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Selwyn Times: May 17, 2016

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4 Tuesday May 17 2016 your local Views SELWYN TIMES Something on your mind? Email in 150 words or less. Facebook us on Milestones for zone committee District councillor and Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee member Pat McEvedy The Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee has achieved a number of important milestones. Formed in 2010 the committee is made up of a mix of community members and a representative from each of the six runanga who hold kaitiakitanga over Te Waihora. The committee’s objective was to assess the state of the environment in our district, to consult and communicate with stakeholders and community and make recommendations to Environment Canterbury, these recommendations form the basis for rules and regulations that will control the environmental impact of agriculture and community wastewater systems among other things. These rules and regulations are now reality and will govern and control the way agriculture and many other activities operate for many years, this is called PC1 of the Land and Water SOAP BOX Regional Plan. Our over allocated groundwater aquifers are to be rebalanced by introducing alpine water through CPW and retiring those groundwater takes that have depleted our lowland streams and rivers, we have pioneered the practice of using excess water from our water races to also replenish those streams and provide a low nutrient source of water to assist in the rehabilitation of the water quality in streams and ultimately Te Waihora. All farms now have to take account of their environmental impact and nutrient loss and work to mitigate these effects. Along with this the zone committee has introduced many plantings, fencing and the protection of native bush, streams, and other areas through its “Immediate Steps Programme”. The role of this committee is now changing to one of overseeing the implementation of these rules and regulations and providing support to ECan and other agencies. This process has for me been one of the most challenging and rewarding involvements of my life. The first challenge was to build productive relationships between committee members who held totally different points of view. Overtime the reward has been to see the unity and determination among this group grow to achieve the common goal of protecting and enhancing the environment for our future generations. It is also important to point out that committee meetings are open to the public and that we have held upwards of 40 extra public meetings to involve as many people as possible in the discussions and solution. Finally the membership of this committee is open to all, each year there are advertisements in local newspapers for expressions of interest so get involved, keep your eye out for these ads and if you think you can bring something to the table please apply. A reader responds to last week’s article on the skate park expansions in Leeston and Darfield: Lynda Jessop, of Leeston: I would like to say how wonderful it is to see the new skate park taking shape at the Leeston Park. It will be a terrific place for all age groups to gather showing off their individual skills. Also I feel families will go to see what their children are up to and maybe even give it a go themselves! I use to have to take my children into the skate park on Moorhouse Ave so they could explore their daredevil side and the smile on their faces was priceless after a day tearing around. Also the encouragement of the“bigger kids” showing them how to do a different trick or running to help them after a fall installed in me that not all teenagers are bad. It is also great that it is adjacent to the rugby ground so maybe while the bigger siblings are playing rugby the younger ones can let off steam at the skate park. I look forward to hearing the sounds of laughter, yells of encouragement and just to see kids being kids out in the fresh air. Bring on the scratches and bruises and tired kids that have just had a damn good time doing what kids should be allowed to do. Rolly Mowers Maurice now has a gold card (Oh Dear!) and intends to enjoy the years ahead. I wish to thank everyone who has supported me at Rolly Mowers over the years, it has been a pleasure meeting you all and your custom has really been appreciated. 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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday May 17 2016 5 News tips? Email or phone 364 7442. Your opinion? Facebook us on NEWS Wandering dogs spark complaints CAITLIN MILES Molly Gamble’s dogs will not be found walking around the streets of Leeston alone. Greyhounds Kai and Flo have to contend with a high fence in order to make a great escape. But more than 560 dogs have been found wandering around the district according to latest numbers. A recent district council report showed that the top canine complaint for the past year was dogs wandering, with a further 473 complaints being made about dogs people had found. The report compiles information gathered from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Selwyn has a total of 12,352 dogs registered. There are 65 dogs classed as menacing and five classed as dangerous in the whole of Selwyn. Barking dogs that were complained about were relatively small with only 170 complaints made. More than $10,900 in fines were collected by the district WELL-KEPT PETS: Molly Gamble with Flo and Kai (right). council for 130 infringements. Failing to register a dog is the top fine, with 103 people pinged with the $300 fine. Seven people were fined $200 each for failures to keep a dog controlled or confined, with just a person fined $750 for failing to comply with a menacing classification. For Mrs Gamble, she sticks to the rules, not only because she wants to be a responsible dog owner. “I can’t afford a fine,” she said. Selwyn dogs June 1 2014 to June 30 2015 Total registered dogs: 12,352 Number of dangerous dogs: 5 Total menancing dogs: 65 Infingement notices issued: 130 Failure to register a dog: 103 Failure to keep a dog controlled or confined: 7 Failure to comply with menancing classification: 1 Total number of complaints received: 1352 Wandering dogs: 562 Barking: 170 Attack: 95 Rushing/aggressive: 52 Found: 473 Have your say: Are Selwyn’s dogs a problem? Are stricter rules needed? Email caitlin.