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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

Councillor Comment

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​​​​.

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