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Cemetery extension update
Museum up for national award
Community notice board
Budget secured for Ashburton Library and Civic Centre
In Your Likeness | Interactive Portrait Exhibition Ashburton Art Gallery Thu 18 April - Tue 18 June
The facility, which has a total budget of $51.6 million, will incorporate features from two proposed options outlined during the public consultation process.
The Library and Civic Centre will include the larger library space of 2,450 square metres and space for tiered seating to accommodate relatively small performance activities such as book readings and recitals – both outlined in the $53 million option. It will also have space for a children’s discovery centre, teen space, lounge and study areas, and space for collections to be displayed, as proposed in the $45 million option. The facility’s Civic Defence Emergency Operations Centre will be constructed to Importance Level (IL) 4 standards, with the remainder of the building constructed to IL3 standards. IL4 buildings must be operational immediately after an earthquake or other disastrous events, while IL3 buildings are deemed this level if they contain crowds, have high value to the community or pose a risk to large numbers of people in close proximity. The agreed Council budget also ashburtondc.govt.nz
What’s on 2018 Adam Portraiture Award Ashburton Art Gallery Thu 18 April - Tue 18 June
The future of Ashburton’s new Library and Civic Centre has been confirmed, after Ashburton District Councillors voted on 9 May to build a facility with enough room to meet the community’s needs and utilise energy efficiency features.
Elements from the Council’s preferred $45 million build, and the community’s most favoured $53 million option have been brought together to form a hybrid solution.
The Topp Twins: Heading for The Hills Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Thu 23 May, 7-10pm
includes a provision of $3 million for environmentally sustainable design elements. These elements will be subject to Council approval of cost-benefit analysis as work progresses on the detailed design of the building. Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel said the decision was a momentous step in bringing a quality, modern Library and Civic Centre to the community that will meet the district's needs for many years to come. "The Council has given much consideration to the kind of facility our community will need in the 50-plus years ahead, while also acknowledging the need to provide an efficient, environmentally sustainable, and cost-effective facility. "It became clear from the public consultation process that residents wanted a Library and Civic Centre that would be fit for purpose and meet their needs, rather than be lacking in features that they may come to need further down the track. The Council therefore considered a hybrid option, and this was the
solution we have agreed on.” One-hundred-and-sixty-nine submissions were made to the Council during the consultation in April and May this year, with the majority (46 per cent) in support of the $53 million 'Do More' Option (Option Two) and 32 per cent supporting the Council's preferred $45 million option (Option One). Six submitters wanted a mix of features from Options One and Two, with comments requesting some elements from Option Two in addition to those in Option One. The Council will now begin progressing work on the detailed design of the joint Library and Civic Centre, which will be located on Baring Square East on the site of the old County Council building.
Life Drawing Ashburton Art Gallery Mon 27 May Waste Free Living Workshop with Kate Meads Ashburton Resource Recovery Park, Education Centre Wed 5 June, 6.30-9pm and... Mt Hutt Memorial Hall, Theatrette Thu 06 June, 6.30pm - 9pm Room on the Broom Ashburton Trust Event Centre Sat 15 June, 12pm and 3pm Life & Love Concert Sinclair Centre Sat 22 June, 2pm midcanterburynz.com/ newzealand/events/
"I would like to thank everyone who made a submission on this important project and to those who came and spoke at the hearings. Your input has played a vital part in the development of this community asset and we are very excited to see work progress," Mayor Favel added.
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CEMETERY EXTENSION CLOSE TO COMPLETION/ COUNCILLOR COMMENT / WAKANUI BEACH PLANTING DAY A BIG SUCCESS
Cemetery extension close to completion Ashburton’s remembrance needs for the next 30 to 40 years will soon be provided for, with the completion of the Ashburton cemetery extension contract fast approaching. The $1.5 million construction project alongside the current cemetery on Seafield Road started in February, and is expected to finish in coming weeks. With the current cemetery close to reaching full capacity, the extension is a necessary project for the town.
favour for a number of reasons and we’ve been careful to ensure that this new area has enough space to meet those needs well into the future.” The extension will provide over 1,300 conventional burial plots and almost 700 conventional ashes plots. There is also a natural burial area and an ashes scattering garden. The Council has incorporated some contingency into the design, with space available to be converted into the different remembrance options as
demand dictates. Sealed roads throughout the area seamlessly join the extension onto the current cemetery and an adjoining Council-owned block of land on the other end of the extension will ensure the cemetery can be further expanded down the track. Special attention has been taken with the new entranceway, with a hand-built stone entrance constructed. Once the final touches on the contracted work finish up in coming weeks, the
Council will begin planting, landscaping, and installing signage, fences and toilets, before the new cemetery is expected to open later in the year. “This has been a real community project, utilising local contractors and subcontractors. It’s been exciting to see the years of planning that have gone into this project start coming to fruition, and have the land transformed into something that will play an important role for our community for many years to come,” Mr McCann added.
Ashburton Contracting Limited (ACL) have been carrying out the contract work for the project. This has included earthworks; constructing new roads and entranceways; installing stormwater systems, water lines and taps; widening Seafield Road; and constructing burial and ashes beams. Council Service Delivery Group Manager, Neil McCann says the extension has been carefully designed to account for a range of remembrance needs. “Different options come in and out of
Diane Rawlinson Councillor Ashburton Ward
Well, we are heading into some of the most significant changes that we will have seen in our district for many years: those being the outcomes of Ashburton Town Centre Revitalisation Project (of which I am Chairperson of the Working Group), and the new Ashburton Library and Civic Centre. Both of these significant projects will take us into the next three to five decades, with a refreshed and vibrant Town Centre, along with a modern Civic Centre and Library gracing the
For the past two years, I have used this column to discuss change and how people in our community react to, and cope with change. eastern side of Baring Square East and Havelock Street. Both are the result of extensive community consultation, and huge input from the staff involved in the detailed work necessary for such large projects. In putting the Civic Centre and Library project out for public consultation there were many and varied responses from the community. As I have said before – people react to change in many ways, but the most pleasing aspect of this was the large proportion
of submitters (78 per cent) preferring one of the top two options for the facility; either the $51 million or $45 million project costing. A large number were also happy to see a ‘hybrid’ version which is somewhere between these two options, and that is what the Council has opted to go with. It is very exciting, and also a privilege to be a Councillor at this time and to be part of a team that is taking the lead on a project that has been ‘on the books’ for the past 15 years or so.
The Town Centre Revitalisation Project is a work in progress, with the designers having come up with a proposal. Presently, this is undergoing discussions, with the usual ‘tweaks’ that go with a project of this magnitude. Again, we go back to the views of those who made submissions on this matter, along with the views of the Youth Forum in 2018 when local school children came in to present to us their ideas for the Town Centre, complete with what spaces for young people could look like. I am looking forward to the new ‘changes’ that Council are making, along with the other activities going on in the CBD, with the new Medical Centre, Work and Income NZ and the Murney building already well underway. We have some exciting times ahead of us all.
Wakanui Beach planting day a big success Approximately 50 students from Wakanui School joined parents, Forest and Bird members, Wakanui Beach Crew members and - for the first time, staff from World Travelllers Ashburton to carry out the planting, which is part of the 'Landscape Concept and Management Plan' adopted by the Ashburton District Council. Wakanui Beach is now home to an additional 300 native plants, helping to restore the area and improve biodiversity, after a successfully run planting day on Tuesday 30 April. 2
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While not the first planting day to be held at Wakanui Beach, it was the first time a local business had gotten on board to support the environmental efforts at the beach.
Artist impression of the vision for Wakanui Beach World Travellers Ashburton kindly donated staff time at the event, and funded the plants used on the day. The Council is hoping their efforts will encourage more businesses to get involved in future events. The Ashburton District has a rich and unique biodiversity, due in large
part to its braided river network. This means the district is home to a variety of native vegetation, fish, birds and other species. If you'd like to get involved in a future planting day at Wakanui Beach, contact the Council on 03 307 7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ashburtondc.govt.nz
BU DO MARTIAL ARTS SHOWCASE / MUSEUM A FINALIST IN PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARDS / ASHBURTON YOUTH COUNCIL UPDATE
Ashburton Youth Council update Things are really beginning to get busy this year! An AYC subcommittee meeting was held in the term one holidays at the Somerset Grocer and many exciting ideas sprung up from the three-hour meeting. The Youth Council are now beginning the steady process of planning and preparing for the exciting youth-led events that will take place in coming months. Not much can be said yet, but good things are worth waiting for! Among these events, we are happy to say that we are taking part in the 40 Hour Famine to raise money for children from South Sudan who are seeking refuge in Uganda. The 40 Hour Famine is less than a month away and AYC cannot be more excited to take part and show support for this wonderful cause! We are planning our 40 Hour Tramp, which will be done in the surrounding mountain area of Mount Somers. Hopefully this will include every member of the Youth Council and the wonderful Ashburton District Council Events Coordinator, Verity
Jackson, who is going to put her tramping hat on and show us the ropes of how to tramp. We are hoping that you as a community can get behind this amazing cause by either sponsoring us or taking part yourself to raise money. You can learn more and get involved in the 40 Hour Famine at worldvision.org. nz/connect/40-hour-famine. Maria Costas, AYC Secretary
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Museum a finalist in prestigious national awards The Ashburton Museum is once again proving itself to be one of the most innovative in the country, after being shortlisted in the prestigious Museums Aotearoa ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards for 2019. The Museum has been announced as a finalist in the 'Most Innovative Education Programme' category for the development of a programme it undertook with school children to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage late last year. Also contending for the award is the Museum of Transport and Technology in Wellington, Otago Museum and Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa. Museum Director Tanya Robinson says the team are thrilled to see their work recognised at a national level. "Our team work exceptionally hard to produce quality programmes for our community. Being shortlisted for this award is a great endorsement of our ambition to deliver innovative education programmes to a very high standard." The Museum worked with students from Ashburton Intermediate School to develop its Suffrage 125 exhibition in August and September last year. The ashburtondc.govt.nz
students were invited to develop their own contributions to the exhibition, and provide a visual and modern take on equality. Their contributions included an equal pay petition, a re-enactment of Kate Sheppard, a questionnaire, and an exploration of gendered roles told through the lense of adults, Year 8 students and younger students. In a statement from Museums Aotearoa, Executive Director Phillipa
Tocker said the 'Most Innovative Education Programme' category was inundated with entries this year, indicating that museums and galleries are seeing the huge importance and benefit of good quality education programmes. "Education is one of the core purposes of art galleries and museums so we felt that a category that recognises innovation in this area was essential to give recognition to the great work being done in education right across
the sector. "Judging this year was especially hard with so many high quality entries to choose from," she added. It is not the first time that the Ashburton Museum has been recognised on the national stage for its programmes, after being shortlisted in the 'Most Innovative Public Programme' category for its MindPlus Kids Curators Programme in last year's awards. 23 May 2019 | ISSUE 132
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Community Noticeboard ROAD CLOSURE PROPOSALS
Make sure your wheelie bin logo is facing out to the road - not facing your house, and ensure the bins are in a clear space away from behind parked cars, trailers or poles.
Ashburton District Council gives public notice of the following proposal to temporarily close roads to ordinary vehicular traffic. Waste Landfill
Roads to be closed: Barkers Road - Methven, from Mackie Street to the start of the pedestrian paved area
You should leave at least 50 centimetres between each bin. This makes it easier for the collectors to pick them up.
Audit & Risk Subcommittee Wednesday 19 June, 1.30am 50
Overfilling your wheelie bins can cause them to spill when they are picked up. Ensure only the correct items are placed in each bin and the lid is flat.
RUBBISH & RECYCLING Resource Recovery Parks: The Ashburton and Rakaia Resource Recovery Parks will be closed on Monday 3 June, 2019.
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Monday collections will be picked up Tuesday Tuesday collections will be picked up Wednesday Wednesday collections will be picked up Thursday Thursday collections will be picked up Friday Friday collections will be picked up Saturday
Neil McCann Group Manager Service Delivery
COUNCIL OFFICE 5 Baring Square West Monday - Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Finance and Business Support Committee Thursday 20 June, 1.30pm Ashburton Zone Water Management Committee Tuesday 25 June, 1pm Council Meeting Monday 30 June, 1pm
Queens Birthday long weekend
Rubbish & Recycling Kerbside Collection: ALL residents who receive kerbside collection the week beginning Monday 3 June will have their bins and/or crate collected the day after their usual collection day.
Environmental Services Committee Thursday 13 June, 1.30pm Service Delivery Committee Thursday 13 June, 2pm (approx.)
From 8.00am, Saturday 10 August until 8.00am, Sunday 11 August, 2019
Neil McCann Group Manager Service Delivery
Bylaw & Policy Subcommittee Thursday 13 June, 10.30am
Period of closure:
Any person objecting to the proposal is called upon to lodge notice of their objection and grounds thereof in writing or email to Council by 4.00pm on Friday 28 June, 2019.
Up & Coming Meetings are now held in the new Council Chambers, 137 Havelock Street, Ashburton unless stated otherwise.
Winter Ski Event- Richie Owen on behalf of NZ Ski Ltd
Do not put hot ashes in your wheelie bins. These can melt the bin and cause a fire, which could spread. Let ashes cool for at least five days before bagging them and putting them in your red wheelie bin.
NEED ANOTHER BIN? The Ashburton District Council has additional rubbish and recycling wheelie bins available to help meet the needs of larger households and businesses. These are charged to the user, rather than through rates and do not replace the wheelie bins and crates already provided through rates, but are an extra service. Each bin is charged according to its size. To view the sizes and prices or to request a bin, visit ashburtondc.govt.nz/binitright
EA NETWORKS CENTRE 20 River Terrace Monday - Friday 6.00am - 9.00pm Saturday 7.00am - 7.00pm Sunday 7.00am - 7.00pm
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ASHBURTON MUSEUM 327 West Street Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday 1.00pm - 4.00pm Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm