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Selwyn Times: November 22, 2016

Selwyn Times: November 22,

FREE TUESday NOVEMBER 22 2016 379 7100 Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Fresh Blueberries $ 3 .99 per punnet 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 Farmer in midst of Selwyn River land battle VICTORY IN SIGHT • By Tom Doudney A FARMER has been ordered to stop extending the land at the edge of his property by filling in the adjacent Selwyn/Waikirikiri River bed. Environment Canterbury has issued an abatement notice, requiring farmer Mike Dewhirst to immediately stop work on the land, on the south side of the river near State Highway 1, after receiving complaints from the public. Mr Dewhirst, who grows silage and grazes young cattle on his riverside property, has been taking gravel from the river and filling in a strip of riverbed to create pasture and a 2km long, 10m wide accessway for vehicles and stock. Pivot irrigators have been placed on the land. ECan principal resource management adviser Richard Purdon said the work was unauthorised and a formal investigation into the matter had been initiated. This was likely to take another week to complete. Mr Dewhirst said he had resource consent to take gravel from the river to form the access lane and the work he was doing would have environmental and flood control benefits. He had taken about 5000 cu m of gravel from the river up to this point. “It’s actually a really good thing and a lot of farmers have been actively encouraging ECan to increase the amount of gravel that gets extracted from the Selwyn River in particular because it’s probably 2m higher than it should be for effective flood control,” Mr Dewhirst said. •Turn to p5 Saturday was a good day for Stephen McKillop, seen here lining up a forehand shot. He was part of two winning doubles combinations as his Prebbleton club won all six matches against Lincoln in their president’s grade Ellesmere interclub clash at Lincoln. •See page 23 for more photos and results PHOTO: KAREN CASEY