14 Tuesday January 24 2017 Your Local Views Value your right to vote Last year’s Selwyn Youth Council chairwoman Emily de Rooy writes about why it is important for young people to get out at vote in this year’s general election The upcoming general elections – the chance where your voice can be heard to influence the future of New Zealand. It is often assumed that something of such high importance would have plenty of engagement. However, for the youth of the Selwyn electorate this does not seem to be the case – only 62.71 per cent of people aged between 18 and 24 who were enrolled to vote actually voted in the 2014 election. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow; the people who will live in the society that is shaped from the decisions made in Parliament today. Having the right to vote is a right that not everyone has, and should be valued and exercised for it to make a difference. It is important that leaders are elected by voters from a broad range of the population and that all age groups are well represented. However, this is only possible if the youth of today enrol and vote in the upcoming general election. Thanks to social media and the internet, it is now easier than ever to have an educated opinion on current issues and each candidate’s views. This is a great way to align your own beliefs, values and viewpoints with the candidate(s) that have put themselves forward for election. Elections can be close; voters of the youth population can be the ultimate deciders in the result of an election. It’s your view that matters, but your view can only make a difference if you enrol and vote. Mike Flynn, of Rolleston, writes about ongoing work to pipe a section of water race along Tennyson St in Rolleston underground – I think it is an abuse of position for the district council to enclose the water race on Tennyson St. It has been justified under the guise of parking need in the section by the school. Fair enough but what mandate from the public is there for total enclosure? Who are the people behind this drive for the destruction of a quintessential feature of Rolleston? Is it the same people who got irritated by the fire siren daring to disturb them? The life force of the ‘creek’ as I think of it (since starting at the primary school in 1963) is something to be embraced and SELWYN TIMES promoted, not erased. Trout and ducks are seasonal visitors and I am sure wiser people than me could list a multitude of other life forms in and around it. The weekly papers recently variously referred to it as a “water race” or “irrigation drain” which it technically probably is but a water feature of this nature in a central point of a growing town should be preserved for all to enjoy, as it is in West Melton. It is disingenuous to remove it on the premise of needing more car parks or footpaths. The opportunity and cost to put footpaths along this section of Tennyson St was avoided by the district council at the development stage, and undoubtedly saved money which ratepayers on that side of the road never benefited from. Perhaps a rebate is now in order. Specials Monday 23 January - Saturday 28 January 2017* Angus BBQ Steak tenderised, plain or marinated $ 11 . 95 kg $ 8 . 99 Beef Mince each fresh $ 6 . 99 kg BBQ Lamb & Mint Chipolata Sausages $ 11 . 95 kg Whole Chickens frozen, size no.9 $ 5 . 00 each *While stocks last 394 Blenheim Road, Christchurch Ph: 03 349 5078 Hours: Wed - Fri 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat 7:00 am to 5:00 pm www.westmeat.co.nz
SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 24 2017 15 News It would be great to see an enlightened councillor measure the width of Tennyson St and see that it is quite wide and could perhaps accommodate both a footpath and the creek (as seen by the bus stop near 90-100 Tennyson St). They have managed for the last 15 years, put some yellow lines down and let them park on the other side with the footpath. District council chief executive David Ward responds – The undergrounding of the water race is part of an upgrade to Tennyson St included in the Rolleston Town Centre Masterplan. The masterplan was approved after extensive public consultation in late 2013. The public made submissions on both the Tennyson St upgrade and the water race proposal. Most submitters who commented on the water race proposal supported the water race being piped underground. The planned Tennyson St upgrade aims to make the street more pedestrian-friendly with the street acting as a ‘high street’ to access Rolleston’s new central shopping and community facilities area and high amenity park. Further works are planned to develop the street into a slow speed traffic environment and develop additional parking and undertake streetscape works. The section of water race undergrounded near Rolleston School will allow a new shared footpath/cycleway to be created providing a safer walking and cycling option for people to access planned new shops and facilities. Later work is also planned to underground the remaining section of water race down to Lowes Rd. The changes also provide the school with additional parking and previously the district council has been asked by the school to underground the water race due to safety concerns with the race being close to the school. The water race is not a naturally occurring creek but part of the water race network. Vintage fair fundraiser for senior housing complex MORE THAN 100 vintage and classic tractors dating from the early 1900s to the present day will be on show in Leeston in March. The Ellesmere Vintage Fair will be held on March 25 and 26 at the Ellesmere A&P Showgrounds to raise money for a community-owned housing complex for seniors. Ellesmere Vintage Club committee member Jonty Ward said the club took pride in raising funds to put back into the community and all the profits would to the Abbeyfield Ellesmere complex in Leeston. After eight years of planning by local volunteers, construction of the complex began last year. The funds raised at the fair will go towards fitting out the rooms. Mr Ward said the club expected steam traction engines, a forerunner to the tractor, to be a popular drawcard at the fair. “We hope to have at least a dozen of these machines in attendance, and will put on working displays including threshing and heavy haulage,” Mr Ward said. Veteran, vintage and classic cars and trucks from the local POPULAR: Steam traction engines are expected to be a highlight of the Ellesmere Vintage Fair. area and further afield will also come together at the showgrounds. A variety of food and craft stalls will complete the vintage fair atmosphere. Entertainment for the children will include carnival rides, children’s games and a mass tug of war with a steam engine. The Ellesmere Vintage Club has about 100 members who share an interest in anything old and mechanical. Being a rural area, many club members collect, restore and display vintage tractors and farm machinery. Members also have vintage and classic cars, commercial vehicles, memorabilia and anything else old and collectable. •The fair will be held on March 25 and 26, 10am-4pm both days. Adults $10, under 15s free. Anybody wanting to take their exhibit along can phone Jonty Ward on 027 593 3322 for registration details. Ever wanted to fly? 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