Selwyn in good shape

by Mike Isle

Selwyn District continues to be a popular place to live work and play and could get even better if the Council’s 2017–2018 Annual Report is anything to go by. The report underlines the district’s continuing growth, economic confidence and community development.

It notes that Selwyn’s population is now estimated to be more than 60,000 — making it the South Island’s third-largest territorial authority and that the district’s economy is growing at double the national average.

Mayor Sam Broughton said the council was continuing to play a central role in providing the essential services, infrastructure and facilities to support a growing community.

In its report, the council said it performed well during the year. It achieved 88 per cent of its performance targets which, it noted, was a 2 per cent increase on the previous year.

Overall, the council’s financial position remains sound. Expenditure for the year was $100.6 million, close to the budget of $99 million — the variation being attributed to increased maintenance and operational expenditure, the acceleration of the district plan review, and the higher cost of sales arising from land sales Izone. Revenue for the year was $146 million compared with a budgeted $128.6 million.

Building activity remains strong, and the council points to its strong commitment to infrastructure development and community facilities.

All of which has not gone unnoticed by the general population: 69 per cent of residents rated the council’s overall performance as “good to very good.” A point acknowledged by Mayor Broughton.

“We are pleased to be contributing to Selwyn’s success as a place that welcomes families from around New Zealand and the world, [making] it easy for businesses to establish and thrive, and supporting our primary sector,” he said.

“Our results for the year outline the investment we are making to support our communities and make sure we are well placed to accommodate the growth that we expect to continue for some time.”