Plans for a more welcoming district now official

​​​​​​Friday 15 June, 2018 ​​

A plan to make the Ashburton district an even more welcoming place through building connections between newcomers and locals will begin rolling out in the community, after the Ashburton District Council adopted the Ashburton District Welcoming Plan: Whakatau mai ke te rōhe o Hakatere yesterday.

The Plan, which aims to encourage local communities to take a greater leadership role through inclusive activities and initiatives has been developed as part of the Immigration New Zealand led pilot programme, Welcoming Communities.

Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel says, “Making this plan official is a very exciting step for our district. Communities that connect and actively include people from different cultural backgrounds offer a greater quality of life for its residents and help people reach their full potential. We want to continue fostering the Ashburton district as a place of acceptance and inclusion, and this Plan will help achieve that.”

Developed between the community and Council, the plan outlines activities structured around Immigration NZ’s Standard for the Welcoming Communities programme: Inclusive Leadership; Welcoming Communications; Equitable Access; Connected and Inclusive; Economic Development, Business and Employment; Civic Engagement and Participation; Welcoming Public Spaces; and Culture and Identity.

“Our Welcoming Plan affirms our Council and the district’s commitment to work as one. Like our existing community, newcomers settling in our district are an asset. They are innovative, entrepreneurial, skilled and are needed here, and – just like us, they want to be connected to their communities.”

Ashburton, together with Selwyn District Council is one of five areas across the country selected by Immigration NZ to pilot the Welcoming Communities programme. The Council hosted several community workshops throughout March to gather ideas from people and groups in the community to go in the Plan, and an online survey was also available.

To view the Ashburton District Welcoming Plan, visit www.welcomingcommunitiescanterbury.com or connect with the initiative on Facebook @WelcomingCommunitiesAshburtonDistrict.

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