Council updates  |  16 May 2024

News from yesterday's Christchurch City Council meeting.

Biodiversity Fund Projects

Christchurch City Council approved $400,000 of funding across fourteen projects aimed at protecting and enhancing biodiversity on private land.

Funded projects include feral pig control at Te Waihora catchments, Living Springs Native Forest Enhancement, and Tirowaikare covenant (Beggs) weed control – Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust.

Funding assists local landowners working to protect and restore the district’s significant and vulnerable ecosystems and species across the region.

Heritage Incentive Grant Applications

Councillors approved a raft of funding for eleven heritage conservation projects across the city and Banks Peninsula as part of the Heritage Incentive Grant.

Grant funding aims to promote protecting, maintaining, repairing and upgrading heritage buildings, places, structures and objects.

Approved applications include stained glass conservation works at St Michael and All Angels Church, relocation, conservation, maintenance and upgrade works to the Rāpaki School building, located at 9 Kina Road, Rāpaki, and funding towards the Lewe Summers Memorial Sculpture project at Mount Pleasant Community Centre.

Upper Riccarton street upgrades 

Street upgrades around Bush Inn Centre have been given the green light.

Councillors have approved the Waipuna Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board’s recommendations to go ahead with a new signalised crossing on Waimairi Road at the Bush Inn Centre, add on-road cycle lanes on Waimairi Road from Riccarton Road to Bowen Street, and install a short section of bus lane on Riccarton Road.

Staff will put forward a separate report to Councillors with options for the Main South, Yaldhurst and Riccarton intersection in the next few months.