COMMUNITY GRANTS OPENING SOON FOR APPLICATIONS / ASHBURTON DISTRICT BECOMES AN ACCREDITED WELCOMING COMMUNITY / NEW CEMETERY PLOTS
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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Visit ashburtondc.govt.nz for more information.
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. "Iâ€™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.