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Selwyn Times: February 14, 2017

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4 Tuesday February 14 2017 News SELWYN TIMES Cost of cleaning up waterways, lakes SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: Sharon’s straight wool, on the right, alongside a sheep with standard crimped wool. Sheep may hold key to genetic mystery •From page 1 Its appearance was so unusual that the lamb was initially thought to be a cross between a sheep and a goat. Part of this was because the lamb’s straight lustrous coat was reminiscent of an Angora goat. Genetic testing showed it was 100 per cent sheep and its coat was the result of natural mutation. “As a result, we started trying to locate more of these rare sheep, so we could study what makes them different and how proteins in the wool affect the fibres,” Dr Plowman said. “Thanks to the assistance of farmers who came forward with these sheep, we were able to do that. We have found they show a radical change in wool structure and properties that can be tied into specific protein changes.” Sharon was bought by AgResearch from a North Canterbury farmer and now lives on a farm in Dunsandel. •From page 1 Mr Bedford said the Te Waihora Co-Governance Group, comprised of ECan, Ngai Tahu, the district council and Christchurch City Council, also recognised the commitment made by the community and several agencies in managing water in the Selwyn Waihora catchment. “This contribution has been estimated at $774.6 million over a 10-year period – an estimate made considering a number of variables and current community and agency involvement, including ongoing work on farms, the Central Plains Water scheme, restoration work undertaken by the community, volunteer hours and in-kind contributions.” ECan declined to comment on how much of that figure represented actual financial investment as opposed to the value of work done voluntarily. Work to be completed in Whakaora Te Waihora’s second phase includes reducing phosphorous and sediment in the BIG EFFORT: The Whakaora Te Waihora programme aims to restore the lake over 35 years. ​ lake, re-establishing wetlands, and enhancing riparian plantings in the catchment, among other measures. It is expected to take about another 35 years to restore the health of the ecologically significant lake. During an unrelated debate at Wednesday’s district council meeting, councillor Pat McEvedy said discussions were underway on whether the Central Plains Water scheme could be used to augment flows in the stressed Selwyn River. The river, which flows into the lake, has just recorded its sixth consecutive month of record low flows. After the meeting, Cr McEvedy told the Selwyn Times he couldn’t go into further details at this stage. Varicose Vein Treatment Non-surgical Vein Laser Treatments available Tired of aching and unsightly veins? No surgery, no scars, no stitches. No time off work - continue normal daily activities. An affiliated provider to Southern Cross Health Society (medical necessity criteria apply) - check your policy for cover. Enjoy skirts, short and cropped pants again. Payment plans available (Conditions apply) Free Assessment www.transformclinic.co.nz | 52A Mandeville | 52A Mandeville St | Riccarton St | Riccarton 0800 2 Look Good | 08002lookgood or 246 654 | | 03 343 2880

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 14 2017 5 News Darfield, Kirwee sewer scheme • By Tom Doudney DARFIELD AND Kirwee residents will be asked whether the towns should get a reticulated sewer scheme. Initial public feedback will be sought during public consultation on the district council’s 2017-2018 Annual Plan in April. Any proposal to progress the scheme would be subject to full public consultation in April next year as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan process. Dwellings in Darfield and Kirwee currently rely on septic tanks and other onsite treatment systems. With about 2000 residents, Darfield is the largest town in New Zealand without reticulated sewerage. Canterbury medical officer of health Alistair Humphrey said in 2012 that the lack of reticulated sewerage was an ongoing contamination risk. However, a 2014 Ministry of Health assessment found it was unlikely that septic tanks in the area contributed to illnesses through drinking water contamination. The Darfield and Kirwee Wastewater Working Party, established in 2014, did not believe the existing situation was having a detrimental effect on the environment or public health. However, it recommended public consultation be undertaken as a reticulated scheme would encourage commercial and industrial development as well as more intensive residential development such as retirement villages in Darfield. A reticulated sewer system is thought to be more efficient for high intensity developments. Darfield Community Committee chairman and Malvern Butchery owner Paddy McKay said it was good the district council was consulting people on the matter. Reticulated sewerage was “one of those things that’s going to have to happen somewhere along the line if we keep expanding,” he said. “I think people are coming to accept that.” A draft 2016 report by consulting firm MWH found the cost of installing a wastewater system in Darfield would be $23,700 per household. CHANGING NEEDS: Residents of Darfield and Kirwee will be asked whether their growing area should get a reticulated sewer system. It is not yet known whether residents outside the Darfield and Kirwee area would contribute to the cost of any potential scheme through district-wide rating. Mr McKay said the cost per household was similar to what it would cost to install a septic tank for a newly-built house. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do Darfield and Kirwee need a reticulated sewer scheme, and if so, who should pay for it? Send your views to tom.doudney@starmedia. kiwi In Brief LUCKY ESCAPE A Christchurch man suffered serious injuries but it could have been worse after a spectacular crash at about 1am on Saturday which blocked traffic on State Highway 1 between Rolleston and Burnham for more than an hour and a half. Sergeant Grant Stewart said the man, 23, was travelling north when he lost control of his car and hit a power pole snapping it off at the base. The car had spun and rolled, coming to rest on its roof in the middle of the road. Sergeant Stewart said the road had been strewn with debris from the crash for about 150m and the man was very lucky to be alive. TRAILER ACCIDENT A trailer loaded with furniture came lose from a car towing it along Lincoln-Rolleston Rd on Saturday afternoon. The trailer hit a power pole, going through a fence and causing a fire in a paddock near the Nobeline Dr intersection. Sergeant Grant Stewart said a motorist had used a fire extinguisher they had with them to put out the fire, which had been caused by power lines arcing after the trailer struck the pole. The trailer detached after the car’s tow ball snapped off. WE SPECIALISE IN THE CARE AND PRESERVATION OF TREES • Pruning • Expert Tree Felling • Fully Insured • Free Quotes • Powerline Clearing • Branch Chipping • Competitive Rates • Orion Approved Contractor FULLY QUALIFIED ARBORISTS Member of NZ Arboriculture Association For quotes and enquiries phone 03 349 7143 | For urgent enquiries phone 027 272-6710 Email: office@arbor-tek.co.nz www.arbor–tek.co.nz Lady Wigram Retirement Village Stage 2 Now Selling New Villas Available For Occupation Now • Large living with modern kitchen and internal access garage • Two double bedrooms • Situated close to the Landing Shopping Centre • Open home open daily from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday Contact us for villa inspection or to visit 121 Skyhawk Road, Wigram. Sarah Jacobson - Village Manager Phone 027 3411 464 www.ladywigram.co.nz