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Selwyn Times: May 24, 2016

Selwyn Times: May 24,

FREE TUESday May 24 2016 379 7100 EXHIBIT NOW! Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) SHOW 1ST-3RD JULY 2016 HORNCASTLE ARENA Contact Vanessa Fleming vanessa.fleming@starmedia.kiwi 021 914 565 Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass Environment key focus of Stage Challenge Jerome Taefu of Ellesmere College led the school’s performance at its Stage Challenge on Tuesday night. It focused on the state of the ecosystem in the lake. Darfield High School also competed in the national event. •More photos and results, page 10 PHOTO: QUIKPIX Opposition to quarrying plan mounts TOM DOUDNEY Controversial applications to allow quarries to dig below highest recorded groundwater levels are on shaky ground with two reports recommending they be denied. Environment Canterbury and the city council have both recommended to hearing commissioners that the Canterbury Aggregate Producers Group resource consent application not proceed, due to the threat to groundwater. The application has received widespread opposition from residents. The reports are a blow to the Canterbury Aggregate Producers Group – a group of eight quarry owners which made the applications – ahead of the resource consent hearing on June 13. One of the applications is for the Selwyn Quarries site on Selwyn Rd, with the others relating to quarries at McLeans Island and Yaldhurst. The applications drew 614 submissions, almost all of which were in opposition to the quarries’ plans. The quarries, which are currently allowed to dig down to 1m above highest recorded groundwater levels, have argued that if they aren’t allowed to dig deeper they may not be able to produce enough aggregate for the local market in the near future, threatening earthquake rebuild activities. The ECan report stated that while the risks to public health were very low it was possible that quarrying activities could affect the taste of groundwater for residents connected to nearby bores, making it unpalatable. “As suitable mitigation has not been provided for by the applicant we regard the risks posed by the activity to the local environment as unnecessarily high.” •Turn to page 5 INSIDE: • Blood test services given short notice, p3 • Hall opened, p7 Your local luxury Convenient Location Free Car Parking Local Luxury of Choice Find out more about our stores at rollestonsquare.co.nz 70-76 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston | 9 Masefield Drive (entry from Countdown and McCauley Street) ANZ Portabank | ASB ATM | BNZ | Coffee Culture | Corianders | Expoz’ Art | Fascino Shoes | Harcourt’s | helloworld | Highgate Hair Monkey Spices | Postie | Ray White | Robert Harris | Rolleston Bakery | Rolleston Central Health | Rolleston Drycleaners Rolleston Florist and Gifts | Rolleston Haircuts | Snap Fitness | Subway | Unichem | Viva La Moda | The Warehouse | Westpac rollestonsquare.co.nz Ph 03 347 9192 Proudly managed by Colliers Real Estate Management Limited