Mayoral News

Published: 25 May 2017

Council Meeting Snippets – Tuesday 23 May 2017

Ultrafast Broadband

It was highlighted at the Council meeting the Waimate District cannot afford to wait until 2024 for the national Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) rollout as the delay is significantly impacting on our rural community and our urban areas. We’ll be making it a priority to engage with potential partners and the community in a bid to identify other appropriate solutions that could be implemented sooner.

Victoria Park Playground

Good news for the children! Council agreed to fund the replacement of the Victoria Park playground infrastructure and new safety matting. A future workshop will focus on the District’s existing playgrounds, their usage and requirements, and the potential to further develop the Boland Park playground.

Waimate District Marketing Website

Council approved the development of a Council-owned, externally designed, developed and operated website that promotes the Waimate District to local, national and international markets. Marketing the district was identified as a priority through the recent Economic Development Strategy workshops and online survey. Expressions of interest will be sought from appropriate providers. We will keep you informed on progress of this exciting initiative.

Citizenship Ceremony

I was delighted to be able to conduct the citizenship ceremony for Eafou Tagiaia, Crispin Langston, Terry and Kristy Thomas and Rika Yokoyama. The participation of our local Kapa Haka group who performed a waiata for the new citizens and led the national anthem made this ceremony very special for all those who attended.

Environment Canterbury visit

On Tuesday afternoon in a separate meeting, Council hosted eight Environment Canterbury Councillors and their Chief Executive at a meeting where we highlighted and discussed a number of items that are significant to our district such as clean air, water quality, consent monitoring, roadside spraying, Wainono Drainage Board and the St Andrews Septic Tank Global Consent application. It was a very useful meeting and we will continue to work positively together to better meet the needs of our district.

South Canterbury Sports Awards

Our Deputy Mayor Sharyn Cain attended the prestigious South Canterbury Sports Awards on my behalf on Friday evening where our own Natalie Rooney took away the South Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year Award. I also congratulate Natalie on attaining the Number 1 World Ranking in Shooting – which no doubt contributed to her selection. I’m sure I speak on behalf of our entire district in congratulating her on this very special achievement. I’d also like to express congratulations to Dylan Kennett and Holly Edmondston for their nominations. It goes without saying that the Waimate District was well and truly represented in this category.

St John District Awards

Last Friday the Mayoress Lyn and I attended the St John District Awards Function at Geraldine where I had the chance to say a few words about the St John service in our district. As I mentioned in my speech, in small rural communities such as Waimate – St John is vital. There wouldn’t be many families that haven’t had the need to call on the skills of trained St John staff or volunteers in our community. The Waimate service is fortunate to have a full time Paramedic backed up by 16 very willing volunteers in operations. My congratulations go to those who received or were recognised with awards at this function.

Craig Rowley