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Selwyn Times: August 30, 2016

6 Tuesday

6 Tuesday August 30 2016 SELWYN TIMES

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 30 2016 7 News Plant plan change mooted • By Tom Doudney A PROPOSED plan change would enable Fonterra to expand its Darfield site without going through the normal resource consent process. Instead the dairy giant would gain full approval to expand the plant within defined limits without applying for consent for each individual upgrade or addition to its existing facilities. The dairy giant has requested a change to the District Plan which would see its 131ha site officially defined as a dairy processing management area. A similar plan change was approved last year for Synlait’s Dunsandel site and Fonterra was heavily involved with that process. A total of 12 resource consents have been lodged and granted for the Darfield site since it was established in December 2010. Fonterra’s plans for the site include increasing the number of boilers from two to four, the number of dryers from two to four and staff numbers from 235 to 435, while extending a rail siding. The expansion would be expected to generate more vehicle movements – a situation-which would be managed within an imposed limit of up to 170 vehicles exiting EXPANSION: A plan change for Fonterra’s Darfield site would allow it to bypass the costly and time consuming resource consent process. the site within 30 minutes. Under the plan change, rules would control building location, colour and height within the DPMA and ensure the retention of open rural land surrounding the built up area. In its application, Fonterra argued that the plan change would create more certainty about the nature of future expansion for itself, the district council and the surrounding community, including landowners. “Given the scale and economic importance of the dairy industry within the Rural Outer Plains [zoned] environment, a primary reason for this plan change is to reduce the time, cost and uncertainties associated with consenting for what is largely the consolidation of an established dairy plant.” Darfield Community Committee chairman Paddy McKay said Fonterra’s presence had been great for the town and he couldn’t see any problem with the plan change . Lincoln rock concert COMING SOON: Annie Crummer and Sharon O’Neill are among the artists who will feature at the Live in Lincoln Selwyn Sounds concert. Details: Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 11.30am- 8.30pm Tickets: On sale Thursday via Ticketek. Ticket buyers will be able to pre-purchase a return bus ride between pick-up points in Christchurch or Rolleston and Lincoln Domain •From page 1 Dragon’s signature song, April Sun in Cuba, remains a Kiwi classic. Mr Parlane said the timing of the Mi-Sex comeback made them an ideal headliner and it had just been a matter of finding other artists that would fit the same bill. “Dragon has got hit after hit,” he said. “Everything just nicely fits with the music era that we want down in the domain.” Mr Parlane said the concert would be a family-friendly event, running from 11.30am to 8.30pm with a professional security company and a base of volunteers involved. Noise mitigation measures would limit the impact on the Lincoln community, with the stage facing towards the Southern Alps so that sound would be directed away from the town. Lincoln High School’s grounds will be used for car parking and the school will benefit financially from the event with students collecting money for parking. Father’s Day Buffet SUNDAY 4 TH SEPTEMBER Complimentary beer for Dad on Arrival* *Terms and conditions apply Make your Father’s Day extra special with the Sunday Buffet. We shall be serving a delicious menu of classic favourites, accompanied by live music. 2 sittings (11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm) Adults $49pp, Kids u12 only $20 Price per person - bookings essential Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort | Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury Cropping Farmers Still considering your Spring crop options? We have contracts available for ASIAN VEGETABLE Seed productions And some GARDEN PEA varieties Growing Crops for a Growing World Contact our field representatives today! Kym Townsend 027 522 3060 Andy Lilley 027 223 2747 Phone 03 325 2306 l Email