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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.
Electric scooters may soon be the new delivery vehicle for our local posties following a meeting of the country’s provincial and rural mayors and council chief executives.
On 30 October Ashburton District Council adopted its Annual Report for the 2013/14 financial year.
Next week I will have the pleasure of welcoming 20 new citizens to our district. It will be the seventh New Zealand citizenship ceremony Council has held this year.
The Canterbury earthquakes, and before these, major issues with the weather-tightness of new buildings have highlighted the need for public entities like our Council to carefully think about how we manage our risks.
There has been a lot of talk around town lately about the possibility of having a hydroslide at the EA Networks Centre.
Unfortunately for us, one or two of our residents or visitors to the district decide at certain times (often late at night) to vandalise our public assets.
Volunteering – it's a topic I'm very passionate about. In my role as Mayor I come across many Mid-Cantabrians who make an enormous contribution to our district through their valuable voluntary service.
The Council’s annual Residents Satisfaction Survey findings are reported to its Finance and Business Support Committee tomorrow. An independent research company, the National Research Bureau (NRB) carried out the phone survey in July this year. Four hundred Ashburton residents were interviewed.
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.