Council adopts plan

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A $12 million expansion to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre and the $21 million development of indoor court and sports hub facilities at Rolleston’s Foster Park are among two of the projects signed off with the adoption of the Selwyn District Council’s latest 10-year Long Term Plan.

Council adopted its 2018–2028 Long Term Plan last week, signalling a series of landmark projects for the district.

Major projects endorsed by council in the plan include an additional 25 metre pool for the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, a new indoor courts complex at Foster Park, new community centres in Hororata, Leeston and Prebbleton and an extension to council headquarters in Rolleston.

Mayor, Sam Broughton, said the 10-year plan sets out an ambitious programme of new projects.
“Selwyn’s population is set to grow by around 20,000 to around 80,000 people over the next decade,” Mayor Sam Broughton said.

“This plan is a response to the challenges and opportunities of that growth, and we’ve worked hard to ensure we provide the infrastructure and services our community needs while balancing the affordability of rates.

“There are some big projects ahead, and we’re committed to getting them under way as soon as possible because we know how important they are to the whole community.

“We’re also pressing ahead with projects already in progress, like the exciting Rolleston Town Centre development, and a Health Hub to bring key health services to the district.”

Overall the plan forecasts average rate rises of 4% a year over the 10 years of the plan. In the coming 2018–19 year, the average rates rise will be 6%, with a similar rise in 2019–20.