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Selwyn Times: February 21, 2017

Selwyn Times: February 21,

FREE TUESday FEBRUaRy 28 2017 379 7100 Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Come and see us for a full supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. 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 Firefighter and paramedic Proposal to increase Selwyn River flows likely to go ahead Rolleston volunteer firefighter Dan Ohs was among many Selwyn firefighters who battled the huge blaze in the Port Hills. Through sheer grit, determination, skill and some much-needed luck the fire was brought under control. Dan speaks to reporter Tom Doudney about the fire and his other emergency services role with St John on pages 10-11. • By Tom Doudney THE PROPOSED use of Central Plains Water Scheme water to increase flows in the Selwyn River is likely to go ahead. However, one of the remaining questions is how the project would be funded. On Wednesday, the zone committee led a workshop at the Lincoln Event Centre to progress its campaign on making Coes Ford swimmable again. About 80 people, including farmers and environmentalists, turned up. The zone committee has agreed in principle to look into augmenting the Selwyn River’s flow with CPW water. Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee chairman Allen Lim said most people at the workshop had been positive about the idea. “One of the pipes essentially has to cross the Selwyn River anyway so we thought we would just take an off-take from there,” he said. “It’s yet to be totally confirmed but given the level of interest, the likelihood of that project going ahead is much higher.” There were several parties which would have to come together and reach agreement to make it happen but he declined to comment further on who that would involve. “It’s about funding and who pays for what,” Mr Lim said. “This Swimmable Selwyn initiative has actually gone past ECan and I think even central Government is probably talking about it.” It comes at a time when the river at Coes Ford has dried up apart from a couple of algae covered pools. •Turn to page 7 “ This is new school cool!” Faringdon’s new primary school, Lemonwood Grove, is now open. As is newly completed secondary school, Rolleston College. With another preschool on the way, education for all ages is fully catered for at Faringdon. Come and see how Stages 17-19 are adding to our story. There is so much more to see. Clever people know that Faringdon is where it is all happening in 2017. Buy pre-title and in some cases, with no settlement until June 2017. Faringdon equals financially smart as well. Ayden (6) MULTI STAGE RELEASE Sections 410m 2 to 844m 2 from $165,000. Visit Rolleston’s fastest selling development Dynes Road, Rolleston. Wed to Sun 12pm to 4pm Call Bruce Harvey on 0800 667 849 or visit www.faringdon.co.nz FRD30166-SM 260x90