Council invites public to see how it works

19:29, Feb 26 2013
water tanker
NEW EDITION: Waimate's recently commissioned water tanker.

Waimate District Council opens its doors to the public on Friday for a look behind the scenes.

Council services including Timaru Rd water bore, sewage ponds, animal control and the recycling depot will be on display.

Tours will take place in the library and Victoria Park, offering an opportunity for people to learn how the facilities operate, and a chance to meet the staff.

Over the lunch period in the council car park, mayor John Coles will be head chef at a free barbecue, while council departments will set up displays and talk with the public about their respective areas.

Waimate promotions co-ordinator Donette Fargher said the rural fire service would be of special interest on Friday and be supported by the South Canterbury's rural fire officers.

The recently commissioned 6000-litre water tanker, smaller fire engine, smoke chaser and monsoon bucket would be on site, and staff would be on hand to discuss rural fire issues.


There would also be a presentation in the council chambers by GIS Mapping staff member Mark Foster on the role of mapping within the council.

"Councils are not normally known for inviting public into their world. However, Waimate and staff are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase their facilities, meeting the public and talking about their respective roles," Ms Fargher said.

A programme of the day's events is available from the council, the library and the information centre.

The Timaru Herald