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Community and Public Health in Mid Canterbury (Ashburton)
The Mid Canterbury region covers the central South Island between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers, and includes the main township of Ashburton. The district is one of the fastest growing in New Zealand, and is becoming more ethnically diverse with over the half the recent population increase resulting from arriving international migrants (2006 to 2011).
Community and Public Health provides services to the more than 33,000 people of this area, and is based at the Ashburton Hospital site.
The small team in Ashburton is made up of two health promoters and an administrator. These staff focus on:
- Working with local Māori to ensure available health services are promoted and accessible to Māori;
- Using the Health Promoting Schools framework to promote healthy food choices and healthy environments for physical activity in schools;
- Promoting healthy nutrition choices and healthy environments for physical activity in workplaces and the community;
- supporting workplaces through the WorkWell programme; and
- Promoting the Smokefree message.
Christchurch-based staff support the Mid-Canterbury region to enforce the Smokefree Environments Act, and provide infectious disease and environmental health services.
The Ashburton office has a small Community Health Information Centre, providing health information resources free to the public.
Council seeking feedback on Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project
Ashburton District Council media release: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
The Ashburton CBD is set for big changes to the design of its streets, and now the community has a chance to have their say on these proposals. The consultation for the CBD Revitalisation Project is now open.
Some of the proposed changes outlined in the Ashburton District Council’s plan to revitalise the Town Centre are:
- gateway treatments;
- a 30km/hour speed limit for the area bound by East, Moore, Cass and Havelock Streets; and
- the provision of free time restricted parking on a one-year trial basis.
“The Council is seeking to help reinforce the importance of the CBD, attract businesses back into the commercial centre and reclaim retail spend in the area. We understand that to do this, a vibrant and viable Town Centre is essential,” Chair of the Town Centre Working Group, Councillor Diane Rawlinson says.
“We are now accepting feedback on our draft streetscape designs, and it’s important that residents and businesses tell us whether they agree with the plans or not before final decisions are made in August.”
The consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd June 2018.