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Selwyn Times: September 27, 2016

Selwyn Times: September 27,

FREE TUESday SEPTEMBER 27 2016 379 7100 Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Make us your No. 1 stop for fresh fruit aNd vegetables opeN 7 days Phone 349 5952 Cnr Springs Rd & Marshs Rd, Prebbleton (next to Milanese Restaurant) Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass BEAUTY AND BRAINS This year’s Miss Famous Grouse winner Zoe Harty, 21, is more than just a pretty face. Ms Harty, an applied science student at Lincoln University, is not sure yet what she will use her degree for and said she would “see where it takes me.” After growing up on her family farm in central Hawkes Bay, Ms Harty studied first at Massey before making the move to Lincoln this year. Having signed up for the Miss Famous Grouse competition, she was shocked to be announced as the winner. Ms Harty was up against 12 others in the final on Thursday night. She planned to spend some of her $2000 prize money on clothes and put the rest towards an overseas trip. •More photos, page 11 PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER More freedom campers expected • By Tom Doudney SELWYN’S CAMPING spots are expected to see an increase in freedom campers this summer due to a ban in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. And the influx is expected to cost the district council about $30,000 in extra cleaning, servicing and waste removal for public facilities on campsites and in townships. Christchurch City Council had previously allowed freedom camping in five locations around the city and Banks Peninsula but in May it decided to ban the practise until at least May 2017 while it reviews its bylaw. A district council report prepared for tomorrow’s meeting noted that other Canterbury councils had also been reviewing whether they would permit freedom camping this summer. It stated that “Selwyn district will experience the impact of this position from our neighbouring authorities.” The predicted $30,000 “overspend” was mainly due to “the decision of Christchurch City Council to ban non selfcontained camping within their district.” Earlier this year the district council indicated that it could introduce a freedom camping bylaw in time for this summer but chief executive David Ward said it was now looking at promoting responsible freedom camping instead. Mayor Kelvin Coe said he believed the district was prepared to cope with the extra numbers but “time will tell.” District councillor Sam Broughton, who was part of a working party on freedom camping, said Lake Coleridge was one area where the district council could do more to address concerns. He had suggested that staff look at the possibility of a “temporary pop-up camping facility to allow space for people in summer” in the lake area. Over the next few months the district council plans to improve signage around the district, partly to give more clarity on what acceptable and responsible camping practises are, and new public toilets will be built at Coes Ford and McHughs Forest in November. It has put a link on its website to the Campermate mobile phone application which helps campers find facilities wherever they are in the country. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you concerned about the prospect of more freedom campers? Send your views to tom.doudney@starmedia. kiwi 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