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Selwyn Times: October 18, 2016

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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 18 2016 13 Rapid growth in Rolleston LAST WEEKEND it was great to be involved in the Rolleston 150 th celebrations and to see the way the community got involved and enjoyed the various activities that took place. Rolleston’s origins date back to 1866 when the Christchurch to Rolleston railway line was opened as part of the Great Southern Railway, which would link Christchurch with Rakaia and then eventually Timaru and Dunedin. By the early 1900s, as well as a railway station, Rolleston boasted a hotel, a school and a blacksmith’s shop with public saleyards to service the population of under 100. Fast forward to today and Rolleston’s population has grown rapidly during the past 15 years from 1974 in 2001 to 9555 at the 2013 census. The current estimate is around 14,000. This sudden expansion, particularly with a lot of families with school-aged children moving into the area, has meant significant recent investment by the Government in new schools. When I became the local MP in 2008, Rolleston School was Amy Adams Selwyn MP the only primary school. Now Rolleston’s fifth primary school, Lemonwood Grove School, is preparing to open in February, as is Rolleston’s first secondary school, Rolleston College. Rolleston’s growth in recent times has given it the advantage of being able to be one of the first ‘fully-fibred’ towns (along with Lincoln) in New Zealand where all businesses, schools and residents have access to ultra-fast broadband. To help keep up with the demand for affordable housing and land in Selwyn, especially in Rolleston, the Government signed a housing accord with the district council in December last year. The accord allows the district council to recommend special housing areas to the Minister for Building and Housing and allow these developments to be fast-tracked through the consenting process to provide additional housing supply. As well as being in demand for residential housing, Rolleston is fast becoming an important industrial and logistics hub for the wider region and is ideally located to fulfil this role. Developments such as i-Zone, I-Port, Midland Port and MetroPort are all contributing to Rolleston’s rapid growth as a sought after location for businesses in many sectors. This only looks set to continue as the Central Plains Water scheme will transform local agricultural productivity and Rolleston will be in an ideal position to cater for the resulting increase in freight requirements, given its strategic position next to the railway and State Highway 1. Rolleston is certainly coming of age and fulfilling the potential that the early pioneers believed it had. Help the SPCA Lincoln High School student Liana Hills writes about the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the importance of the work they do. Our local SPCA is a non-profit animal welfare organisation located in Hornby that focuses on helping animals who have been maltreated. They also assist in finding animals’ homes and prevent any form of cruelty to animals. The SPCA rescue, rehabilitate, reunite, rehome and educate. Canterbury SPCA not only handles inquiries related to animals’ needing assistance, they also have animals that stay and receive care when their owners are away. The Canterbury SPCA works alongside the Hornby Vet Clinic and has an animal ambulance available to rescue animals in need. Should you wish to adopt a pet and give them a home forever, you are welcome to visit between opening hours (Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 10am-2pm). Rescuing a pet is very rewarding. The animals there are microchipped, de-flead, wormed and de-sexed before they leave, making it a great option for those wanting a healthy and loving companion. I recently visited the Canterbury SPCA to get a better understanding of what it is they exactly do. I talked to the friendly staff and they were happy to answer any questions I had. I found out that the SPCA had over 2000 animals in their care last year as well finding out various ways that you can donate and show your support. The SPCA needs our support. There are various ways to get involved and help. If you are keen to get involved, you don’t just have to donate money, you can also donate your time, blankets, sheets, towels, food, toys and treats. A new home, complete on your section for only $376,900! incl GST Marbella 232m 2 Brick exterior cladding Builders of superior homes. Just one example from our range of plans. Plans are viewable in high resolution digital at artisanhomes.co.nz Let Rob and his team work with you to produce your own unique plan. Built to last. Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz

14 Tuesday October 18 2016 News Pipe organ will be preserved A PIPE organ at Prebbleton’s All Saints Church has been recognised for its heritage value. The listing on the New Zealand Organ Preservation Trust’s register of historic pipe organs recognises it as an instrument of importance (category 1) to national heritage and one deserving careful preservation for the benefit of future generations. It is one of only two of its kind in New Zealand and the other one has been extensively modified. Built by Wadsworth Bros in England in 1898, the organ was installed in 1907 in the newly rebuilt church following a fire which had completely destroyed the building and its contents. Church warden Graham Carpenter said the local congregation felt privileged to have such a beautiful organ in the church for their services. •Article and photograph supplied by Prebbleton Heritage Endangered birds in focus A FLOCK of most unusual birds has landed on the Selwyn Aquatic Centre grounds in Rolleston bringing a special message. The travelling display of handmade birds, created by hundreds of Canterbury schoolchildren, has been flying around Canterbury since mid-September and will stay at the aquatic centre for two to three weeks. The Flock is a project which has been organised by the charity BRaid (Braided River Aid) to increase awareness of endangered birds that use Canterbury’s rivers for breeding. “Real braided river birds raise their chicks on riverbeds from early spring until mid summer,” BRaid manager Sonny Whitelaw said. “Some species only breed on Canterbury rivers and most are having less and less success.” The artistic display was about educating people about these visiting rare and precious birds and how they could play a part in their long-term survival. “Braided rivercare groups put in huge voluntary hours managing hundreds of predator traps along riverbanks, but more knowledge in the community at large also DROPPING BY: The Flock was installed at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre yesterday. helps,” Ms Whitelaw said. “Birds are nesting on stony open riverbed areas until February. Help the next generation of these unique birds survive by keeping four-wheel-drives and dogs away and moving away yourself if you notice you are disturbing birds.” The Department of Conservation and many community groups, schools and businesses are supporting the project, including Resene Paints. The Flock has already popped up outside Rangiora Library, SELWYN TIMES at Christchurch Airport, the Methven iSite, Salmon Tales Cafe in Rakaia, and as far north as Kaikoura. ‘Flash Flocks’ will continue to appear around Canterbury into next year with the birds’ travels being tracked on social media. NEW DEVELOPMENT NOW LEASING! Opening in late 2017, STAGE 5 will now deliver a stunning new open plan contemporary retail centre featuring a combination of over twenty new high quality, unique and exclusive retail stores, islands and kiosks situated in a relaxed fresh and modern environment providing a unique selection of goods and products that will appeal to a very modern and sophisticated demograph. WE currEnTly SEEk inTErEST frOM OpErATOrS in All rETAil cATEGOriES includinG ThE fOllOWinG: providores, Wines, luggage, Gifts, Barista, craft Beers and Boutique Wines, fruit and Vege, Organic products, halal products, Juices and drinks, lollies, pasta, cheesecakes, fish and seafood, fashion, interiors, childcare, photography, crafts, Music and any unique interesting or innovative products or services that may appeal to our customers. Retail Sites and Kiosk opportunities are available from 30sqm upwards. Competitive lease terms and financing available to favoured operators. JOIN US NOW! Please Contact Property and Development Manager Andy Bell to discuss this exciting opportunity Mobile 021 449 256 or andy@bushinncentre.co.nz © Star Media