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Selwyn Times: October 25, 2016

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2 Tuesday October 25 2016 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK SELWYN TIMES News..................................... 3-11 A GOOD call from Jack Pearcy on page 1 today, urging the new council to work together for the district – not their own wards, and agendas. In a big and widespread district like Selwyn there is always going to be trade-offs behind the scenes; that is: “I’ll support that, if you support this.” But in 2017 and beyond the people who plot, plan and lead Selwyn into the future will need to be very global in their outlook and thinking; there should be no place for insular and self-interest decisionmaking. That will be easier said than done, and the first year of Mayor Sam Broughton’s term will set the tone for what lies ahead for the district. – Barry Clarke Nurse’s sojourn inspired by faith NEWS 15 Your Local Views..........4 Sport.................................. 12-13 Schools............................14 Community Events......16 Fashion.............................26 Gardening....................28,29 Motoring..................32-36 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch NEWS Tom Doudney Ph: 371 0780 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 SECTION SALE OFFER ENDS Oct 31 ST PRICES REDUCED BY $ 10,000! * • $5,000 DEPOSIT • FREE SITE-SPECIFIC GEOTECH REPORT • FREE FENCING • FIBRE TO YOUR BOUNDARY HC LLD0311_ST To secure your section call Deane on 0274 352 384 or visit our Sales Office 37 Vernon Drive, open 12-4pm Wednesday-Sunday. *Terms and conditions apply. Offer relates to titled sections only.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 25 2016 3 News Early fire season warning • By Tom Doudney THE FIRE danger in Selwyn is expected to be higher than normal this summer. Rolleston Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Nigel Lilley said weather predictions showed a 55 per cent chance of above average temperatures from November to December and the soil moisture levels in Selwyn were currently drier than the same time last year or the historical average. Fire officers from across Selwyn, both urban and rural, recently held a pre-fire season planning meeting with the district council’s emergency management team. “When a fire starts in a rural area it is often hard to control. Strong summer winds, dry vegetation, distances from fire stations and shortage of water combine to make rural fires dangerous and unpredictable,” Mr Lilley said. Principal rural fire officer Douglas Marshall said staff would be regularly reviewing weather conditions over the summer and making decisions on fire seasons in conjunction with discussions with fire chiefs and members of the rural PREPARATION: Volunteer firefighters training with a helicopter and the new dip dam. ​ community. While the district was dryer than last year, rain across the district in the past two weeks had been helpful. “If the combination of say 10-20mm per week and warmer weather would continue then farmers, gardeners, firefighters and the public would be a bit more comfortable heading into the summer period,” Mr Marshall said. Mr Lilley said the public could help during times of high fire danger by avoiding outdoor activities that generated heat or sparks, cutting lawns and paddocks during safe periods such as in the early morning after a cool night, and watering them when permitted to keep them green. People could also help by keeping their properties accessible to fire appliances. “Access to driveways and water supplies must have a width and height clearance of at least 4m,” Mr Lilley said. “If we can’t get to you, we can’t help you.” A group of 15 new rural firefighters from around the district have been undergoing essential training over winter and spring in preparation for the fire season. Several were from Darfield’s volunteer rural fire force, which formed last year. Their training included how to use a new helicopter dip dam which holds 25,000 litres of water and is collapsible making it easy to transport to fire scenes. It allows for the quick filling of monsoon buckets and doesn’t require firefighters to be underneath the helicopter to fill it, reducing risks. In Brief DISTRICT PLAN SURVEY The district council is surveying the community on what people would like the district’s environment to be like in the future. The survey is the start of a larger project which will run over the next few years to review the council’s District Plan. The survey is available at www. until December 4. By completing it people go into a draw to win one of five $100 vouchers. TREE SPARKS FIRE A tree which fell near West Melton on Wednesday morning temporarily blocked Sandy Knolls Rd and brought down power lines which started a hedge fire. The tree fell on the north side of the intersection with State Highway 73. PIG FARM The owners of a pig farm near Burnham have appealed a commissioner’s decision to shut their pig farm down to the Environment Court. Chris and Melanie Bates and their son Henry have operated the pig farm on Thompsons Rd since 2012. The Bates’ application to renew their resource consent was declined by an independent hearing panel last month with commissioners citing concerns over how dust from the farm affected neighbouring properties. Your local vet right here in the heart of Selwyn! Selwyn Vet Centre is a modern, purpose-built totally independent veterinary practice. Nick and Yolande Howell have a total of 40 years veterinary experience between them. How can we help your precious pet? Call us today! Phone: 03 347 7419 - Visit: 829 Jones Rd, Rolleston Email: - Web: