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13 April 2018 - ADC - Ashburton District Council is today celebrating the efforts of both Council and the community after being presented a Highly Commended award at the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) Local Government Excellence awards ceremony in Auckland last night.

  The Council received the McGredy Winder SOLGM Highly Commended award in the Community Relations category for the ‘Our Place’ campaign, which it developed and carried out last year in preparation for the draft Long-Term Plan (LTP).

The category recognises projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding results through innovative means of community engagement or empowerment, and attracted 26 nominations from councils across the country.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our district and I’d like to congratulate everyone who helped in making the ‘Our Place’ campaign the wonderful success that it was,” Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel says.

“From the Council staff who developed and brought the campaign to life, the Councillors who took it out into the community, and – importantly, the people of this district who got involved and had their voices heard. These combined efforts produced an outstanding outcome around community engagement, and we are very proud and humbled to be recognised on a national stage.”

Through a series of short surveys, the ‘Our Place’ campaign gathered the community’s ideas for what they thought should happen in the district over the next 10 years. Those ideas were processed down to eight top priorities, and it was these priorities that Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says, helped inform the development of the draft LTP, now out for consultation.

“‘Our Place’ was a truly unique and innovative approach to engaging in a two-way conversation with our community. We wanted to change the way we included residents in the LTP process and get them involved very early on. The 2,200 ideas that were submitted in the first phase of the campaign gradually became eight very concrete priorities that our community cares about. We’ve been able to address many of these in the draft LTP.”

Those priorities were roading, community safety, environment, town centre development, second urban bridge, business development, EA Networks Centre development and new entertainment centres.

“‘Our Place’ was a fantastic demonstration of what can be achieved through councils and their communities working together, and this award is something we can all celebrate in,” Mayor Favel adds.
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