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Selwyn Times: March 07, 2017

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14 Tuesday March 7 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Your Local Views Global temperatures rising SELWYN TIMES Lincoln Envirotown Trust project manager Dave Fitzjohn writes on why you should take part in Earth Hour this year Lincoln Envirotown Trust will again be running a number of Earth Hour Events this month to encourage environmental awareness. Earth Hour this year is to be celebrated on March 25 and we encourage everyone to switch off their lights on this night to participate in the symbolic resource-saving that we all need to be aware of. Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. The science is now very clear that our rapid increases in consumption (and consequential production) with its effects on our carbon emissions has been a major cause of this warming. TOPIC OF CONVERSATION: Then deputy mayor Sarah Walters speaking at last year’s Kim Hill discussion, an annual Earth Hour event held at Lincoln University. ​ It makes Earth Hour, which is aimed at encouraging us to focus on our electricity use, a symbolic gesture of growing importance. In New Zealand, with much of our electricity coming from renewable sources, fuel for transport is perhaps even more important. Earth Hour started as a lightsout event in Sydney. It has now grown to engage more than 7000 towns and cities worldwide. Lighting on civic buildings and structures are switched off between 8.30pm and 9.30pm for Earth Hour and people are encouraged to participate. The World Wildlife Foundation states that Earth Hour’s aim is to “encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenge of creating a Sustainable World.” Pat Palmer, of Prebbleton, writes about a proposal to improve flows in the Selwyn River using water from the Central Plains Water scheme What good news that people are getting serious about boosting the low Selwyn River flows with Rakaia River water from Central Plains Water. Perhaps about one per cent of the Rakaia’s flow would be enough. Fish and Game and assorted greenie groups could pay the same as irrigators, or CPW might make a gift. As for polluting Te Waihora, the swan, goose and duck excrement needs flushing out. A few more nutrients in the Pacific might improve the fishing at Birdlings Flat. Les Wood, of Lincoln, writes about plans for a new bridge over the Liffey Stream I see that the secret projects department of the Selwyn District Council is alive and well. Lemonwood Grove School is excited to announce an opportunity for friends and whanau of the school, as well as the wider community, to tour through our school and see the facilities. This open evening will run from 4-6pm on Wednesday the 8 th March. Representatives of staff and the board of trustees will be onsite to answer questions you may have about the school. There is no need to pre-register, just come to the main office at the school. Expressions of Interest Trustee Position The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust has a broad mandate to promote sustainable management, conservation and recreation on Banks Peninsula. It is now seeking to appoint two new Trustees. Candidates should have a good knowledge of Banks Peninsula; and be passionate about its present and future. The Trust seeks individuals with the time and ability to work as part of a voluntary governance team. An interest in walking and tramping, financial or negotiation skills would be an asset. Please visit the Trust’s website www.roddonaldtrust.co.nz for more information and to download the Expression of Interest form located under Documents/Administrative. Expressions of interest should be emailed to manager@roddonaldtrust.co.nz by Friday March 31. The Automotive Lamp Specialists New and Used Lamps for Cars, Trucks, Vans, 4WD and Motorhomes PH 0800 225 483 | 325 Brougham Street, CHRISTCHURCH Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston www.jonesroadauto.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 7 2017 15 Resource Management Consultants It has come to our notice that a bridge over the widest part of the Liffey Stream is in the pipeline. No notification, however, to immediate neighbours of this plan for the end of the first walkway on the left of Ryelands Drive crossing to the land adjacent to the temporary year 1 and 2 campus of Lincoln Primary School opposite, with extensive changes to the walkway included. I thought the school was temporary but I could be totally incorrect in this assumption, perhaps I could be enlightened. There is already access to the eastern side of the Liffey via two bridges in close proximity so I fail to see the need for spending thousands of dollars of ratepayers’ money on this unnecessary addition to our landscape. District council chief executive David Ward responds – The council has been working with the Lincoln Community Committee for the past two years on the layout and conceptual design of a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists across the Liffey Stream and improvements to the pathways in the Liffey Reserve. The proposed pathway and bridge location have recently been approved by the committee. Additionally, property owners on Moffat Drive and Ryelands Drive nearest to the proposed bridge have also been notified of the proposal (seven properties in total). A consent has not yet been lodged for the proposed bridge, but this process may require formal notification of the proposal. The council is also planning communication to the wider community once the details of the project have been confirmed following the completion of the consenting process. The Lincoln Community Committee has been very positive about this project which seeks to improve walking and cycling connections for local residents, including school children. We see the bridge and paths as an asset to the Lincoln community which will help open up the reserve to make it more accessible to the community, with the bridge as an attractive landscape feature. Anyone who has questions or concerns about the project is welcome to phone the council on 347 2800 and we would be happy to discuss the proposal. •The Selwyn Times asked for and received further information on the project from the district council, including that: The estimated cost of the timber bridge is around $100,000. Currently detailed design is being undertaken. Depending on consenting, works are planned to take place between April and June. Resource and Building consents will be required for the bridge, and consenting requirements may put the time frames above back, depending on notification requirements. The school has leased the site adjacent to Lincoln Esplanade until May 2019. The magazine for gardeners who like To geT Their hands dirTy www.gardener.kiwi 100% Proud installers of Resource Consents - Groundwater - Surface Water - Effluent Discharge - Effluent Storage - Gravel Extraction - Consents Compliance • Advocacy • Aquifer Testing • Due Diligence • Feasibility • Flow Monitoring • Farm Environment Plans 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi. Ph: 03 375 5015 www.bowden.co.nz Get a Mitsubishi Electric GE50 5.8kW Heat Pump including FREE installation* for just $2,699* *includes cost of back to back install only, conditions apply Call now for a free quote - 0800 324 678 www.dcis.co.nz