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District Diary Infometrics
20 October 2016 / ISSUE 103
Start with a Smile campaign launched A campaign launched last month aims to make Mid Canterbury feel like home for the many newcomers who are choosing to live and work in the district. The Start with a Smile campaign, run by the Ashburton District Council, is about making the Ashburton District more welcoming to newcomers, through encouraging locals to smile and start a conversation with someone from a different background. Start with a Smile was first run last year in Christchurch, by the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, in response to the large number of overseas rebuild workers in the city. Ashburton District Council took up the campaign as part of its leading role in the newcomer and migrant settlement work programme, under the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy.
What’s on Don McGlashan & Shayne Carter 21 October 2016 Ashburton A & P Show 28-29 October 2016 Mission Mt Somers Saturday 29 October 2016 Dunstan Creek Séance Monday 31 October 2016 Spray Marks Group Rutherfords Road Shingle Sprint Saturday 5 November 2016 The Gruffalo Tuesday 8 November 2016 Mid Canterbury Rural Business Network - Ian Proudfoot Wednesday 9 November 2016 The ABBA Show Sunday 13 November 2016 Rockin Ribs Fest Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 November 2016 Methven High Country Fete Wednesday 23 November 2016
Ashburton District Council’s Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says Ashburton’s population is becoming more ethnically diverse, with strong communities now from places such as the Philippines, Pacific Islands, India and South America. “Start with a Smile is all about getting to know the new people in Ashburton, whether they are your colleague, classmate or neighbour. We’re encouraging locals to be welcoming, just by starting with a simple smile.” The focal point of the campaign is a blue ‘Smile Couch’ – a place where locals and newcomers can sit down and get to know each other. The ashburtondc.govt.nz
Grease Thursday 24 November
couch is travelling around the district to events, public places, community spaces, workplaces and schools. As part of the campaign, Ashburton residents are also being encouraged to host their own Start with a Smile event. “A potluck lunch, family sports day or even just inviting the newest employee to after-work drinks can all contribute to making newcomers feel at home here,” Ms Billante says. The campaign will run in Ashburton until the end of March. It will also be picked up by other Canterbury Councils. The Smile Couch will be at the Ashburton A&P Show on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October.
Ben Hurley’s Earth Planet Show Friday 25 November 2016 midcanterburynz.com/ newzealand/events/ The successful Start with a Smile Campaign launch at EA Networks Centre in September
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infometrics / youth council / Policies and bylaws adopted / call your gp 24/7
Infometrics economic reports publicly available
Policies and bylaws adopted
Local businesses and organisations can start benefiting from the latest economic data that is now publicly available through Ashburton District Council.
Eight bylaws and three policies were adopted at the final Council Meeting before the Local Body Elections on Thursday 22 September.
Council has purchased the right to this information from Infometrics, a national company that compiles this data from organisations such as Statistics New Zealand, Inland Revenue Department and Paymark. Council Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says the new resource will be a fantastic tool for businesses to inform their strategic planning and policy decisions. “Council is very pleased to provide the Infometrics economic reports for our district. This is an exciting step in empowering the community with reliable economic indicators
for the district, and we hope to see Ashburton District organisations utilising this wealth of data to inform their business plans.” Three types of reports will be accessible to download from the website – the Economic Profile, Quarterly Economic Profile and the Community Profile. The interactive nature of the website will also allow comparisons to be drawn between Ashburton District and other New Zealand districts whose information is publicly available. “Infometrics sources data regularly from a wide range of organisations which ensures their analysis uses the most up-to-date information available,” Ms Billante adds. The Infometrics economic reports are now available to all members of the public from ashburtondc.govt.nz.
The policies and bylaws were the Brothel Location Bylaw; Dog Control Bylaw and Policy; Explanatory Bylaw; Keeping of Animals, Bees and Poultry Bylaw; Mobile Shops, Stalls and Hawkers Bylaw; Open Spaces Bylaw; Smokefree Outdoor Areas Policy; Wastewater Drainage Bylaw; Water Supply Bylaw; and Procurement Policy.
permission to allow drones and model aeroplanes to fly within Council’s open spaces, extending smokefree outdoor areas to include Council sponsored events and areas outside entrances and exits to Council buildings, and including specific parts of Argyle Park as dog exercise areas. The adopted policies and bylaws are available online from ashburtondc. govt.nz or from the Council office on Baring Square West.
The community were invited to submit on the draft policies and bylaws during July and August, which were then considered by the Policy and Bylaw Subcommittee before they were adopted by Council. Some of the changes to the bylaws and policies include a blanket
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Youth Council things we’ve done, I can safely say I am proud to have been a part of this years Youth Council.
By Alyce Lysaght
Ashburton Youth Council recruitment is now open for 2017. As this year draws to a close and I think about the 2
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The Ashburton Youth Council has given me opportunities that I didn’t think were even possible to someone of my 16 years of age. I have been given so many opportunities; everything down to the option of attending an Ashburton District Council Meeting, helping out at events around the district and being a part of how issues are raised and resolved. I
have loved learning the ropes of participating in an official meeting, writing bylaw submissions and being a part of the media side of Youth Council. One of the many things that I have thoroughly enjoyed, is seeing how projects are developed and seeing the final outcome enjoyed by the community. A project that the Youth Council has worked on, in collaboration with Think First and Crispin Design, was the activity map ‘Weird and Wonderful Ways to Waste Time’.
Seeing the map being utilised throughout the community has been truly rewarding. I have also thoroughly enjoyed working with inspiring organisations such as The Collaborative Trust, HYPE and soon, The Red Cross. I recommend joining Ashburton Youth Council to anyone that has a desire to see and learn how our local government works. Ultimately, I have been given a voice at my mere age of 16. So can you, apply at ashburtondc.govt.nz.
Ffarewell to retiring councillors / Drink Driving
Outgoing Councillors give final farewells The final Meeting for the former Council on 22 September was one of appreciation, reflection and pride as six retiring Councillors bid farewell to their colleagues and the community after a combined 61 years of service. Former Councillors Rob Beavan, Darryl Nelson, Ken Cutforth, Alan Totty, Don McLeod and Martin Nordqvist did not seek re-election for the new term of Council and reminisced on their time as Councillors during valedictory speeches at the September Council Meeting.
demands of his farm. Challenges aside, Alan was praised for his passionate and informed nature that made him a highly valued voice around the Council table. Darryl Nelson was commended for his dependability and strength throughout his many years in local government, acting as a rock for Angus McKay as he fulfilled his role as Deputy Mayor. Ken Cutforth was described as someone who shot from the hip, as
Stuart Wilson spoke of his upfront and thorough colleague.
during his time on Council and was thankful for being granted the opportunity to represent the community.
Don McLeod pointed out how life in local government could be testing, when he unflinchingly acknowledged Whilst their time as Ashburton the criticism Councillors sometimes District Councillors had come to an end, the legacy the six outgoing face from the public. Councillors have left behind is an “I could say I have enjoyed every outstanding contribution to the moment of the past six years,” he community’s future and for many, said, “but that would be bollocks.” will continue to be celebrated for years to come. Mr McLeod went on to speak of his pride in what had been achieved
Martin Nordqvist congratulated Council staff on their capabilities, saying there were many talented people working inside the Civic Building. Rod Beavan acknowledged his time around the Council table as one of great achievements, and lamented on his unofficial role as “the Council’s social conscience”. His commitment to looking out for those most vulnerable in the community was a trait admired by his colleagues. Alan Totty said finding the right time to fulfil political ambitions was a tough challenge, as he spoke of his long-held desire to enter local government whilst juggling the
From left: Judith and Darryl Nelson, Alan Totty, Don Departing Councillors farewelled McLeod, Denise O’Halloran, Beavan, Miriam and at the finalRod meeting in September Ken Cutforth, Martin and Jenny Nordqvist
Drink Driving Many New Zealanders know that alcohol and driving do not mix. National campaigns have highlighted the importance of not getting behind the wheel after drinking, but for some, the message hasn’t sunk in.
You’ve heard the
“Drink driving is Ashburton’s biggest killer on our roads,” Council Road Safety Coordinator Jeremy Lambert says. “Alcohol impairs your concentration and reaction time so you’re less able to safely navigate roads. Sadly, drink driving claims too many lives in Ashburton.”
So why is drink driving still Ashburton’s
biggest killer on our
If you’ve been drinking,
Research shows that even small amounts of alcohol have an effect on driving. Drivers under the influence are more likely to make bad decisions like speeding, ignoring road signs and misjudging intersections and traffic.
driving over the years. Most people know they shouldn’t do it, but there are people in the community who still choose to and that’s what we want to change. Accidents do happen and you can’t just take for granted that you’ll always make it home safe.” Jeremy says there are other options to getting home after drinking and the best idea is to plan ahead. “If you know you’re going to be drinking, think about how you’ll get home. Organise a sober driver to pick you up, stay the night, get a taxi or hop on a courtesy bus. You should never consider getting in the driver’s seat. You might have been lucky driving under the influence before, but you might not be this time.” For more information on alcohol and drink driving, visit alcohol.org.nz .
“A lot of work has gone into raising awareness of the dangers of drink
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Community Noticeboard Road Closure Proposals Ashburton District Council and New Zealand Transport Agency gives public notice of a proposal to temporarily close roads to ordinary vehicle traffic to enable the holding of a community event – Methven Lions Club “The Dubliner Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Street Race”. Roads proposed to be closed:
Any person objecting to the proposal should lodge notice of their objection and the grounds for their objection in writing by post or email to the Council, PO Box 94 Ashburton 7740 by 4pm, Friday 25 November 2016.
Roads proposed to be closed:
Inaugural Council Meeting Wednesday 26 October 2016, 1.30pm
Mackie Street, from Methven Chertsey Road to Barkers Road
East Street, Kermode Street to Cameron Street
Kermode Street, Mona Square to East Street
Barkers Road, from Main Street to Hall Street
Moore Street, at East Street
Hall Street, from Barkers Road to Main Street
Tancred Street, at East Street
State Highway 77 (Main Street), from Lampard Street to Bank Street
Burnett Street, at East Street
Kilworth Street, from Main Street to Mackie Street
Havelock Street, West Street to Baring Square East
Forest Drive, from McMillan Street to Main Street
Cameron Street, Baring Square East to East Street
NEIL McCANN Group Manager Service Delivery
COLIN KNAGGS Highway Manager NZ Transport Agency
Ashburton District Council gives public notice of a proposal to temporarily close roads to ordinary vehicle traffic to enable the holding of a community event – the Ashburton Car Club Chertsey Road Standing & Flying ¼ Mile Sprint.
From 12 noon until 3pm on Saturday, 3 December 2016. . Any person objecting to the proposal should lodge notice of their objection and the grounds for their objection in writing by post or email to the Council, PO Box 94 Ashburton 7740 by 4pm, Thursday 10 November 2016.
Roads to be closed:
Period of closure: From 8am until 6pm on Saturday 3 December 2016. Detours will be available on adjacent streets and these will be signposted. This proposed closure is made under the Local Government Act 1974 - Schedule 10 (11 (e)) and will be considered by Council. Any person objecting to the proposal should lodge notice of their objection and the grounds for their objection in writing by post or email to the Council, PO Box 94 Ashburton 7740 by 4pm, Friday 28 October Ashburton District Council gives public notice of a proposal to temporarily close roads to ordinary vehicle traffic to enable the holding of the Festival of Pipe Band Music street march. Roads proposed to be closed:
Rutherfords Road, from former Lambies Road to Boyds Road
Period of closure:
Chertsey Road, from Wards Road to Taverners Road
From 9am until 6pm on Saturday 5 November 2016 This notice of closure is made under the Local Government Act 1974 - Schedule 10 (11 (e)). It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person otherwise than under authority of an authorised permit to use the roads / streets for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure. Ashburton District Council gives public notice of a temporary road closure for the purpose of allowing The Ashburton A & P Association to hold The Ashburton A & P Show 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: •
Seafield Road, from Bremners Road to Bridge Street
Elizabeth Street, from Walker Street to Grigg Street
Period of closure:
Grigg Street, from Elizabeth Street to Philip Street
Philip Street, from Grigg Street to Wills Street
From 7am until 6 pm on Saturday, 29 October 2016. 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.
Period of closure: From 11.30am until 1.30pm on Sunday 29 January 2017. cOUNCIL oFFICE 5 Baring Square West Monday - Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Ashburton public library 180 Havelock Street Monday - Friday 9.00am - 8.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm Sunday 1.00 pm - 4.00pm
Ashburton District Volunteer Rural Fire Force AGM - Lake Clearwater Sunday 23 October 2016, 3.30pm. To be held at the Lake Clearwater Hall
Tenders • C ontract C645 - Sealed Road Rehabilitation
Ashburton District Council gives public notice of a temporary road closure for the purpose of allowing The Ashburton Car Club to hold The Rutherfords Road Gravel Sprint. The following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic (with the exception of emergency vehicles) for the period indicated hereunder.
Zone Committee Meeting Tuesday 25 October 2016, 1pm Inaugural Methven Community Board Meeting Monday 7 November 2016, 1.30 Mt Hutt Memorial Hall and Heritage Centre Board Room, Methven.
Period of closure:
Roads proposed to be closed: •
Council Meetings Meetings are held in the Council Chamber, 2 Baring Square East, Ashburton unless stated otherwise.
Methven Chertsey Road, from Main Street to Mackie Street
From 6am until 6pm on Saturday 15 April 2017. Detours will be available on adjacent streets and these will be signposted. This proposed closure is made under the Local Government Act 1974 - Schedule 10 (11 (e)) and will be considered by Council. Any person objecting to the proposal should lodge notice of their objection and the grounds for their objection in writing by post or email to the Council, PO Box 94 Ashburton 7740 by 4pm, Friday 25 November 2016.
Up & Coming
Ashburton District Council gives public notice of a proposal to temporarily close roads to ordinary vehicle traffic to enable the holding of a community event – The Hyundai Mid-Canterbury Santa Parade.
Period of closure:
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Regulatory Summer Student Open Spaces Summer Student Museum Volunteers Lifeguards Learn to swim instructors
For more information, visit ashburtondc.govt.nz
Elections 2016 Thank you to everyone in the Ashburton District that voted in this year’s Local Government Elections. The Declaration of result has been issued and is available to view on our website. Visit ashburtondc.govt.nz/our-council/ elections to find out more.
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