The Methven Community Board has won the bid to host the 2017 New Zealand Community Boards' Conference.
Methven Community Board chair Liz McMillan and Western Ward Councillor Martin Nordqvist recently returned from this year's Community Boards' Conference in Waitangi where it was announced the next conference will be held in Methven.
The conference, held every two years, and alternating between the North and South islands, attracts about 200 delegates.
Ms McMillan says hosting this conference will bring tremendous benefits to Methven, and the district as a whole.
"Methven is a perfect location in terms of proximity to Christchurch Airport, conference venues, and having accommodation within walking distance of the venue.
"This is also an excellent opportunity to promote what Methven has to offer as a visitor destination."
Mayor Angus McKay is delighted the 11th Community Boards' Conference is happening in Methven, acknowledging the hard work put in by the Methven Community Board and Council staff to make it happen.
"This is really exciting news for Methven. The conference is an ideal opportunity to showcase all that we have to offer and for elected members and local government staff to see, first-hand, what a fantastic experience can be had in Ashburton District. I thank all those who have been involved in making our bid a success," he says.
The biennial community board conference provides an opportunity for elected members and local government staff to network, discuss and learn about current issues facing communities and develop strategies to better represent their constituents.
Last year Ms McMillan proposed that the board put in a bid to host the next conference and in February this year attended a Community Board Executive Committee meeting to present Methven's bid.
The conference will be held over three days at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall and Heritage Centre in May 2017.