 months is fast coming to a close, and that means Christmas is almost upon us.
One of the great things about Mid Canterbury is our amazing outdoors: the scenic experiences and diverse topography that allows for a range of activities, no matter your abilities.
The Ashburton Domain has a long and treasured legacy in our district’s history and last week, the future of this much-loved facility was sealed with the adoption of a 30-year strategic plan.
Next week, there is a great opportunity at the Ashburton Club & MSA for people looking to take the next step in their career or to expand their business, but you’ll need to register to attend by this Friday, 30 October.
If you’ve got the feeling 2020 has had a lead foot this last few months, you’re not alone: we seem to have entered the tail-end of the year at pace. For Council, this month represents one year since our new term of Council was sworn in.
At any one time, there are often several major projects underway in our district working to deliver new and improved services or infrastructure for residents.
These past two months, Mid Canterbury’s recycling service – like many across the country, has changed.
Many of you will have seen the great news at the weekend that several Mid Canterbury facilities have received Government funding for repairs and renovations, and I’m very pleased for what this will mean for our communities.
One of the great things about our local democracy is the ability – and right, of residents to have their say on the proposals and decisions that will govern them.
Right now, we as a community have an opportunity to thank these selfless volunteers through the Community Honours Awards, and I am encouraging everyone to nominate an organisation or person they know who deserves to be recognised.
We are now approaching the end of what is a very important opportunity to influence the future of our district and I want to encourage as many people as possible to get in and make their voice count while they can.
In exciting news this past week, you’ll have seen that a significant milestone has been reached with the new Ashburton Library & Civic Centre, and it is one that paves the way for the project to start moving from plans to reality
The re-emergence of COVID-19 community transmission in Auckland last Wednesday was undoubtedly a disappointing – and for some, stressful development.
Every three years, the Council decides what projects and activities it will fund and deliver over the coming 10 years.
we received very exciting news about the new Ashburton Library & Civic Centre project, with the announcement that the Government will be putting $20 million towards the $51.6 million facility.
Several months on from the extraordinary events that pushed our community and economy into complete lockdown, it has been promising to see the necessary support and information coming in to help our business community prepare and reposition to get through these challenging times.