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Friday March 8, 2019



Seddon water treatment plant open day The new Seddon water treatment plant will be officially opened in a couple of weeks, and the $4.4 million facility will be open to the public from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm on Friday 22 March. Work on the new treatment plant began in January 2018 and treated water began flowing last October. Between October and December, the plant operator was tasked with monitoring the new system. Data gathered was passed onto the Drinking Water Assessor who is now the process of assessing the information before he can provide final approval to lift the boil water notice. Councillor Cynthia Brooks says opening the plant to the public is a major milestone for the town and for all of those who have been involved in the project from the beginning. “The finishing line is in sight now and Seddon residents are close to being able to drink straight from the tap.” “We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 22 March.”

Students from sister region Ningxia in China visited Mayor John Leggett recently. They were hosted by local families, whilst studying at Renwick

weather related in Picton for example, air temperature, wind speed and direction, rain fall, and humidity. Information recorded at the Picton weather station can be accessed on Council’s website at: environmental

Review of cemetery fees The Council is considering increasing its cemetery fees and charges and would like to hear from you. The Council manages eight cemeteries across Marlborough at Ward (Flaxbourne), Seddon (Awatere), Omaka, Fairhall, Tua Marina, Picton, Havelock and Rai Valley. Currently the cost split for care of these cemeteries is 70% ratepayerfunded, with users contributing 30% towards the purchase of plots, interments, maintenance and management. The increase proposes the split of costs between ratepayers and users would shift to 50/50 from the current 70/30. The Council would like to know whether you think a 50/50 split is about right or whether there should be a different split. You can find out more about cemeteries, how they are managed, what they cost to operate and about the proposed fee

School, Marlborough Boys’ and Marlborough Girls’ Colleges, and were accompanied by family members and education agent Kiki Chenshu.

Ageing Positively - Margaret Marfell

Launch of Picton’s weather station Councillors, Council staff, the Picton Marlborough Visitor Economy Group and community members came together on Monday to celebrate the official opening of Picton’s new weather station. The weather station uses the latest technology to provide information on all things

Sister city students visit Marlborough

increase at https://www.marlborough.govt. nz/services/cemeteries You can also contact Linda Craighead or Grahame Smail at the Council on 03 520 7400 if you wish to talk with someone about the review. Feedback can be made in writing to: Linda Craighead Reserves Planner Marlborough District Council PO Box 443 Blenheim 7240 or email cemeteryfees@marlborough. There is no set format for providing feedback but we have provided an online feedback form at https://www. The closing date for receiving feedback is 5 April 2019.

Margaret Marfell lives by the motto of helping people, placing great emphasis on the importance of friends. With this in mind it comes as no surprise that Margaret has been involved in local community charities for all of her married life. In 1957 Margaret joined Plunket and became a member of the committee catering for various events in Seddon. Today, at almost 90 years of age Margaret is still actively involved with Plunket. Margaret has also been a member of the Beaver Town Lions group for the past 25 years. During that time she has held a range of roles including the position of president. In recognition of her service and commitment Margaret was awarded the Lloyd Morgan fellowship in Lions – a very prestigious award.

Those who know Margaret will tell you she is always the first to put her hand up to take part in any charity work; helping people is something that comes naturally to her.

Boil water notice - Awatere and Seddon Water from Council’s reticulation system in Seddon and the Awatere should be boiled. It does not currently meet the NZ Drinking Water Standard and may contain bacteria or protozoa that are harmful to human health. Treated water is available at the public tap on the corner of Marama Road

and Foster Street. A new Seddon water treatment plant is under construction and will supply treated water to the NZ Drinking Water Standard. For further information contact our Customer Service Centre Ph: 03 520 7400.

Community News - Plunket The Royal NZ Plunket Society Marlborough provides child health services for pre-school children and

parent education. Located at 16 Henry Street, they are open daily. For more information Ph: 03 578 5633.

Stepping UP – free computer courses Marlborough District Libraries offers FREE computer basics, digital photos, spreadsheets, family history and more, on Tuesday mornings and

Street Address: Phone: 03 520 7400 15 Seymour Street Fax: 03 520 7496 Email: Blenheim 7201 New Zealand

Thursday evenings. To enrol, phone Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) on: 03 520 7491 or visit

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