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Road Safety Quiz - Try our new Road Safety Quiz. If you answer all questions correctly, you will go in the draw to win a $50 petrol voucher.


New Ashley River Bridge - The opening ceremony for the new Ashley River Bridge was held on Saturday 21 February 2015. There are a few finishing touches to be done to the approaches before the bridge is fully open. Both lanes of the new bridge will be open to traffic from Friday 6 March. View the video of the opening ceremony on YouTube.


Water Conservation - Due to dry, warm weather conditions, the Council is experiencing very heavy demand on water supplies throughout the district, more specifically in Woodend, Cust and the Oxford urban water supply. Until the dry conditions ease, residents are asked to minimise usage of water for gardens and lawns - this will help to avoid mandatory water restrictions. Your help would be appreciated.


Health Warning - Toxic blue-green algae in Lake Pegasus - The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Lake Pegasus. People and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid contact with Lake Pegasus until the health warning has been lifted.

Update 20 February: The results of further testing of Pegasus Lake show that the algal bloom is widespread around the lake. The Council will be erecting more warning signs around the lake to advise potential lake users. Typically the algal bloom occurs during long spells of warm dry weather such as have occurred over recent weeks in North Canterbury – the duration of the outbreak is difficult to predict given that weather dependence. Continued warm dry weather will extend the duration of the outbreak. Chemical treatment of the outbreak is impractical both from a technical and environmental perspective. Testing is continuing on a regular basis and the Council will advise when and if the situation changes. In the interim, direct contact with the lake water is strongly discouraged for both humans and animals.

Oxford-Eyre Ward Advisory Board Vacancy - If you would like to be involved in your local community, being a member of a Ward Advisory Board would be a great way of meeting people and making a contribution to your district. There is one position available until October 2016.


Plasterboard Disposal - As from 14 February 2015 the Council cannot accept separated plasterboard at a discounted price. All plasterboard will have to be put into the rubbish pit at the full rubbish disposal charge until further notice.


Unwanted or Expired Agrichemical Collection - Agrecovery will shortly be holding collections for unwanted or expired agrichemicals in the Canterbury region. All rural property owners are encouraged to make use of this collection.

Oxford Town Hall - The Oxford Town Hall was re-opened on 19 February by Prime Minister John Key. View a video of the opening ceremony on YouTube.


Public Health Notice About Drinking Water - Plumbosolvency - Some plumbing fittings have the potential to allow minute traces of metals to accumulate in water that has been standing in the fittings for several hours. As a precaution, the Ministry of Health recommends that you flush a mugful of water from your drinking water tap each morning before drinking.


Local Alcohol Policy - The Council adopted the Local Alcohol Policy on 3 February 2015 in response to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Read the Media Release.

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