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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.
This week, the Council together with the Methven Community Board were very pleased to officially open the Methven Dog Park for residents and their four-legged friends.
In the previous week, residents will have noticed significant work happening in Ashburton as part of the new Ashburton Library and Civic Centre project.
With elections quickly approaching, this will be my final article in the Ashburton Guardian, and it gives me occasion to reflect on what has been.
In the past week, we were very pleased to learn that the Government will be investing $739,945 from its Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) to help Council upgrade the Rakaia Salmon site on State Highway One.
The Council regularly carries out work on our local infrastructure to keep our services operational and to improve them for residents. Very soon, you’ll have an easier way to learn exactly what that work is and when it will be completed, courtesy of our new project signage.
The Ashburton District is one of the best for quality of life and opportunities. In fact, we know from the recently commissioned New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) report that our district is the sixth most desired for business and twelfth for quality of life of 66 districts across the country.
Last week, the Ashburton District Council launched a new text/SMS alert service that allows residents to receive targeted text messages – free of charge, about critical services and issues in their area. To join, all you need to do is text your postcode to ‘4196’.
Representing your community is undoubtedly an incredible honour, and from my own experience, it is one that entails a great deal of responsibility and passion. One of my duties as Mayor is to lend my voice to the cause of the Ashburton District and its people, and to advocate for the resources that we need. Of late, this task has been particularly critical.
Preparing for winter usually involves a flurry of firewood deliveries, and we start pushing those summer clothes to the back of the closet in exchange for warmer layers. The preparation is all about keeping warm and comfortable, but this winter, I want to make sure that we are also preparing for winter driving conditions too.
Last week, the Council confirmed the future Ashburton Library and Civic Centre that will service our district for the next 50-plus years, and it was through a combined community effort that this milestone was achieved.
You’ll probably be aware that 2019 is local government election year, but before that crucial Election Day in October arrives, there are some key dates to tick off first.
Roading has always been a big focus for the Ashburton District Council, and that’s not surprising, considering that we have the fourth largest roading network in the country!
Today, our nation comes together to commemorate Anzac Day, and wherever you are around the district, I hope you’ll be joining me in attending an Anzac service.
The Ashburton Library and Civic Centre consultation closed on Sunday (14 April), and it was pleasing to see a number of submissions being lodged in the final few days.
The opportunity to have your say on the Ashburton Library and Civic Centre consultation ends this week, and if you are yet to provide your feedback, I encourage you to please do so by Sunday afternoon (5pm, 14 April).
Only a few short weeks ago, New Zealand as we knew it changed forever when 50 people were senselessly taken from us in an act of terror in Christchurch. In the days and weeks that have passed, we have been trying to come to terms with what has happened and how we move forward through our grief, hurt and shock
This past weekend (23 March), I had the privilege of joining a number of national and international dignitaries, mayors and central government officials at the Sister Cities Conference in Palmerston North. Whilst there, I was delighted at the announcement that Ashburton District has been chosen to host this nationally significant conference next year.
The Ashburton District Council is working towards a new Library and Civic Centre for our community that would not only meet our current needs, but also those of future generations. As part of this significant project, we are asking residents what kind of library they think our district needs.
In New Zealand, water is an integral part of our lives. It is the essence of life itself, keeping us cool on hot days, watering our crops, providing magnificent scenery, and is a destination of choice for weekends away with the family and a jet-ski or boat.
Late last year, the Government announced that it is increasing its refugee quota from 1000 people to 1500 people annually by 2020. With more people coming to New Zealand to settle, more regions are being selected to take in these people who, for a range of reasons, are no longer safe to stay in their home countries. Importantly for our corner of New Zealand, Ashburton could be on that resettlement list.