Join the conversation

by Sam Broughton

Selwyn has 60,000 people living across 6,400 square kilometres, driving on 2,600km of roads, with households consuming 6.5 million litres of water annually, and playing in 83 built playgrounds.

This doesn’t happen by accident, and we have just released our draft plan to look after what we have, and build for our future. 

The month of April is your opportunity to voice your support, amendment or objection to this 10-year plan. 

We have spent the last 18 months bringing together the plans and ideas we have heard from you, costing it all, figuring out when it should be done, and determining what the effect on rates will be. 

The major proposals include: 

• The completion of the Rolleston town centre along Tennyson Street including a cultural space, library, and cinema along with food and beverage outlets overlooking the reserve. 

• Major roading upgrades and investment to link our local roads with the new motorway. We also plan to seal some significant link roads where part of the road is already sealed. 

• Changes in the way we rate for halls and for reserves as well as for water races. 

• An extension of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre which received over 300,000 visits last year.

• A new indoor court facility at Foster Park, which would have eight courts on two surfaces and could cater for sports like basketball and futsal to community events like car shows and indoor ice skating. 

• A conversation about drinking water safety and chlorination. Selwyn has 30 drinking water supplies (some from rivers, others from deep wells), five of them chlorinated. There are lots of other items too including walking and cycling, new community centres in Hororata, Leeston and Prebbleton, investment in solid waste. 

The plan will mean an average rate increase of 4% annually for the next 10 years. Some places will pay more while others will pay less. 

The affordability of our plans is very important to me, as I know it is to you, so please let us know where we are going right, or what you would like us to change. 

I’m visiting local cafes over the next month to meet and discuss these plans, so feel free to join the conversation. 

You can check out the plan by picking one up at a council service centre or online at selwyn.govt.nz.