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Selwyn Times: September 20, 2016

Selwyn Times: September 20,

FREE TUESday SEPTEMBER 20 2016 379 7100 Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Authorised by Nina Green, 1 Wedgewood Row, Rolleston. Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass Doggone good home • By Tom Doudney SHE MAY have had a rough background but the first dog to be successfully rehomed from Selwyn’s new pound is settling in great with her new Rolleston family. Sasha, a staffordshire bull terrier, recently moved in with her new family Chris and Lisa Burrows and their two children, Sophie, 3, and Mackenzie, 16 months. Mrs Burrows said it already felt like Sasha had always been with them and Sophie loved her. “Sasha is really good with her which is great,” Mrs Burrows said. “We actually just had our 17-yearold border collie put to sleep, that’s the reason we were looking for another dog, and seeing Sasha on the council website we fell in love as soon as we met her.” Sasha had been very timid when the family came to see her and it was suspected she had been abused before she was abandoned and picked up by dog control officers. “But as soon as we got her home and into our environment it was amazing – all she wants to do is be loved and she just relaxed straight away,” Mrs Burrows said. The new district council operated pound just outside Rolleston has been in service since July. Previously, pound facilities for Selwyn dogs were provided by a private contractor. It can accommodate up to 20 dogs and has separate facilities for each one as well as a dog exercise area. Last year 109 Selwyn dogs were picked up by the district council’s animal control team. HAPPY HOME: Chris Burrows with Sasha, the first dog rehomed from the new pound near Rolleston. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Extensive election coverage in today’s issue SELWYN WILL know who their new mayor is in just under three weeks. Postal voting for the local body elections closes on October 8. There are five candidates to take over the mayoral chains from the retiring Kelvin Coe. Today we profile all five on page 8, with further local body coverage on pages 9, 10, 12 and 13. While 35,126 eligible Selwyn voters have enrolled to vote and will be receiving their voting papers, many eligible voters are not enrolled. Selwyn electoral officer Douglas Marshall said that while electoral rolls had now closed, people could still enrol to vote by requesting special voting papers. In 2013, Selwyn recorded a 43 per cent turnout at local elections – slightly above the national figure of 41 per cent. Voting papers are being mailed out to registered voters. Special voting papers can also be collected from the district council’s Rolleston headquarters or from Darfield, Leeston or Lincoln library and service centres during opening hours. •Enrolment forms and information are available from “Plenty of space, man.” Watch our hilarious Faringdon kids talking about their dream homes at STAGE 15 SELLING NOW! 428m 2 sections priced from $162,000 You can afford to dream big at Faringdon as the sections are large enough for a rocket launch. Call Bruce Harvey on 0800 667 849 Ava (8) Visit Rolleston’s fastest selling development Dynes Road, Rolleston. Wed to Sun 12pm to 4pm Call Bruce Harvey on 0800 667 849 or visit 656m 2 sections priced from $179,000 Riley (6) FRD29414-SM 260x90