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Selwyn Times: June 28, 2016

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8 Tuesday June 28 2016 Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Focus on water issues at community level Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee chairman Allen Lim responds to Mike Glover’s Soap Box in last week’s issue of Selwyn Times on water quality in rivers and streams around Selwyn. I WAS pleased to read that Mike Glover thinks we’re on the right track with many of the community initiatives we’re working on to improve water quality in this zone. Mike talked about the Liffey Stream in Lincoln. We acknowledge that spring-fed streams, of which there are many on the Canterbury Plains, are challenging in terms of high nitrate levels. We are trialling Targeted Stream Augmentation to improve flow during dryer months and this may dilute the high concentration of nitrate. As for some of Mike’s other comments, let me point out that the zone committee’s focus is on water issues at the community level. We are politically neutral and work within the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and more specifically the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. Further, the goals and aspirations we’re working towards were set by the community from a series of meetings some six years ago. The challenge for the zone committee has been to find the middle ground for the various competing interests from different sectors of the community while maintaining the goal of “thriving communities and sustainable economies”. Selwyn residents can take comfort in the fact that we debate issues vigorously and make our decisions based on sound science. In a collaborative process, contentious issues invariably land us A FREE TRIP TO FIJI with every Onyx Home! A PERFECT FIT! A purpose-designed plan to suit your lifestyle - for LESS than a standard plan! in a space where there will have been compromises, but we can put up with it. I’d like to reiterate that the nitrate challenge is being addressed by tough new rules that now apply to farmers in Selwyn Te Waihora and a range of on-theground actions. I’m confident that what we have put in place will, in time, improve water quality both across the zone and in local ecosystems like the Liffey Stream. As always, we welcome any new ideas to challenge our thinking. RISK: The Liffey Stream in Lincoln is badly degraded with nitrates and phosphates. Readers respond to an article about volumetric water metering charges being implemented across the district: Steve Young, of Kirwee – How does the district council’s move to ‘change how they charge townships for water use’ square with the prime minister’s claim that nobody owns water? Dr Bruce Smith, of West Melton – In my view, the introduction of water meters is a direct result of the Government taking away our democratic right to vote for our representatives on Environment Canterbury so the farmers could take almost all the water under the Canterbury Plains. Having over-allocated this water right, the bore water levels are dropping, so we have to reduce our intake to keep their farms running in water. This is made even worse by some farmers reportedly taking more than their allocated amounts with absolutely no visible action from ECan. Moreover, I live in an area where it is often necessary to run the taps at a fast drip to prevent the pipes freezing at night in winter. Our water comes from a river, which has no shortage of water in the winter. My view is that our township should not be metered in winter because there is no shortage of water in that part of the year. I bet the money-hungry and farmerconscious district council gags on that one. Rosemary Neill responds to an article about changes to a roundabout in Rolleston: I was greatly disappointed to read about the proposed changes to this roundabout which are due to occur next month. UNSAFE: The five-legged roundabout has caused some concern from residents about how students will navigate the roundabout once Rolleston College opens next year. NEW SHOW HOME OPEN 1 Oak Drive, Flemington, Lincoln Open Fri-Sun 11am-4pm Examples of client custom designs No sales fees, no franchise fees and no top heavy overheads added to your cost file. The management team of Onyx Homes are quite simply some of the best and most experienced people in the industry. It’s through this experience that Onyx Homes wants to bring to their customers a better standard of home that is often less than the standard-plan-built homes of their competitors. Onyx believe that everyone is unique, so why settle for a standard-plan-home when you can have a purpose-designed plan to suit exactly your lifestyle and for less than a standard plan? A perfect fit! This is testament to our customers who have been amazed at the savings with Onyx, but also hadn’t realised their budget would allow for a such quality spec and design. Onyx Homes is the only company in the market that disclose their cost file to prove and ensure best price and quality. CHRISTCHURCH PH: 03 928 1505 | EMAIL: info@onyxhomes.co.nz Request a FREE brochure at: www.onyxhomes.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 28 2016 9 All that closing off Goulds Rd will do is force traffic from Springston, Sheralea, and the ever-growing Faringdon to use Springston-Rolleston Rd. This increase of traffic will go directly past not one school but two (Rolleston Christian School and Rolleston College). Anyone wishing to continue to use Goulds Rd from Springston or Faringdon will naturally divert down Broadlands Drive, forcing traffic to travel past yet another school (Clearview Primary). This change is not going to make it safer for any of the children from these schools. Surely a much easier, cost effective and efficient method would be to introduce pedestrian crossings, designated cycle paths and potentially time dependent reduced speed zones at the beginning and end of the school day. As three of the five entries to this roundabout are not residential properties there is also potential for the roundabout to be redesigned by making it larger and thus easier to negotiate for those who find it difficult. It is interesting to note that the New Zealand Transport Agency often makes roundabouts ‘difficult’ as this is a safety feature to ensure people slow down. Selwyn’s snow is a big drawcard Amy Adams Selwyn MP WHILE THE cooler weather may make us want to hibernate by the fire with a book, the snow on the Alps makes a beautiful backdrop to our scenery here in Selwyn. The snow is also a big drawcard for visitors, particularly skiers from across the Tasman. Selwyn has six ski-fields with the terrain and facilities to cater for every type of skier, including several fields which suit more advanced and expert skiers. While a lot of other tourists tend to travel to our region in the warmer months of summer, Australian skiers love the fact that they can be on top quality Canterbury snow a little over four hours from hopping on their plane. Ski-tourism is an important source of income for our region’s hospitality and accommodation providers, as well as our retailers. For this reason, I was pleased to learn that Christchurch International Airport will be welcoming 300 extra flights from Australia this winter, compared with the same time last year. This represents a 13 per cent increase in flights and seats direct into Christchurch from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to meet the demand during the ski season. Travellers will be able to choose from an extra 52,000 seats, including an extra 18,000 seats direct from Brisbane and almost 25,000 more seats from Sydney. Many of these visitors heading over from Australia will head off on their holiday in a rental vehicle. However, for those who arrive on later flights, it is important that accommodation is available nearby. Recently I attended the official re-opening by Prime Minister John Key of the Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel. Over the past two years, the hotel has undergone a $25 million redevelopment and it is now one of the largest conferencing facilities in our region. Along with the planned new 200-room hotel to be built near Porters Ski Area. the main terminal at the airport, the re-furbished Sudima hotel will increase the options for visitors arriving in Christchurch before setting off on holiday around the South Island. Our local accommodation providers experienced significant growth in the year ended March 2016 with the number of guest nights stayed in Selwyn increasing by 11 per cent. Visitors stayed a total of 96,608 nights in Selwyn in this period, up from 87,282 for the previous year. More flights and additional accommodation options will likely help make this year an even more successful year for our local tourism industry. To all Metro Customers Fare and Zone Changes A small fare and zone change will take effect from 4 July. However, metrocard fares will not change as much as cash fares, so metrocard users will now save even more. Customers on all current zone 3 Waimakariri services will now only pay a zone 2 fare. Save at least 30% when you use a metrocard Child Adult Metrocard Cash Metrocard Cash Zone 1 $1.25 $2.00 $2.55 $4.00 Zone 2 $1.85 $2.80 $3.75 $5.50 Airport one-way $1.25 $4.00 $2.55 $8.50 Airport return NA $7.00 NA $15.00 Ferry one-way $2.30 $3.20 $4.60 $6.50 Ferry return NA $6.40 NA $13.00 For more information visit our website or call 03 366 8855. Selwyn District Events Fund Applications to the Selwyn District Events Fund are open during July. Events help to make our district a great place to live, bring our communities together and attract visitors to Selwyn. The Council’s Events Fund can support a wide variety of events and help to pay for equipment and venue hire, event promotion, consent and traffic management costs and things that you need for the event. Applications for funding open 1 July and close 5pm, Monday 1 August 2016. To find out more and make an application visit www.selwyn.govt.nz/eventsfund or phone 03 347 2719 or 03 318 8338. ECAN/7429/STAR growing strong communities together