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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:24am

The Council’s 2018/19 Annual Report shows it is making significant progress in responding to the district’s continuing population and economic growth.

The report shows Selwyn’s population is over 63,000, housing continues to grow and economic activity is well ahead of regional and national averages.A mother and a young boy in a dinosaur t-shirt sit reading a book together on a red bean bag

Mayor Sam Broughton says the report outlines the Council’s investment in services for people, and the preparation for future capital expenditure over the next 12 months.

“We have spent the last year planning and budgeting for the capital build of some large projects for our district. This planning will prove essential to delivering the needs of our community,” he says.

“It’s been rewarding to see new services and facilities completed in an ongoing way and we need to ensure that our roading, waste and water services continue to meet expectation.”

During 2018/19 new community centres were opened in West Melton, Lakeside and Weedons, along with the Lincoln skatepark, campground improvements, new public toilets, and a park-and-ride facility in Rolleston.

Work was set to begin on the Selwyn Aquatic Centre extension, Foster Park indoor courts, Te Ara A¯tea and Rolleston town centre development. Planning is also well under way for new community centres at Leeston, Prebbleton and Hororata.

The Council resealed 74.2km of road, repaired 5,300 potholes, graded 10,524km on unsealed roads and constructed 2.2km of footpath extensions. It carried out water upgrades at Southbridge, Lake Coleridge, Malvern Hills-Hartleys Road, and Hororata.

Library opening hours were extended and 12,573 residents attended 141 different events ranging from a teddy bears’ picnic to Matariki celebrations.

Overall, the Council achieved 86% of its performance targets for the year.

The Council’s revenue for the year was $166 million compared with the budget of $146 million and it spent $106 million compared with the budget of $108 million thanks to reduced borrowing requirements, the timing of some significant capital projects and higher than expected revenue from rates and development contributions. The value of the Council’s assets remained stable at $1.627 billion.