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Mayor Donna Favel, and Chief Executive Hamish Riach, contribute articles to the Ashburton Courier and Ashburton Guardian on a number of topical issues.
I read in The Guardian’s 135th birthday supplement that in 1988 several hundred people packed the Holyoake Auditorium for a meeting on the district’s economic future. What a tremendous turnout. It would be fantastic if Mid Canterbury’s 20 year Strategic Economic Vision - currently out for community feedback - receives the same level of support, if not more.
The overwhelming electoral mandate the Government received on 20 September should result in some long overdue progress on reforms aimed at improving local government.
There's been much discussion about the Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, and rightly so. Complex legal issues, construction delays and building changes have seen the project’s final total cost amount to $9.7m.
Ashburton District Council owns 142 investment properties. Sixteen of them include rural land that excludes improvements (improvements are things like buildings, fences and pasture establishment). We refer to this as L.E.I. land.
Tomorrow at 12.15pm we’ll come together to remember Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland who were killed by a gunman at Ashburton’s Work and Income office last Monday.
The Government’s Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) determines the amount of funding it will make available for roading maintenance and renewal.
I recently had the pleasure of awarding dozens of local people national certificates for becoming 2014 Industry Training Graduates at a celebratory event held by Grow Mid Canterbury.
Over the past two to three years we have averaged at least a 30 per cent turnover of council Chief Executive Officers in New Zealand. The changes come through retirement, earlier departure for one reason or another, or failure to gain re-appointment.
The collection and disposal of rubbish and recycling is one of those services we sometimes take for granted. We don’t tend to give it much thought as week in week out what we put out for collection is taken away and dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Local Government New Zealand and law firm Simpson Grierson have just carried out a survey of what mayors and chairs of local councils think are the major issues facing their communities and councils.
For those of you who are keen rugby supporters, the news that three All Blacks will be coming to Ashburton on August 7 to mix and mingle with fans is pretty exciting.
Grants to external organisations are a significant and growing part of the council’s annual budget. In the coming year over $2 million will be paid to organisations in the district to provide services for our community.
It is great to see Rakaia featuring on a newly-launched set of New Zealand postage stamps this month, named the Legendary Landmarks stamp issue.
In one form or another, Ashburton District Council has been around for quite some time. The first Ashburton Road Board was formed in 1864. It will come as no surprise that over those 150 years the council has acquired a lot of information relevant to the district and its administration.
The annual plan process – like any other community engagement the council carries out – is one that requires a careful balancing act on council’s behalf, listening to what the community needs and expects and balancing this with keeping rates affordable.
Every year the Auditor-General (Lyn Provost) reports to Parliament on the results of audits conducted on New Zealand’s local authorities. Alongside the specialist one-off investigations her Office undertakes into the local government sector, all councils annual reporting information is audited. This is to give the public and Central Government a level of confidence in council performance and accountability.
For those contemplating standing for local government, unless extraordinary vacancies occur, there is plenty time to think about it. The next election is not until Saturday 8 October 2016.
Last week I had the pleasure of spending some time at the New Zealand tourism industry’s most important international trade event, TRENZ, where leading tourism operators and international tourism buyers come together each year to network and do business.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)review of historic Financial Assistance Rates (FARs) which determine the percentage of funding the Government gives us each year to spend on our local roads has been at the top of the Council’s advocacy list.
The much-anticipated appointment of Christchurch City Council’s new CEO, Dr Karleen Edwards, is great news and important for the whole of Canterbury, not just for Christchurch.