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Roll up your sleeves for working bee activities this Neighbours Day "Working Bee in Your Neighbourhood is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and be involved in something that will benefit our local facilities," Ashburton District Mayor Neil Brown says. "Sign up today to play your part and help make a positive difference in your neighbourhood."

Neighbours Day 2020 is set to spark the district's community spirit right across Mid Canterbury on Saturday 28 March thanks to a new Working Bee in Your Neighbourhood initiative. The Mid Canterbury Neighbours Day Committee, comprised of the Ashburton District Council's Welcoming Communities Programme, Hakatere Multicultural Council, Neighbourhood

Support and Mid Canterbury TimeBank are promoting Working Bee in Your Neighbourhood to foster connections, build community morale and raise awareness of local community groups.​​​ Schools, groups and clubs who participate in the district-wide initiative will not only be giving back to their community but will go into the draw to win a Dominos Pizza delivery for their event. Photos of their event will also get them into the draw.

Five working bee projects are already proposed at Community House, Hinds School, Our Lady of the Snows Methven, Netherby School and Allenton School. Projects are set to include garden plantings, sanding and painting, weeding and general tidying and repair work.​ The Neighbours Day Committee will be encouraging their members, staff and stakeholders to roll up their sleeves and take part in the working bees. This includes businesses who featured in the Ashburton District Council's 'Welcoming Workplaces' video series; ACL, Subway Ashburton, ANZCO, Talley's and Rakaia Island Dairies; as well as Council staff, TimeBankers, Neighbourhood Support

and Hakatere Multicultural Council's Newcomers Network. Working bee locations will nominate someone from their group or organisation that will coordinate the event, in collaboration with the Neighbours Day Committee. Some clubs may incorporate a ‘have a go’ element to their event as well. To learn more about the working bees in various neighbourhoods, people are encouraged to visit the Welcoming Communities - Ashburton District Facebook page over the coming weeks. Lists of registered organisations will be promoted on the Facebook page. To register a school, club or group with the Mid Canterbury Neighbours Day Committee, contact any of the coordinators, e-mail Janice.McKay@ adc.govt.nz or visit tinyurl.com/ MidCanterburyNeighbours2020 Neighbours Day 2020 will take place on Saturday 28 March. Learn more about Neighbours Day at www. neighboursday.org.nz​​

Council receives AA+ credit rating help offset the financial burden on ratepayers. Council Chief Executive, Hamish Riach says the AA+ credit rating means the Council can now access lower interest rates from the Local Government Funding Agency of up to 20 points. "Fitch Ratings' assessment is a positive testament to the Council's fiscal position and the efforts of current and previous elected Councils to operate responsibly and efficiently for our community.

The Ashburton District could save hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest repayments over the coming years after it was revealed this month that the Ashburton District Council has received an AA+ credit rating. Independent credit rating company, Fitch Ratings Services have assessed the Council's ability to service debt against a range of criteria and determined that the Council and district are in a strong financial position that should provide positive assurance to lenders. The rating will assist the Council to secure lower interest rates when borrowing from lenders, which will ashburtondc.govt.nz

"We are very pleased to receive this rating. It will certainly have good outcomes for ratepayers, and residents should be proud of their district's good standing." In the last financial year, the Council achieved its Financial Strategy targets to not exceed rate and external debt limits. Its goals for the next 10 years are to ensure the Council remains financially stable; spend money prudently to deliver services, cater for growth and manage assets soundly; ensure rates and fees are kept to a reasonable level; and provide clear financial parameters for work programmes. Information on the Council's financial performance in the last financial year are available in the 2018/19 Annual Report.​ 19 March 2020 | ISSUE 144


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Issue 144 March 2020  

Issue 144 March 2020