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Selwyn Times: August 16, 2016

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2 Tuesday August 16 2016 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK SELWYN TIMES News..................3, 5, 7, 11-13 LIVING IN Selwyn certainly has its benefits, but one disadvantage many would agree on would be the long commute to town. Well done then to a group of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School parents who have arranged a new bus to make their kids’ daily commute that much easier. You can read about that story on page 11. As October’s local body elections draw ever closer, we now have a clear picture of what the choices are. On our front page we take a look at all the candidates, including a previously unannounced bid for the mayoralty by an incumbent district councillor. Then, over on page 5, find out how well your fellow Selwyn residents think the district council has performed in delivering services like rubbish collection and road maintenance over the last year. Hei kona – Shelley Robinson Rolleston firefighter Steve Trigg is heading to Melbourne to take on a stair climb with the Canterbury team. Our 8-9 People Local Views......................4 Our People......................8-9 Sports.........................14-15 Events.......................................18 Bridal Show................. 19 Taste...........................................21 Gardening.......................22 Fashion.....................................23 Driven..............................27 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 NEWS Tom Doudney Ph: 371 0780 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 ROLLESTON PHYSIO 43 Shelley Street, Rolleston PHYSIOTHERAPY Acupuncture • Podiatry Pilates • Exercise Rehab Phone Now! 0800 347 9494 HALSWELL PHYSIO 43 Ensign Street, Halswell PHYSIO LINCOLN 19 Gerald Street, Lincoln Proud installers of Get a Mitsubishi Electric GE42 5.4kW Heat Pump including FREE installation* for just $2,399* *includes cost of back to back install only, conditions apply Phone 0800 324 678 Call now for a free quote OFFERS VALID 10-29 AUGUST 2016 $ 999 SAVE $1000 PARAMOUNT 3 seater chaise Printed cushions not included. Riccarton Megastore, 179 Blenheim Rd. Phone 341 3196 • OPEN 7 DAYS •

Jon Griffiths Brenna Sincock Hearing SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 16 2016 3 News Major Sheffield dam scheme given go ahead • By Tom Doudney CENTRAL PLAINS Water has been given resource consent to dam up to 2.08 million cubic metres of water near Sheffield. Water stored within the dam will be sourced mainly from the Kowai River supplemented with water from the Waimakariri River. The proposal, known as the Sheffield Scheme, would service an area of about 3500ha. The dam, which will be on the corner of Cox’s Rd and State Highway 73, is part of Stage 2 of the Central Plains Water (CPW) scheme. It is intended to improve reliability of the water supply to customers from 83 per cent to 96 per cent and reduce distribution costs. The dammed area will be around 34ha with a ring embankment ranging from 3.2m to 11m in height. Of 42 submissions received on the proposal, 34 were in support, four were opposed and four were neutral. The commissioners’ report noted that the dam would be located in a seismically active area with “a large number of faults identified” and “significant historic earthquakes.” They therefore decided to consider the potential for dam rupture as part of their decision. Evidence presented by CPW indicated that any dam-break would flood an area of about 2460ha, containing 259 different land parcels, about 1000m of State Highway 73, several road bridges and the Annat substation. However, evidence also indicated that the dam would have a very low probability of failure even in a substantial earthquake. One of the opposing submitters was Ngai Tahu, which raised concerns about the lack of a cultural impact assessment on how the dam and its construction could affect tangata whenua values and interests. CPW cited research which indicated it was unlikely an archaeological site would be found within the footprint of COMING SOON: A digitally altered photograph, looking west on State Highway 73, shows a rise in the top left of the picture where the dam embankment would be. ​ the dam but said it would be willing to have a cultural monitor on site for the duration of the earthworks. The consent was granted for a period of 35 years. The dam is expected to be completed by September next year. HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think of the commissioners’ decision to grant resource consent to the Sheffield Scheme? Send your views to tom.doudney@ In Brief BURNHAM PIG FARM An order for a pig farm near Burnham to cease operations, after neighbours complained about noise, dust and odour, has been withdrawn by the district council. It was withdrawn after the owners of the 20ha Thompsons Rd farm opted to re-enter the resource consent application process. The hearing is expected to be held later this month or early next month. LIBRARY STRENGTHENING Earthquake strengthening work on part of the Darfield Library and Service Centre will begin on Monday. The work will be done on the library’s meeting space, the entrance foyer and a storage area. The meeting rooms will be unavailable while the work is underway, which will take about a month. The rest of the building will remain open with access via a ramp from the side car park. PREBBLETON TAVERN APPEAL An appeal by the Prebbleton Tavern against a Selwyn District Licensing Committee ruling preventing it from advertising its off-licence alcohol prices to passers-by will be heard on Thursday. The case will be heard by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority at the Christchurch District Court. Pub owner Shannon Gilmore had argued that it wasn’t fair to limit advertising for its off-licence when supermarkets and other alcohol retailers were able to advertise more freely. •Rockers at pub, p7 LOVE YOUR HEARING Proud to be Local Hearing tests Affordable Hearing aids Earwax monitoring Brenna Sincock is Rolleston’s Hearing Specialist Need a hearing test, new hearing aids, or do your exisiting aids need adjusting? Now is the time to LOVE YOUR HEARING Branding / Appropriate Usage Call Brenna today 03 390 2332 PRINT 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston | Leeston | Darfield | Home Visits 2016 CultureFest Celebrating Selwyn’s diversity CultureFest is coming – help us host the fun! Selwyn’s first ever CultureFest is planned for Saturday 15 October as part of Rolleston’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Selwyn District Council is inviting cultural and ethnic community groups to take part in the celebration. Enjoy cultural activities including: · stage performances · music · food · art and craft demonstrations · ethnic have-a-go sessions · sports · games · information stalls Register your interest by Friday 26 August SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 12-4PM CORNER OF JONES & HOSKYNS ROAD ROLLESTON We are looking for groups interested in selling food, demonstrating cultural activities, displaying arts and craft or performing. Contact, or phone 347 2719.