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Selwyn Times: November 01, 2016

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4 Tuesday November 1 2016 Local Views Addressing issues News SELWYN TIMES Regional councillor John Sunckell Can I first say thank you to the communities of Selwyn and Ashburton for electing me as your representative on Environment Canterbury. This is a big organisation covering the largest geographical area in New Zealand but with over three quarters of its population living in the Greater Christchurch area – Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri. Why is this point important? It is important because as councillors we swear an oath to govern for the best interests of Canterbury not just the constituencies we are elected from or the population power base of Greater Christchurch. Enough of the politics – what is happening in Selwyn? What are we doing to address the environmental concerns of this community? The simple answer is ‘lots’. First point – the Selwyn River at Coes Ford. We all know that we get E. coli flares three to four times a year which make it unswimmable but we are working with the farmers and lifestyle block owners in the Silverstream catchment that is causing the problem. All farms have farm environment plans in place, 90 per cent of the main channels have stock excluded with work continuing and we are beginning to look at the smaller drains. Canterbury University are working on riparian planting trials and Fish & Game are very keen to pick up a restoration project on Snake Creek. The second point is the success of Central Plains Water’s stage one. Our monitoring has shown that in the middle of successive droughts, water levels have held in the bores at the bottom of that catchment in comparison to that area north of the Selwyn River. As that scheme completes its next stages we will see real water level changes and better river flows. You, the community, continually remind us of your concerns and we are beginning to bring about change. Call to ease back on watering WATER CONSERVATION: The public are being asked to consider when they water their lawns and whether it’s needed as summer approaches. PROPERTIES connected to public water supplies are being encouraged to adjust when they water their lawns with groundwater levels still low and summer approaching. District council asset manager Murray England said low rainfall during the year meant groundwater levels had not recharged well over winter. “During summer, water supplies are also placed under pressure as many people decide to water their lawns and gardens at the same time in the evenings, he said. While at this stage, the district council has not introduced formal water restrictions, the recommended times to avoid watering are the same as for the first level of water restrictions. Residents on public water supplies have been asked to try and avoid watering lawns between 6am and 9am, and 4pm and 9pm. When possible, they should water between 10pm and 6am when demand was lowest and water had the chance to soak into the ground. “People may also decide to let their lawns go brown over summer or to water less,” Mr England said. “In many areas like Rolleston and West Melton where water meters operate choosing to use less water will result in people paying less in water charges.” Since 2015, Rolleston, Prebbleton, Lincoln and West Melton have all had new bores added to supply water. A new deep well has been drilled at Edendale to replace the existing well, as dropping groundwater levels indicated the bore would soon go dry. In Leeston and Doyleston, upgraded pipework, more tank storage, a well upgrade and new high capacity pump are providing more water capacity. QUILTING - WALL HANGING PANELS Welding & Engineering Services available: • Welding, metal fabrication • Engineering repair • Farm, factory and site work undertaken Well equipped workshop Widely experienced, many years Wilson Engineering Workshop, 486 Two Chain Road, Burnham. Phone 347 6760 or 021 329 605 9 Witham St, Hornby Phone 349 7867 as seen on 9 Prebbleton - Lincoln CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS ADVENT CALENDARS FROZEN FABRIC BOOKS GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS! PFAFF SEWING CENTRE Shands Rd A my es Rd Springs Rd Carmen Rd Main South Rd Russley Riccarton - City Rolleston’s neW RetiRement village OWN YOUR OWN VILLAGE Woodcroft Estate brings you all the benefits of living in a thriving community while retaining all the rewards of owning your own home. • 78 villas with Club rooms/ Pavilion and a bowling green • 2-3 bedroom villas with single or double garage • On site manager • Secure lifestyle village • 100% capital gain FOR MORE INFORMATION Phone: 03 421 7796 | Email: sales@woodcroftestate.co.nz 34 kEndOn drivE, rOllEStOn

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 1 2016 5 TAKING OFFICE: Mayor Sam Broughton receives the official chains from district council chief executive David Ward. • By Tom Doudney SELWYN’S YOUNGEST ever mayor, Sam Broughton, will have a veteran district councillor of 14 years as his deputy. Malcolm Lyall was unanimously elected to the position by his fellow district councillors at Wednesday’s meeting after Mr Broughton opted to forego his right to choose and put it to a vote. Cr Lyall was first elected to the district council in 1992, serving one term, and after an absence of 10 years was re-elected in a by-election in 2005. He has represented the Springs Ward ever since. Mr Broughton, 35, said Cr Lyall’s experience and the fact he came from the other side of the district from himself made him a good fit for the role. “He is a good mix for me and brings some balance,” he said. DECISION MAKERS: The mayor and district councillors, above, were sworn in at their first meeting on Wednesday. There are four new faces on the district council – Craig Watson, Murray Lemon, Bob Mugford and Nicole Reid. Environment Canterbury’s regional councillors and appointed commissioners were also sworn in last week, at their meeting on Thursday. Veteran Lyall appointed as deputy mayor Mr Broughton and the other district councillors had discussions about who would fit the deputy mayor’s role at a retreat before the meeting and when it came to the vote no other nominations were put forward. Cr Lyall (above) said he was pleased at the unanimous decision. “It was very nice to have the support of my peers,” he said. “Sam could have appointed a deputy mayor but he chose to let the councillors decide.” Cr Lyall said he was excited about taking on the role. “I just want to be as supportive as I can, Sam has got a lot on his plate,” he said. “As an older head I hope to be a sounding board for him should he need it and to be able to fill in when he is unable to attend events.” Cr Lyall said he expected to be busier now he was deputy mayor. He had recently stepped back from some of his charitable trust work but would still be working as an electrician. “I’m certainly still out there being an electrician, as I am today in a very grubby old ceiling, rewiring a house – it keeps you grounded.’’ COZY CATS ON ELLESMERE Cattery • Small cattery, quality not quantity • Large warm spacious individual units • Outdoor enclosures • Lots of cuddles • Located 5 minutes from Lincoln, Prebbleton, Halswell, Tai Tapu and Greenpark Please contact Jan or Tony 322 6245 or 021 203 4710 Email: ton.jan@xtra.co.nz - Ellesmere Rd Ladbrooks, Chch ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace RICHARD GRAY W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS