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23 January 2020 | ISSUE 142

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Speed Limit Consultation


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Construction to start on Ashburton CBD revitalisation

What’s on

With the plans finalised, contract awarded and a timeline developed, the upgrades designed to revitalise the Ashburton town centre streetscapes will officially begin on Monday 27 January.

Ashburton’s Festival of Pipe Band Music Ashburton Sunday, 26 January

The $15 million, two-year project will see new road and footpath surfaces constructed, the area's three waters infrastructure replaced, and landscape features installed, including more trees, new plantings, rain gardens, street lighting and street furniture.

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Once work is complete, Ashburton's commercial centre bordered by East, Moore, Cass and Havelock Streets will have a 30km speed limit, and both Tancred and Burnett Streets will be oneway.

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The purpose of these changes and other landscaping elements is to create a pedestrian and cycle-friendly environment that attracts people and businesses back into the town centre. The construction work will be carried out by Christchurch-based civil engineering company, Tru-Line Civil. The Council awarded the contract earlier this month, and Chair of the Town Centre Subcommittee, Carolyn Cameron said the Council was impressed with company's expertise and experience.

out in stages along each street. Work will begin on Cass Street, then move to Tancred, Burnett and Moore Streets, before finally finishing on East Street and Havelock Street.

"Tru-Line Civil have a proven track record carrying out a range of civil engineer projects, and we are very pleased to have them undertake this significant upgrade.

The Council consulted with the community on the concept designs for the town centre in 2018, with design schemes completed in September 2019.

"We are excited - as I'm sure many in the community are, for the physical works to finally begin in the town centre. It will make a tremendous difference to the look and feel of this important space, with the intent of reinforcing a viable and vibrant CBD, reclaiming retail spend and attracting businesses back in the commercial centre," she said.

Tru-Line Civil Managing Director, Daniel Powell said his team are thrilled to begin delivering the upgrades for Ashburton.

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"It's a real honour to be a part of something of this scale and importance to the Ashburton District. Town centres often capture the essence of a community, its attractions and businesses and we are delighted to be providing our services and expertise to

transform the Ashburton CBD." The Council has been liaising with affected stakeholders including property owners and businesses in the town centre. It will continue to work with affected stakeholders to reduce disruption as much as possible throughout the project's two-year duration. People interested in staying up-to-date with the project are invited to opt into the Council's free text alert service, by texting '#CBD' to 4196. Residents can also sign up to the Council's free e-newsletter at ashburtondc.govt.nz/ stayinformed

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Councillor Comment - Liz McMillan What pleased me even more was the announcement that Ashburton District Council and the Crusaders would each donate $1.00 for every ticket sold to the game to support mental health services in the Ashburton District.

I’m a bit of a rugby fan and a true Cantabrian, so was very excited to hear the news that the Crusaders' pre-season game would be held in Ashburton this month.

Money raised through this initiative was given to Safer Mid Canterbury's Life's Worth Living programme, a newly-established project coordinated by Pup Chamberlain and Connie Quigley. The programme develops workshops, support groups and education programmes aimed at raising awareness and building a coordinated approach to supporting the people of our district. At a recent suicide prevention workshop I attended, it was amazing to see the number of people and agencies involved in helping our

community. After a presentation by the Life's Worth Living co-ordinators, we broke off into groups to do some brain storming. There were some great questions asked, such as who supports the grandparents and elderly when their family are affected, and are we doing enough for our rural communities? The Life's Worth Living programme was initiated by Safer Mid Canterbury after some tragic events in our community. The two co-ordinators are incredibly experienced in this role and are funded through donations. Mental health is something that we all know about, especially at this time of year. In the lead up to the festive season, there is so much happening and there can be a lot of pressure to deliver a kind of

Christmas that not everyone can afford, the results of which are now turning up on credit card bills. The festive season, for all its attributes of generosity and togetherness, can also be a very stressful time for many. A piece of useful advice I saw doing the rounds on social media said, 1. Don't go in to debt trying to show people how much you love them, 2. don't go home to see family if it damages your mental health, and 3. if someone comments on your weight, eat them! Jokes aside, I wish you and your family all the best for 2020. If you made it to the rugby, thank you for supporting this event. We are lucky to live in such a caring community.

Council and Crusaders raise funds for mental health services Ashburton got its first taste of the Super Rugby action at the weekend (18 January) when the Crusaders and Hurricanes came to town for their first preseason game of the year, but it wasn’t just an action-packed showdown at the showgrounds: the game also helped to raise much-needed funds for mental health services. Together, the Council and Crusaders donated $1.00 each for every ticket sold to the game, and at half-time, Mayor Neil Brown presented a cheque for $7,300 to Safer Mid Canterbury’s Life’s Worth Living programme. “It gives me great pleasure to present this cheque to Life’s Worth Living,” he said. “Pup Chamberlain and Connie Quigley who coordinate the programme do a fantastic job supporting our people, and I hope this money will help you to continue delivering these lifechanging services.” The Life's Worth Living programme is designed to develop workshops, support groups and education programmes that raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention in the Ashburton District. Council Chief Executive Hamish Riach


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said the fundraiser was a great way to support an important issue in the community.

Crusaders Chief Executive Colin Mansbridge was thrilled the club was able to take part in such a worthy cause.

"We were very proud to work with the Crusaders to make this fundraiser a reality. Mental health is such an important factor in community wellbeing, and we want to do what we could to promote its awareness and make a real difference to people's lives," he said.

"When the Council reached out to us, we jumped at the opportunity to take part. Positive mental health is so crucial, but when the scales begin to tip in the other direction, it's important to know that there are people and services who care and can help. We're honoured to be able to dig deep for these services

and help them to implement such vital programmes and activities." This was the first time the Crusaders had played in Ashburton. The preseason showdown saw the reigning Super Rugby champions take out the game 40-19. The 2020 Super Rugby season will officially begin on Friday 31 January.




Consultation opens on Ashton Beach enhancement project Ashburton District residents are being asked to have their say on proposed biodiversity and health & safety enhancements to parts of the Ashton Beach area south of the Ashburton River mouth, with feedback now welcome until Friday 7 February. The Council is proposing to fence either part of, or the whole donga (a steepsided gully) area which is at the end of Ocean View Road due to health and safety risks posed to motorbike riders who use the donga, as well as to protect the significant indigenous vegetation and endangered bird species the area supports.


Council Service Delivery Group Manager, Neil McCann says the Council is welcoming feedback from everyone, particularly people who use or are interested in the donga area.

thoughts on the proposals, please have your say." Two options for the area are proposed: the first is to fence the entire donga and introduce a protected area for biodiversity when replacing an existing fence, and the second option is to fence the riskiest part of the donga area and introduce a smaller protected area for biodiversity while also replacing an existing fence.

"Recent ground assessments at Ashton Beach have highlighted some serious health and safety concerns, and as the owners, we are obligated to mitigate these risks. The area also has important biodiversity values that we want to protect and enhance, particularly the native vegetation and its close proximity to the Ashburton River mouth where there is an abundance of birdlife.

The consultation document outlining the proposals and a link to the survey is available on the Council website ashburtondc.govt.nz/haveyoursay.

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Have your say on Ashburton District road speeds Several roads around the Ashburton District may be set to receive a new speed limit as part of the Council's Speed Limit Review, and residents are invited to have their say on the proposals when consultation opens on Monday 27 January. The Council is seeking to reduce injuries on its roading network and ensure there is a consistent district-wide approach to managing speed, and is proposing to alter some speed limits. The last time the Council conducted a speed limit review was in 2012, and Ashburton District Mayor Neil Brown says since that time, the district has seen significant growth and expansion, particularly on the outskirts of many urban communities. "The Council is constantly assessing the physical aspects of our expansive roading network to ensure it is safe for all users. Sometimes, this means road improvements that help improve safety under the current speed limit, but in some instances it means lowering the speed limit to ensure that the roads have safe travel speeds.



"We want to make sure that everyone who uses our roads gets to their destination safely. Help us determine if we've got the speed proposals right by having your say when consultation opens. We are welcoming feedback from everyone." In addition to growing urban areas, the Council has also received several speed limit suggestions from residents in the last eight years, and these ideas have helped to formulate the proposals being put forward.

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Mayor Brown adds that although speed changes are not proposed for all Ashburton District roads, residents are welcome to include their suggestions for any roads around the district. The consultation will be open from 27 January until 8 March. Information about the proposals and how to provide feedback will be available on the Council website from 27 January at ashburtondc.govt.nz/haveyoursay You have until 5pm on Sunday 8 March 2020 to get your feedback in!

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Triennial meetings for reserve boards Ashburton District residents are invited to attend the triennial meetings for the district's reserve boards and memorial halls. The public meetings are being held to elect the 2019-22 triennium. Meetings will be held for the Seafield Reserve Board, Dorie Memorial Hall Board, Rakaia Memorial Hall Board, Hinds Reserve Board and Ruapuna Reserve Board. Up to seven members will be elected to each reserve and memorial board, with members then appointed to chair, secretary and treasurer. The details of each meeting are as follows: SEAFIELD RESERVE BOARD Date: 28/01/2020 Venue: Seafield Hall 1673 S Seafield Road Time: 7.00pm

DORIE MEMORIAL HALL BOARD Date: 29/01/2020 Venue: Dorie hall cnr Mainwarings road and Mccrorys Road Time: 7.30pm

RAKAIA MEMORIAL HALL BOARD: Date: 05/03/2020 Venue: Rakaia Community Centre Time: 7.00pm

HINDS RESERVE BOARD Date: 11/02/2020 Venue: Southern Rugby Club Rooms Hinds Domain Time: 7.30pm


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RUAPUNA RESERVE BOARD Date: 22/02/2020 Venue: Ruapuna Pool (Ruapuna Reserve) Time: 9 .00am

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Community grants opening soon for applications

Council grants for the 2020-21 year will officially open on 1 February, and local community groups are encouraged to get their applications in for funding. The grants are available through nine categories: Community Library, Community Project, Community Events, Biodiversity, Community Infrastructure, Heritage, School Holiday Programme and Sport Development.

More than $294,000 was awarded last year to to help fund community

which provides a new family activity at the Mt Hutt Bike Track; an outdoor barbeque for the public to use; and the installation of historical plaques designed to inform and educate the public about the history and significance of heritage buildings in the district. projects and programmes. Funding from last year help to support a range of projects, including the Bike Methven Beginner Intermediate Track

Ashburton District becomes an accredited Welcoming Community

Information on the grants, including criteria and application forms will be available on the Council website from 1 February when the grants open. Applications will be welcome until 5pm, 28 February 2020.

New cemetery plots not up for grabs just yet The new extension may be allbut completed, but burial plots are still available in the original Ashburton Cemetery on Seafield Road, and residents are being advised these spaces need to be used first before moving onto the new extension. The Ashburton District Council has built a new cemetery alongside the original to meet the town's remembranceneeds for the next 40 years. Space has been filling up in the Ashburton Cemetery and the $1.5 million extension was a necessary investment.

The Ashburton District, alongside nine other councils and communities has recently been accredited as a Committed Welcoming Community. The accreditation formally recognises that the Council and its community value newcomers, is committed to building welcoming and inclusive communities, and has taken active steps to create an environment where all residents can thrive and belong. Ashburton District gained its accreditation on 16 December 2019, along with Tauranga, Palmerston North and Invercargill City Councils, Western Bay of Plenty, Whanganui, Selwyn, Gore and Southland District Councils and Environment Southland.


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As word has spread about the new extension, the Council has been fielding enquiries to purchase plots in the area, however these will remain unavailable until the last remaining plots in the original cemetery have been used. As well as providing remembrance space for a growing community, the extension is also designed to meet the needs of an increasingly culturally diverse one. It includes a natural burial site, a cremation and ashes scattering area, as well as a traditional grave site. Final touches are being tidied up at the new cemetery, including fencing and gates, plantings and signage.

Ashburton District Mayor, Neil Brown said he was delighted to see projects the programme has helped to deliver continue to expand and grow. "I’m most proud of the way Welcoming Communities initiatives have had a ripple effect throughout the community. Projects delivered during the pilot such as the Mosque Open Day, Indian Om Garden and Futsal Extravaganza continue to be built upon and spark positive connections between locals and newcomers." The Committed Welcoming Community accreditation allows councils to get further funding, support, and advice to continue their Welcoming Communities work.




School Holiday Programme a hit this summer For over 25 years, the Ashburton School Holiday programme has been keeping kids safe and happy over the summer break, and with the programme now run by the EA Networks Centre, the activities and operating dates have grown to offer even more than before.

parents, by providing a fun-filled and enjoyable environment that leaves kids wanting to come back each day. Activities running these summer holidays have included trips to the International Antarctic Centre, Willowbank and Ferrymead Heritage Park in Christchurch, sessions with Eco Educate, Ashburton Gymnastics and the Mid Canterbury Tennis Centre, as well as a range or sports and games. The EA Networks Centre has expanded the programme from four weeks per year, to 10 weeks, with around 40-50 kids signed up to attend each day. The programme is open to children aged 5-13 years and runs from 8.15am – 3pm on weekdays.

The School Holiday programme is designed to benefit kids and their

To learn more about the EA Networks Centre School Holiday programme, visit eanetworkscentre.co.nz or follow them on Facebook @EANetworksCentre.

Ashburton District three Drone flying reminder waters contract awarded Check the rules before take-off The Council made the announcement earlier this month following a competitive tender and evaluation process, which included a statutory cost-effectiveness review of the service. Council Chief Executive Hamish Riach says through this exercise, the Council was able to test the market and achieve a competitive price for ratepayers.

The Ashburton District's drinking, stormwater and wastewater services will be managed by Ashburton Contracting Limited (ACL) for the next five years, after the Council awarded the incumbent company its treatment, network operations, and maintenance contract.

"We're delighted to award the three waters maintenance and operations contract to ACL. They made a compelling bid for what are crucial core services that residents rely on. "Following on from the review and the tender process, it was very pleasing to achieve both cost savings and an improved level of service for Council and the community." The $9.8 million contract will commence on 1 July 2020.​

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People operating drones in the Ashburton District are being reminded to observe Civil Aviation Authority rules when they take to the skies, after reports of drones flying too close to the Ashburton Airport. Civil Aviation Authority rules state that drones must stay four kilometres away from all designated airports and helipads unless the person has the required CAA authorisation and clearance from the aerodrome operator. Council Chief Executive Hamish Riach says drones are a great way to capture aerial footage and explore the district, however they come with some important responsibilities to ensure peoples' safety and privacy. "We don't want to discourage people from using these tools, but we just ask that users be aware of where they are and aren't allowed to fly their drone.

Airports are obviously busy air-space areas and it can be very dangerous to have drones flying where planes and other aircraft are operating." The Ashburton Airport is located just over five kilometres outside Ashburton on Seafield Road and is owned by the Council. People seeking to fly within the airport's four-kilometre radius must contact the Council for permission. Drone users are also encouraged to check the Council's Open Spaces Bylaw for rules around flying over parks and reserves. Places drones are prohibited include over cemeteries, camping grounds, sports fields being used by others and within 50 metres of any playground or paddling pool. For more information on drone use, visit the AirShare website airshare.co.nz, the Civil Aviation Authority website aviation.govt.nz/drones, or see the Ashburton District Council Open Spaces Bylaw. 23 January 2020 | ISSUE 142




Community Noticeboard ROAD CLOSURE PROPOSAL Pursuant to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, notice is hereby given that the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to allow the following: CJM’s Events Limited, for the purpose of holding Ride the Rakaia event, proposes to close the following road to ordinary vehicular traffic for the period indicated hereunder. Road proposed to be closed: • RAKAIA BARRHILL METHVEN ROAD between Baker Road and Rakaia Domain • RAILWAY TERRACE EAST between Rolleston Street and Main South Road (SH1) Period of Closure: • 9.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday, 22 February 2020 • 6.00am and 8.15am on Saturday, 22 February 2020 Objecting to the proposal by 4.00 pm on 24 January 2020.

EA Networks Centre, for the purpose of allowing a Kids Triathlon, proposes to close the following roads to ordinary vehicular traffic for the period indicated hereunder. Road proposed to be closed: • MCNALLY STREET, from Robinson Street to McGregor Lane • McGREGOR LANE, entire Lane Period of Closure: From 7:30am until 12:00pm on Sunday, 29 March 2020. Objecting to the proposal by 4.00pm on Friday, 21 February 2020. Any person objecting to the proposals is called upon to lodge notice of their objection and grounds thereof in writing or email to Ashburton District Council. Neil McCann Service Delivery Group Manager

Up & Coming Council Meetings

Meetings are now held in the new Council Chambers, 137 Havelock Street, Ashburton unless stated otherwise.

UPCOMING COUNCIL MEETINGS JANUARY 2020 Community Services Committee, Thursday 30 January, 10.30am Environmental Services Committee, Thursday 30 January, (to follow Community Services) Infrastructure Services Committee, Thursday 30 January, (to follow Environmental Services)

Bylaw and Policy Committee, Thursday 4 February, 10.30am Audit, Risk and Finance Committee, Thursday 4 February, 1.30pm Council Agencies Presentations, Thursday 13 February, 9.30am Council Meeting, Thursday 27 February, 9.00am All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise stated. Meeting start times may be subject to change and will be notified on Council’s website. Council and Committee meetings, and Hearings now livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

Remember to Flush Your Taps Some plumbing fittings have potential for minute traces of metals to accumulate in water that has been in the fitting for several hours.


Pursuant to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, notice is hereby given that the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to allow the following: Festival of Pipe Band Music to hold a Street March the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic (with the exception of emergency vehicles) for the period indicated hereunder. Roads to be closed: ELIZABETH STREET, from Walker Street to Grigg Street, GRIGG STREET, from Elizabeth Street to Philip Street, PHILIP STREET, from Grigg Street to Wills Street

Although the health risk is small, the Ministry of Health recommends you run a mugful of water through your drinking water tap each morning before use to remove any metals that may have dissovled from plumbing fittings. We recommend this simple precaution for all households, including those on public and private water supplies. Neil McCann Group Manager Service Delivery


Period of Closure: From 11.30am until 1.30pm on Sunday, 26 January 2020

The Ashburton Multi Cultural Trust Inc., for the purpose of allowing Multi Cultural Bite to be held, the following road will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic for the following period: Roads to be closed: EAST STREET, between Havelock Street and Wills Street Period of closure: From 7.00am until 5.00pm on Thursday, 6 February 2020 (Note that Havelock Street will not be closed until 8am).

RUBBISH & RECYCLING – Waitangi Day Collection

The Ashburton Resource Recovery Park will be open Thursday 6 February, 2020.

M Carol Johns, for the purpose of allowing Waitangi on East to be held, the following road will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic for the following period: Roads to be closed: EAST STREET, between Havelock Street and Moore Street and at the intersections of East/Tancred Street, East/Burnett Street and East/ Havelock Street and East/Cameron Street, Ashburton are also closed. Period of closure: From 8.00am until 5.00pm on Thursday, 6 February 2020 (Note that Havelock Street will not be closed until 8am). It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person otherwise than under authority of an authorised permit to use the roads for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure. Neil McCann Service Delivery Group Manager


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ALL residents who receive kerbside collection on or after Thursday 6 February will have their bins and/or crate collected the day after their usual collection day.



• Thursday collections will be collected Friday • Friday collections will be collected Saturday. Neil McCann Service Delivery Group Manager



EA NETWORKS CENTRE 20 River Terrace Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday

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327 West Street Monday - Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm Open daily, close Public Holidays

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