Mayoral News

Published: 30 Mar 2017

‘From the Mayor’s Desk
Waimate District Council News
Wednesday 29 March 2017

2017 Waimate District Civic Awards Function

The annual Waimate District Civic Awards was held at the Waimate Event Centre on Friday 24 March 2017, where a handful of unsung heroes were acknowledged for their community service. Over the last eight years the Waimate District Civic Awards have recognised and thanked 35 individuals, three young people and two groups. In a small district like Waimate our volunteers are important, and without their valued contribution – we’d be a poorer community.

This year Alf & Glen Billett (joint award), Denise Campbell, Nancy Dobbie and Lyndsay Hossack, were chosen as the Adult Civic Award Recipients. This year’s Youth Civic Award was presented to Rochelle Wilson. The Waimate District Civic Awards Committee also presented a Posthumous Award to the family of the late Cheryl Hedley, one of the initial founders of the annual Waimate District Civic Awards, and who they felt in time would have been presented with an award for her own voluntary service in the community. For the second year a local organisation was recognised – and Deputy Fire Chief Roger Bell was presented with this award on behalf of the Waimate Volunteer Fire Brigade.

We were treated to a medley of songs including the National Anthem by the Waimate Community Choir, and local photographer, Lindsey Willoughby donated her skills to record this volunteer function.

Again this year there was a high calibre of nominations received.

Hunter Downs Water
At the Extra Ordinary Council meeting on 27 March 2017, Council approved the third and final instalment for Council’s investment in the development phase of Hunter Downs.  This fulfils the commitment Council made in 2014 to support a scheme that has the potential to provide a huge boost to the district’s economy, supporting future development and opportunities.

At the public meeting on Tuesday 4 April 2017, Council will be looking at the options and issues associated with Council using water from the scheme.  This will allow us to make a decision on whether Council will take up the ‘Wet’ share offer that many other landowners in the district are also considering.

Civic Anzac Service
The Waimate Community Anzac Group, which consists of members of Council, RSA, Waimate High School, Red Cross, Rotary and the Minister’s Association, are organising the annual Civic Service. This year the 10am Civic Service will be at the Waimate Event Centre – please look out for our usual posters with details of this and all our district’s Anzac Services as we move closer to the 25 April, and an advertisement will be in the Waimate Trader on Thursday 20 April 2017.

Mayoral Open Forum
My next Mayoral ‘open forum’, when I’ll be in my office at Council and available to speak individually with residents is Wednesday 12 April 2017, from 11.00am to 12.00pm.