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District Diary 2
Parking trial begins
22 September 2016 / ISSUE 102
Friendlier than ever Following the installation of a new motorhome waste disposal unit on East Street, Ashburton has now officially been named a Motorhome Friendly Town. New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) Resource Management Assistant Garry Green presented Council with a certificate and signage to commemorate the new status at Council Meeting on 25 August.
NZMCA developed the Motor Home Friendly scheme to offer significant economic benefits to participating towns, and assure association members of towns’ openness for motorhomes and caravans. Ashburton now joins a network of 40 other
What’s on towns around the country deemed welcome for motor home users. Ashburton is the second town in our district to be awarded this status, joining Methven who has been on the list since August 2014.
Karate Show 24-25 September 2016 Bookarama Starts 26 September 2016
Under The Same Moon 28 September 2016 Ashburton Public Library Craft Morning 29 September 2016 Cinderella Kids & Xanadu 30 September - Sunday 2 October 2016 New waste disposal site on East Street
Garry Green, Angus McKay, Robyn Green, Wendy Tobin & Ted Tobin with the new signage
Ashburton welcomes new citizens Ashburton District is now home to 21 new citizens following Council’s latest Citizenship Ceremony on Thursday 25 August.
were joined by guests, Councillors and Council representatives as they swore allegiance to New Zealand and the Queen during a ceremony at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre.
were treated to a moving kapa haka performance from Borough School, who presented their Flava Festival winning performance at the start of the ceremony.
Individuals and families from Samoa, England, the Philippines and U.S.A
In what was a first for Ashburton’s citizenship ceremonies, attendees
“The inclusion of a kapa haka performance added another beautiful component to the day and we are very thankful to the group for their wonderful performance,” Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante said. Following the kapa haka, new citizens were asked to state their oath or affirmation and were then presented with their certificate of citizenship.
Ashburton District’s newest citizens with their certificates following the cermony at the Trust Event Centre ashburtondc.govt.nz
Revisiting the Magic Ends 25 September 2016
Boulevard Day 26 September 2016
“We are very excited to be identified as a Motorhome Friendly Town,” Council Service Delivery Group Manager Neil McCann said. “The new waste disposal unit is easily accessible with close proximity to other services and is a fantastic facility for travellers and local alike.”
Council would like to congratulate the new citizens on becoming fellow New Zealanders and wishes them the very best for their future here in the Ashburton District.
Balmoral Bash 1 October 2016 Peak to Pub 1 October 2016 The Extravaganza - Gypsy 1-2 October 2016 Beyond The Barricade 6 October 2016 Don McGlashan & Shayne Carter 21 October 2016 Muddy Good Run 16 October Ashburton A & P Show 28-29 October 2016 midcanterburynz.com/ newzealand/events/
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biodiversity / Youth council
Ashburton Youth Council want youth - 2017 nominations now open Nominations are now open for the 2017 Ashburton Youth Council. If you’re aged between 15 and 24, have a passion for issues affecting youth and want to make a positive
contribution to your community, get your application in by 21 October 2016. Application forms are available online at www.ashburton.dc.govt.nz
Balmoral Bash Live bands, local venue, youth friendly: it’s a recipe for a great night out for Ashburton District teenagers and it’s coming to the Balmoral Hall on Saturday 1 October. Ashburton Youth Council, under the guidance of Councillor Ellis have organised a rock concert for the start of next month in a bid to provide fellow young people with something fun to do in Ashburton.
bands, Born Ready, War Heights, Fusion in the Sun and Wishlistt. Soft drinks will be available and a ‘no leaving and returning’ policy will be in place to stop attendees leaving to drink alcohol and come back in. The Balmoral Bash will be a good opportunity for other young people in the community to see what Ashburton Youth Council have been up to this year, as recruitment for the 2017 Youth Council is now underway. Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS) will be at the concert to help ensure the night runs as smoothly as possible.
“A common complaint we hear from local youth is that they don’t have much to do to keep them entertained,” Ashburton Youth Councillor Madie Venmore-Kerr said. The Balmoral Bash will run from 8pm - midnight on Saturday 1 October “This concert will be a great chance at the Balmoral Hall, 240 Cameron for youth to hang out with their Street, Ashburton. Admission will be a friends at an event that’s tailer-made gold coin donation. for them.” For more information, see the Ashburton The Balmoral Bash will be an alcohol Youth Council Facebook page. and drug-free event featuring local
Saving our natural beauty Many would agree, our foothills are quite possibly one of the most majestic places in the district. As the season starts warming up, and snow slowly thaws on the mountain range, the picturesque quality of the foothills begins to emerge in all its glory.
wetland on our property from stock to allow sections of land to regenerate back to native bush. Hopefully, this will enhance bee and bird life.”
But while many will know the area’s striking view – particularly on a warm spring afternoon, few people may know of the work quietly going on high in the hills to preserve some of the regions natural wonders.
“The particular area we have fenced off and planted on isn’t currently stocked, so animals won’t be putting pressure on the plants and this will help it regenerate quickly,” he continued.
Richard and Barbara Mee, local farmers above the Staveley township, have embarked on a process of rejuvenating the region’s depleting native plants. Their property, next door to the Staveley ice skating rink, is now home to hundreds of newly planted native trees and shrubs, which are hoped to enrich the indigenous wildlife. “Stock pollution is a threat to native plants and ecosystems,” Mr Mee said. “We applied for Council biodiversity funding to fence off existing bush and
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Fencing is an effective method of protecting vulnerable areas of land, such as that around waterways. Stock often damage these areas and pollute the system.
Bert Hofmans, Richard Mee and Alan Totty inspecting the new fencing and plants on Mr Mee’s farm
A native beech tree forest already grows around Mr Mee’s property, but considering that less than 0.5 per cent of native dryland vegetation remains in the Ashburton District, it is clear more needs to be done to replenish our depleting indigenous species. The foothills are surely a beautiful area, but without work to establish native plants and wildlife, a very important feature of its character – its native species – could be lost forever. Mr Mee’s efforts to restore more native plants to his land is an important step in protecting remaining biodiversity. Richard Mee overlooking his property in the Ashburton District foothills
CBD Parking / Local government Act amendment bill / young drivers
CBD parking trial begins Council’s 12 month one hour free parking trial along East Street is now underway, with parking now monitored by tyre chalking until new smart parking sensors are installed. All parks on East Street – aside from some 10 minute parking spaces – are now limited to one hour of free parking from Friday 16 September. Anyone wishing to stay longer is encouraged to park in the free carpark on West Street or the Eastfield carpark on Cass Street. The 12 month trial
will help Council determine a way forward for the Ashburton CBD, Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle said.
The trial will not affect Mobility Permit Holders who can continue to park for free in these 60 minute spaces for two hours.
“Council is working on installing smart parking technology to measure how long vehicles are parked. These devices will also provide data on how the parks have been used, which will help establish what actions should be taken once the trial is over.”
The pedestal parking meters on Tancred Street and Burnett Street are still operational throughout the trial, and cost $1.00 per hour. The parking fee at the Eastfield carpark has been reduced from $6.00 to $2.00 per day on a trial basis until the end of November.
“Motorists who exceed the one hour limit will receive a $12.00 infringement, Ashburton District Council approved which will increase with the time the one hour free parking trial at its last Council Meeting on 25 August 2016. overstayed,” Mr Catchpowle added.
Council says no to Local Government Act Amendment Bill Ashburton District Council have made a submission asking for the Local Government Act Amendment Bill to be withdrawn, citing concerns the Bill would impact on local democracy. Council presented their submission to the Local Government and Environment select committee in Christchurch on 2 September, supporting the position of Local
Government New Zealand (LGNZ), the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) and the Canterbury Mayoral Forum that the proposed Bill would undermine the purpose of local government. “Council is particularly concerned about the implications of the Bill. In our view, the Bill undermines our role, and we oppose any action that would weaken our ability to enable democratic local decision-making,” Council Chief Executive Andrew Dalziel said.
The Local Government Act Amendment Bill promotes the centralised control of local community assets. Council is concerned the Bill would take away the community’s voice in democratic processes, such participating in consultations and providing feedback. “Our submission on the Bill aligns with the positions of LGNZ, SOLGM and the Canterbury Mayoral Forum, and provides specific examples of concerns that we commonly share
with other councils. In our view, the Minister of Local Government and the Department of Internal Affairs should work closer with LGNZ and SOLGM to find workable solutions that will support greater collaboration between territorial authorities,” Mr Dalziel added. Ashburton District Council joined 18 other councils and organisations presenting their submissions on the Local Government Act Amendment Bill in Wellington and Christchurch on 2 September 2016.
Young Drivers Young drivers aged between 15 and 24 account for a heart breaking number in New Zealand’s road crash statistics. Equating to just 16 per cent of the nation’s licensed drivers, young people behind the wheel end up involved in 38 per cent of all road crashes resulting in injury. It’s a shocking statistic and one that, with a little education and awareness, could be greatly reduced. “While there is a period where young drivers are learning with their supervised driver, there comes a time when they will be out on the road on their own. If they have not had adequate experience in various driving environments, things can get dangerous,” Council Road Safety Coordinator Jeremy Lambert said. According to road crash statistics, once graduating to their restricted ashburtondc.govt.nz
license, young drivers are five times more likely to be involved in a crash, but what can the community do to reduce this? “In New Zealand, young drivers on average complete 40 hours of supervised driving before moving onto their restricted license. International best practice recommends 120 hours of supervised driving. That’s 80 hours more than our country’s standard. If you think your young driver needs more practice before venturing out in the car on their own, encourage them to drive extra hours with you.” Mr Lambert said this means ensuring they have experience driving in all different weather and road conditions that they could encounter, such as rain, unsealed roads, night driving and open roads. “In the last five years, Ashburton’s crash statistics indicated that poor handling, poor observations and
poor judgements were the biggest cause of young driver crashes. These are all factors that can be improved with experience, so it pays to give your young driver all the experience possible so they have the skills to
safely navigate our roads.”
How safe are our young drivers? 38% 77%
For more information on how to teach your learner driver or how to pass through the licensing process, visit www.drive.govt.nz
Drivers aged between 15 and 24 are involved in 38% of road crashes causing injury and of those, are at fault 77% of the time. In the first months of unsupervised driving, young people holding a restricted licence are 5 times more likely to be involved in a serious crash than when they held a learners licence.
Don’t become a statistic. Drive safe. ISSUE 102 | 22 September 2016
Community Noticeboard / voting
Make your vote count! The upcoming Local Body Elections are held by postal vote. Voting documents have been sent to electors from 16-21 September 2016. If you haven’t received yours, contact Council. Voting documents must be returned to the Council office by 12 noon on Saturday 8 October 2016 to be counted. You can either post your documents back in the pre-paid envelope or drop them into the voting box at Council Office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton. The office will be open on the morning of Saturday 8 October
for the return of voting documents. Every vote counts so make sure you return yours.
New Exhibition has begun 327 West Street (SH1), Ashburton
Up & Coming
Balmoral Bash Ashburton Youth Council are holding the Balmoral Bash - a Rock concert for 13 - 18 year olds featuring local bands ‘Born Ready’, ‘War Heights’, ‘Fusion in the Sun’ and ‘Wishlistt’.
It will take place 1 October from 8pm until midnight in the Balmoral Hall (Cr of Cameron and Cass St). The event will be alcohol-free, drug-free and smoke-free. Soft drinks on sale on the night and gold coin entry at the door.
Rock Concert featuring local bands 1 October The Collectors 8.00 – midnight st
*Alcohol-free, drug-free and smoke-free >Born Ready< >War Heights< >Fusion in the Sun< >Wishlistt<
Proceeds go towards Peer Support
coin The Ashburton gold Museum areentry currently hosting their new exhibition ‘The Collectors’ . Ity/o features local people’s expansive 13-18 collections of objects and(Cr items - old, new,and weird and wonderful. Balmoral Hall of Cameron Cass The trail of games and activities will also keep kids entertained St) over the school holidays. Soft Drinks on sale on the night
Learn to swim instructors
Lifeguards - part time and casual
Thanks to: 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’.
Ashburton District Council gives public notice of a temporary road closure for the purpose of allowing The Retailers Group to hold Boulevard Day. The following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic (with the exception of emergency vehicles) for the period indicated hereunder.
Chertsey Road, from Wards Road to Taverners Road
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 cOUNCIL oFFICE 5 Baring Square West Monday - Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Roads to be closed: •
East Street, from Moore Street to Havelock Street
Burnett Street, from East Street to 230 Burnett Street
Tancred Street, from East Street to Cass Street
Current applications: Bottle-O East Street Objections close 26 September 2016
From 7am until 6pm on Monday 26 September 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 closure.
Tenders • C ontract DW-BG10 – Water Pipeline Renewals 16/17 • Contract C644 – Reseal & Preseal Repairs Ashburton District 2016/17 For more information, visit ashburtondc.govt.nz
Period of closure:
EA Networks centre 20 River Terrace Monday - Friday 6.00am - 9.00pm Saturday 7.00am - 7.00pm Sunday 7.00am - 7.00pm
Rural Fire Force Meeting - Lake Clearwater Thursday 22 September, 1.30pm
The Dubliner Irish Bar & Restaurant Objections close 3 October 2016.
Ashburton Water Zone Committee meeting Tuesday 27 September 2016, 1pm
County Club Ashburton Objections close 26 September 2016
Road Closure Proposal
Roads proposed to be closed:
Council Meeting Thursday 22 September, 1.30pm
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