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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2017

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4 Tuesday March 14 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi News Lagoon benefits from new role A NEW biodiversity officer has been tasked with increasing the abundance and variety of native wildlife in a key Selwyn catchment. The district council has signed a memorandum of understanding with Living Water, the Department of Conservation’s 10-year, $20 million partnership with Fonterra. Through the Living Water partnership Fonterra and DOC are working with dairy farmers, iwi, conservation groups, councils, schools and other agencies to improve the health of five key catchments in significant dairying regions throughout the country. The Ararira/LII catchment of Te Waihora /Lake Ellesmere is one of the five Living Water catchments. Under the MOU, Living Water is helping the district council fund its new biodiversity officer Andy Spanton. He will be working with the •From page 1 They are still in a dispute with their insurer over additional public liability cover. They spent $70,000 of their own money on materials for the rebuild but had received discounted materials from suppliers such as BIODIVERSITY AREA: Living Water will be supporting the district council with the enhancement of Yarrs Lagoon. ​ community and various agencies to enhance the catchment, focusing particularly on Yarrs Lagoon/Tarere-kau-tuku in Springston South. DOC operations manager Andy Thompson said the lagoon was a key site for native wildlife in the Conqueror International, Roofline, Blair’s Super Tyres and his son Mitchell’s employer, a builder. During the last year, Mr Radford was able to continue doing warrants of fitness in the one remaining work bay which hadn’t been catchment. Deputy mayor Malcolm Lyall said he was very happy to see the district council play its part in efforts to support indigenous re-vegetation and increasing biodiversity in Canterbury. Garage rises from ashes destroyed by the fire and other repairs outside in the elements. He also started a new business, Tai Tapu Tyres, operating from the same site and is planning to sell the garage to his friend and former employee Bevan Jack, who will take over on April 1. Wells dry up over a large area •From page 1 An Environment Canterbury spokeswoman said wells up to 20m deep, mostly in the Selwyn Waihora zone, were being affected. She said while irrigation contributed to the situation, groundwater levels were very low this summer after three consecutive winters with little rainfall to replenish the aquifers. “There are full irrigation restrictions on all takes from the Selwyn River,” the spokeswoman said. “Many groundwater takes are on partial restriction and all deep groundwater takes have restrictions on their annual volumes. This has been the situation since November 2015.” District councillor Debra Hasson recently sought answers from ECan after six shallow wells downstream from Lincoln University’s Ashley Dene farm had gone dry within two months of a new 160m bore on the farm coming into operation. Cr Hasson wanted to know why the university SELWYN TIMES was granted consent in 2014, when the zone was already over-allocated. ECan team leader for consents Sam Beaumont said the university had simply transferred an already consented water allocation from one bore, near the corner of Springs Rd and Gerald St, to the new Ashley Dene bore. “Every time someone comes to do that, we make sure we are not giving out any more water over the year, that they are taking the same volume they always have,” Mr Beaumont said. However Cr Hasson said the new bore was taking water from the Silverstream drainage catchment which connected to the dried up wells and Coes Ford, whereas the university’s previous allocation had taken water from the L2 drainage catchment. The ECan spokeswoman said it was difficult to say whether the operation of the Ashley Dene bore could have affected the downstream wells. Malvern a&P Show Saturday 25th March 2017 Sheffield Showgrounds • Horse events • Displays • Photography • Lolly scramble • Scavenger Hunt • Wood chopping • Side shows • Food stalls • Craft markets and Trade sites • Dog racing • Barrel racing • Cattle and Sheep • Farmyard animals • Dog high jump • Speed Shearing Malvern Agricultural & Pastoral Association Admission: Adult $10 Children under 16 free Free carparking Start time 8.30am Grand Parade 2.30pm “OH I LOVE IT. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 14 2017 5 Water take under investigation • By Tom Doudney MEASURES TO restrict, suspend or revoke water take consents in a catchment which feeds the ailing Selwyn/ Waikirikiri River will be investigated. The river has had record low flows this summer and has dried up along large stretches, including at once popular swimming spots such as Coes Ford. Environment Canterbury will look into two possible options to help address the situation and report back to the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee. One option is that ECan could issue a temporary water shortage direction allowing it to restrict or suspend taking water from the catchment feeding the river. Under the RMA, a water shortage direction can be applied when there is “a serious temporary shortage of water” which could not have been predicted. It would expire after 14 days but could be renewed. ECan chief operating officer Don Rule said this could potentially affect up to 63 consents in an area south of Rolleston, of which about 46 were thought to have a strong connection to the river. It was not known how many of these consents were already on restrictions. The other option which will be looked at is a potential ratepayerfunded review of “at the very least” several hundred water take consents in the vicinity of the river but Mr Rule said this would be a longer process. Such a review would enable ECan to look at whether any consents should be altered or revoked. “The focus would be on surface and shallow ground water takes initially,” Mr Rule said. “Based on my experience, consent reviews would certainly not affect this irrigation season, at best they would apply to next irrigation season and history would say even that might be problematic.” Both options would be open to challenge in the Environment Court. Zone committee chairman Allen Lim supported ECan investigating the measures but said it needed to be remembered that climate was the main factor affecting the current state of the SAD STATE: The Selwyn River has dried up at Coes Ford apart from a couple of algae covered pools. PHOTO: RICHARD COSGROVE ​ river. “If you have to attribute the amount of effect on the Selwyn River level, all the science that we know of says that 15 - 20 per cent is attributed to irrigation, the rest of it is just climate,” Mr Lim said. District councillor and zone committee member Murray Lemon said restricting or suspending water takes via a water shortage direction would seem like a “huge experiment to take with someone’s livelihood” if it was not certain whether it would have an effect on the river or not. Meeting to discuss river condition • By Tom Doudney A PUBLIC meeting for those concerned about the state of the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River will be held at the Springston South Soldiers Memorial Hall on Thursday. The ‘Talk for Water’ will take place from 7-9pm at the hall which is at 433 Days Rd. Organiser and Springston South resident Mike Glover said it was hoped the meeting would help mobilise people into action. “A lot of people are just beaten down by the whole thing and feeling pretty depressed about it,” he said. A panel featuring residents, as well as representatives from Fish and Game, Environment Canterbury and others, will present views and answer questions. Mr Glover said people were welcome to bring river memorabilia such as photos, paintings, stuffed trout or anything else to the meeting. If possible, these should be dropped off between 5 and 6 pm or by arrangement. Anyone with questions should phone Mr Glover on 329 5079 or Matt Olykan on 325 3187. 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