RATES RISE

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

Rates will rise by 6.57 per cent in the Ash­bur­ton Dis­trict, af­ter the Ash­bur­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil adopted its 2017/18 An­nual Plan last week. The rise is un­der the in­crease pre­vi­ously pro­jected (11 per cent in the 2015/25 Long Term Plan) to fund the work pro­gramme for the next fi­nan­cial year. The 2017/18 An­nual Plan de­tails how coun­cil pro­poses to fund its pro­grammes and projects through the next fi­nan­cial year, and cov­ers the third year of the 2015/25 Long Term Plan.

WHEELIE BINS

More Ash­bur­ton res­i­dents will be able to dis­pose of their rub­bish and re­cy­cling us­ing the new wheelie bin service when it rolls out in the dis­trict this year, af­ter Ash­bur­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil voted to ex­tend the kerb­side col­lec­tion bound­ary. Some prop­er­ties that lie out­side the cur­rent kerb­side col­lec­tion ar­eas in Ash­bur­ton, Methven, Rakaia North and Winslow, and those in Fair­ton and Lake Hood, will join ur­ban prop­er­ties in re­ceiv­ing the wheelie bins when the new sys­tem be­gins on Septem­ber 1.

DOG REG­IS­TRA­TION

Dog reg­is­tra­tion month is about to be­gin around the coun­try, and the Ash­bur­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil is re­mind­ing lo­cal dog own­ers to regis­ter or re-regis­ter their pets and work­ing dogs with coun­cil be­fore July 31. Reg­is­tra­tion forms will ar­rive in the post, and own­ers are en­cour­aged to regis­ter their pet online or at coun­cil re­cep­tion. Coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing man­ager Rick Catch­powle said it was im­por­tant own­ers reg­is­tered their dogs to avoid penal­ties.

HOUS­ING POL­ICY

Coun­cil-owned el­derly per­sons’ hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties will now be guided by a new pol­icy in Ash­bur­ton, fol­low­ing the adop­tion of the El­derly Per­sons Hous­ing Pol­icy by the Ash­bur­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil. Res­i­dents pro­vided feed­back on the draft pol­icy ear­lier this year. Com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Vin­cieBil­lante said the pol­icy was in line with a num­ber of stan­dards and ini­tia­tives re­gard­ing rent cal­cu­la­tions and el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria.

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