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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.
From the start of next month, a little extra care will need to be taken when sorting your rubbish and recycling. Along with the usual clean paper, cardboard, cans and tins, only certain hard plastics will be allowed in the yellow recycling bin. All other plastics and lids will have to go in rubbish.
One aspect I find incredibly valuable about sitting around the Council table is being able to hear from our community and seeking their opinions on a range of proposals for our district. Last week, we had one such opportunity with the Speed Limit Review hearing, and it was a really beneficial experience with some great contributions.
I was really pleased to read this week that the Mt Hutt ski field experienced its busiest June day on record on Sunday (21 June), following up on an already outstanding record turnout on opening weekend.
It's been great seeing many of Council's formally restricted or postponed activities resume as normal these past two weeks. Our first Activity Briefings since before the lockdowns was held last Thursday with Councillors...
Well we did it, everyone. The months of sacrifices, the funerals or celebrations we missed, the extra effort we went to to keep our distance and be hygienic: it has been rewarded this week with the move to Alert Level One.
Last weekend was our first public holiday since the coronavirus lockdowns that we’ve been able to move around and enjoy ourselves like many usually would in ordinary circumstances. For the first time in quite some time, many of us experienced another level of normalcy in our lives as we continue on our journey to eradicate COVID-19 and recover from the economic repercussions.
Few would have thought on 1 January that this brand new decade would quickly usher in huge pandemic and financial turmoil on a global scale.
One of the really remarkable things to come out of our country’s response to COVID-19 that I’ve really admired has been the way everyone has worked together to get through. We’ve often heard the reference about our team of five-million, and for the vast majority it appears we are doing everything we can to protect each other, which is fantastic to see.
I’m sure many breathed a little sigh of relief on Monday when the Prime Minister announced that the country would progressively move to an Alert Level Two from today.
I am so pleased to see that Mid Canterbury Open for Business now has more than 200 local businesses registered on the online directory and it continues to grow every day.
Yesterday morning, the country took an important step in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as lockdown restrictions eased ever so slightly.
For four weeks now, we have all been doing our bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, keeping in our bubbles and washing our hands regularly and thoroughly.
The financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a very real impact on people and businesses all around our community. The Council too is very aware of the economic pressures many are now facing, which has led to an important change to rates for the 2020/21 year.
It’s now been almost one full week since starting our new temporary way of life in lockdown, and I must say that on the whole, our community is doing a good job of adjusting.
The events unfolding around the country, especially in this past week have been rapid and confronting. We are now in unprecedented times that require us – more than ever, to be united as a community and country to work through the challenges of COVID-19. With a Level Four alert now in place for at least the next four weeks, we must all be doing our part to slow the spread of this disease.
As the impacts of coronavirus CONVID-19 continue to unfold each day, we are all assessing our own situations and thinking about what we need to do to best prepare and protect ourselves and the wider community.
Sitting around the Council table is an immense privilege and one that brings a great deal of responsibility – not only for our district as it is now but also for generations to come. The Ashburton District is very fortunate to have a number of crucial projects underway that will help set us up for the future and I'm honored to be a part of the decision-making team that helps brings those projects to life.
The Ashburton Domain is undoubtedly one of our most important local facilities. Looking back over the years, it's provided many great memories like Christmas events, sporting tournaments and days spent with the family in the playground, but now we are turning our eyes to the future and looking ahead to what the Domain could be over the next 30 years.
Ashburton's new Library and Civic Centre is one of our district's most important infrastructure projects to be completed over the next two years, and I'm pleased to report that progress is tracking along on schedule.
Take a walk into the Ashburton CBD these days and its clear the area is quickly transforming before our eyes.
There are several brand new buildings that are in various stages of construction or have been completed.