14 Tuesday May 3 2016 your local Views SOUTHERN VIEW Something on your mind? Email email@example.com in 150 words or less Facebook us on facebook.com/riseupchristchurch/ Housing subsidy still needed A Government heating and insulation subsidy programme comes to an end in June. Community Energy Action Charitable Trust chief executive Caroline Shone writes this week’s column about the importance of the programme and why it should continue in some form. SOAP BOX Shelter is one of the most basic of human needs and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that everyone has the right to housing. It can be debated that housing that makes people sick, isn’t housing at all. However houses that are damp, houses that are cold, with the people living in them unable to heat them to an adequate temperature to keep them healthy, are a reality for many households in Christchurch. The old, the young and the sick suffer most in those houses. We all know the result. Every winter sees many residents ending up in hospital with preventable cold-related health issues. Even healthy people get sick more often in those cold, damp houses. From experience we know that installing insulation and heating in people’s homes especially those with health conditions will reduce hospitalisations, delivering cost savings to the health system. Installing insulation and heating is a one-off cost but the benefits last a long time, saving money on health and saving lives every year. The Government through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) have spent $450 million nationwide on insulation and heating subsidies over the last couple of years. And we know it has made a difference. The current subsidy programme comes to an end in June this year. It would be fantastic if subsidies would be available in the future for those who need insulation. It’s a great way for Christchurch people to help those in their community who need a bit of help to create a warm, dry, healthy home. Hoon Hay resident Gary Knight writes about a plan to intensify housing in Linwood. A major anomaly exists in respect of an upgrade of health and social services in Linwood. The proposed service hub in Eastgate mall, designated as The Loft, includes Barnados, Family Help Trust and NZ Red Cross Community Outreach as well as doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacy assistance, a physio and rehab area, and mental health counselling. This bears testimony to the extent of this HAVE YOUR SAY: If you have an opinion on a current issue, send your views to tom. firstname.lastname@example.org multi-purpose innovation. The Loft hub will effectively combine mental, physical, emotional, social and daily health issues all under one community venue. This concept, however, is undermined by the revelation of an abundance of low quality terrace-style housing units to flood Linwood. Engineered by a Governmentappointed independent hearings panel to fast-track a city planning rule review, resultant in notification to the city council to build up Linwood, this is ill-conceived legislature and demeaning to the area. The social services hub, along with local schools, suburban centres and bus routes will be disadvantaged by the influx of a myriad of extra personnel at these junctures, as well as parking problems due to increased traffic volume in many Linwood areas. In respect of this issue, therefore, reality must prevail over the issue of increased Linwood housing of this nature.
SOUTHERN VIEW Tuesday May 3 2016 15 your LOCAL Sports Let us know what’s going on with your club or team. Email tom.doudney@ starmedia.kiwi or phone 371 0780 Changing facilities upgraded for Halswell United The Halswell United A.F.C club changing rooms have undergone a new transformation. The changing rooms based at Halswell Domain were built in 1964 and up until the upgrade they were in “a pretty sorry state,” general manager Sam Bunn said. The upgrade took about two months with donations from Asia Pacific Football Academy Andy and Jane Smith who supplied the joinery at a reduced rate. Club president James Maguire said he was very proud of the new changing room facilities. He said the generous input of a RE-OPENING: Halswell United A.F.C president James Maguire (left) with long-standing lifemember Noel Hopgood. small band of volunteers led by long-standing player and member Gordan Murdoch made the new changing rooms possible. “This upgrade represents the start of our ongoing work to refresh and update our facilities as we look forward to the next 50 years of Halswell football,” he said. Mainland Football competition manager Colin Grant said he was proud of what the Halswell community had done with the changing facilities. “Especially the volunteers who have put their time and effort to make the club better than it already is.” He is certain within a few years the club will attract more players due to the endeavours of their strong committee. And the game on the unveiling day was a close one with a 4-5 loss to FC Twenty 11. MAKING A SPLASH: Westmorland resident Thomas MacGibbon, 12, second from left, was one of four Christchurch children who took part in the Jetstar Super Swim Squad Camp held recently in Auckland. Double Olympic gold medallist Danyon Loader was the guest speaker at the camp which saw elite young swimmers from around New Zealand meeting and talking to top national coaches. PHOTO: MARK LEEDOM TOP ATHLETES: Emma Sutherland (right) is one of four SouthernView area residents who have been nominated for Athletics Canterbury’s Athlete of the Year Awards. The Westmorland athlete, who represents the Christchurch Old Boys club, was nominated for jumper of the year. The other three athletes, all Cashmere residents, are Cameron Avery, from the Christchurch Avon club, for distance athlete of the year; William Stedman, from the Port Hills club, for para-athlete of the year; and George Edwards, from the Port Hills club, for coach of the year. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner at the Cashmere Club on May 13.