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Selwyn Times: February 28, 2017

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6 Tuesday February 28 2017 SELWYN TIMES

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 28 2017 7 News Flow boost for Selwyn River likely •From page 1 Mr Lim acknowledged that augmenting the flow alone would not be enough to improve the river’s health. Cleaning up the Silverstream catchment, a major contributor of nutrients causing high E. coli levels at Coes Ford, would be another priority. The zone committee was aware there was a strong desire in the community to see Coes Ford swimmable again. Higher flows would help flush nutrients through instead of concentrating them at Coes Ford. CPW water would likely be used to augment the river between later autumn and early spring. The water would top up groundwater first before flowing into the river. “It could take a year to fill up, we just don’t know,” Mr Lim said. Fish and Game general manager and Environment Canterbury councillor Rod Cullinane said the augmentation plan could be a positive move but it would depend on what effect taking water which would otherwise flow elsewhere would have. “If we can get some water back in there without robbing Peter to SAD STATE: The Selwyn River has dried up at Coes Ford apart from a couple of algae covered pools. ​ pay Paul, so to speak, we would support that,” he said. Springston South artist and water quality campaigner Mike Glover said he wanted to know who would pay for the augmentation. “Does that mean the ratepayers will be paying a private company money for this water?” He was also concerned that increasing the flow of the Selwyn would also simply flush the nutrients down to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere and the sea where they would also cause problems. A CPW spokeswoman said the augmentation plan was a council-led process. “CPW is here to help and to try and be a part of that,” she said. Last week the Government announced a target of 90 per cent of the country’s rivers and lakes being swimmable by 2040. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Is using CPW water to augment the Selwyn River’s flow a good idea? Email your views to tom.doudney@starmedia. kiwi Pre-school may be South Island’s largest • By Tom Doudney WHAT MAY be the South Island’s biggest pre-school, in terms of land area, has opened in Rolleston. An official opening for Blossoms Educare Rolleston was held last week and children are expected to start attending soon, once a licence from the Ministry of Education is granted. The 6000 sq m pre-school has an outdoor playing area of 3500 sq m. Director Baljit Grewal said it was believed to be the largest in the South Island, although that was yet to be confirmed. It was good being able to provide such a large area for children to play outdoors in. “Not everywhere do you have the luxury of such a big space being available,” Mr Grewal said. It will be licensed for up to 130 children but initially is expected to start with between 20 and 30. Mr Grewal said the official opening had gone very well and they were looking forward to children arriving on site. Rolleston’s only lifestyle village Exchange the hard work of looking after your home and garden for playing bowls on the full length green. OPEN Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm • 78 villas with Club rooms/ Pavilion and a bowling green • 2-3 bedroom villas with single or double garage • On site manager • Own your own village • Emergency call system in each villa • 100% capital gain plus no retention fees FOR MORE INFORMATION Call Corinne on 021 821 623 or 03 421 7796 Email: 34 kEndOn drivE, rOllEstOn