More than 400 submissions were made over the Ashburton District Council proposal to hike fees at the EA Networks Centre (EANC) by more than 40 per cent, leading the council to back down. The council is set to keep the 60 per cent rate subsidy for the EANC, while gym fees will go up 9 per cent for the first year. But stadium fees will go up 15 per cent for years one and two, and 10 per cent in year three.
In the first donation round for 2018, the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury approved donations totalling $54,805. The Ashburton Mackenzie Community group received $10,000 towards coordinator costs, while the Ashburton Youth Cafe Trust, Squash Midlands and the Ashburton Parents Centre received $5000.
Nurses who trained with or worked for Ashburton Health Services are being invited to a reunion. The Ashburton Biennial Nurses Reunion is being held on May 6. Donations received on the day contribute towards the upkeep of the memorial cabinets that recognise the contribution of nurses in Ashburton. Contact Kay King for more on 03 303 6033.