Horses, notable locals & recent history

Horses In the field of transport and agriculture, horses have played a major role. The racing of horses in Canterbury was started at Riccarton in 1854 with the formation of the Canterbury Jockey Club. Some gallopers have been trained in… Read More

Sports & Leisure Centre progresses

In a recent letter to the West Melton Residents Association, the Selwyn District Council have notified the imminent appointment of an architect for the development of conceptual drawings for a new Sports & Leisure Centre in the village. The Selwyn District Council expects to announce details of the appointed Architect during the week of July 28.

Below is the letter received by WMRA.
Council and the Project Steering Group have appointed an Architect who will assist with the development of conceptual drawings for the new community facility to be located at the West Melton Reserve.
As part of the concept design process, the Architect will be engaging with the Project Steering Group, key stake holder and user groups to capture and gauge requirements. Earlier feedback gained through community consultation in November 2013 will feed into the design process also. There will be opportunity for the wider community to comment on the concept designs once complete..
Work on the concept plans is expected to be complete by late September 2014.

July WMRA meeting recap

Another well attended West Melton Residents Association meeting at the Community Centre.  Guest speakers included Murray England, Water Assets Manager (5 Waters) at the Selwyn District Council and Nick Stoneman, a member of the Hornby Community Patrol and Community Patrols New Zealand.

Murray gave a comprehensive presentation, beginning with the history of the West Melton town water supply, then an overview of the current problems and the SDC’s plan to resolve these.  Murray explained how each of the 3 township bores had sequentially failed water quality tests and the steps SDC had made along the way to keep the potable water supply safe.  Currently, the Royston Common bore is offline, due to a recent change in water quality, where tests indicated the presence of ecoli following heavy rain.  The two bores from Preston Downs are currently ‘carrying the town’.

The Great Westie Shindig sells out!

The Great Westie Shindig has sold out due to popular demand. All available tickets were snapped up within days of their sale being announced in the West Melton News and online.

Black Tie Ball sells out!

Tickets for the West Melton 150th Black Tie Ball have completely sold out due to popular demand.