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Posts Tagged ‘Ashburton District Council’

Playground ‘dangerous’

An Ashburton mother has described the condition of some parts of the Ashburton Domain playground and aviary ‘absolutely horrific’ after a near-miss with her son yesterday and called for a please explain from the Ashburton District Council. Symone Hart took to social media yesterday afternoon after her two-and-a- half-year-old son, (more)

Villa to be demolished

The Ashburton District Council will today demolish what was once “a beautiful old house”. The 100-plus year old villa at 131 Havelock Street is on the council’s current administration site, behind the main council office building. A temporary building is to be constructed in its place, to house the council’s Civil Defence (more)

Underground systems well placed

An environmental report might condemn the wastewater and stormwater systems in many New Zealand towns and cities as woefully inadequate, but that does not describe Ashburton’s infrastructure, a local body engineer says. The climate change report makes it clear that ageing infrastructure would be under pressure to cope with  the strain of (more)

Have your say on Our Place

The countdown is on for people to have a say about what they believe are the most important things that should happen in the Ashburton District over the next 10 years. As the Ashburton District Council begins working on its next 10 year plan it is carrying out a community-wide consultation where it has asked residents to tell councillors how (more)

Council proactive over rates

The level of unpaid rates might be rising, but that’s more a reflection of higher rates rather than an inability of property owners to pay their bills, says Ashburton District Council finance manager Sandy Hogg. With two rating instalments for the current year ticked off, Hogg said that compared to many local authorities, the district’s (more)

Holidays – in the bank?

Donating their surplus sick leave to their work mates could become an option for Ashburton District Council staff in the future. The issue has been discussed by staff and while the council won’t be following the lead of the Marlborough District Council in creating a sick leave bank, council chief executive Andrew Dalziel said the idea is on (more)

Civic centre ramping up

A giant step has been taken in a project that will see Ashburton’s new civic centre and library built in Baring Square east. For several weeks the Ashburton District Council has been in negotiations with the Methodist Church and a private land owner to secure the two properties it needed for the new complex. This will be a co-build, (more)

Council costs $13.3m to run

Keeping the council’s business ticking over cost ratepayers $13.307 million last year. On the payroll were 245 full and part time staff. Those staff members represent 16 different nationalities with the United Kingdom, Philippines and India most strongly represented. Staff also come from Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, (more)

Future ideas flooding in

When it comes to how the Ashburton District should grow and develop in the future, its residents are not short on ideas. A survey designed to help the Ashburton District Council plan for the future has generated more than 2200 individual suggestions ranging from roading and economic development to sports and recreational facilities. The Our (more)

Big tick for annual plan

Every property in the Ashburton District carries a share of the Ashburton  District Council’s debt. For the year to June 30 that debt level sat at $3140 per property as part of an overall parcel of the council’s $47.5 million worth of public debt. The council’s income for the year was $67.426 million and its total operating (more)


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