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Selwyn Times: May 09, 2017

2 Tuesday

2 Tuesday May 9 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK News.................................... 3-15 THE CONTROVERSY over the planned ratepayer-funded fence on Flock Hill Station continues. On page 1 today we reveal the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee has held off making a decision on plans for a $44,236 ratepayer-funded fence to section off a part of Cave Stream and 35ha wetlands at the station. It was planned the committee would make a final decision on supporting the funding last Tuesday. But now committee members will go out to Cave Stream to inspect the area to see whether this is money well spent – or whether the station itself should be paying for the fence. In sport today (pages 18-19) we profile a young karter going places and we have coverage of Lincoln’s win in senior netball at the weekend. 11-year-old kart racer has eyes 18 SPORT – Barry Clarke on formula one Your Local Views...4,10 Our People........................8,9 Schools............................ 13 Backyard Critters...........22 Travel.................................27 Gardening....................28,29 Community Events...33 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 Does the 31 October wood burner deadline affect you? The deadline to get a building consent to replace wood burners older than 15 years with a low emission wood burner is 31 October 2017. After that, your only option might be the ultra-low emission model. Do you have any burning questions about this? Which wood burner is cheaper? The low emission model Which one costs less to run? The ultra-low emission model What are my choices after 31 October? In many cases only the ultra-low emission model Which one is better for our health and for the environment? The ultra-low emission model Which one is better long term value? The ultra-low emission model Find out if you need to replace your wood burner and be in to WIN at Older style wood burner Low emission Ultra-low emission ECN/030/SC_180x263

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 9 2017 3 News Delay in fence decision •From page 1 This was for vegetation clearance on nearby terraces so it could intensify grazing on the land. It proposed fencing off Cave Stream as a way of mitigating the associated loss of biodiversity on the terraces. The landowners will contribute $22,000 towards the project. It has since been decided, this decision to Allen Lim fund the project using ECan’s Immediate Steps programme for protecting freshwater biodiversity, is reviewed. Te Taumutu Runanga representative Les Wanhalla said he will not have an opinion until he has seen the area. “For me to sit in the office out of town to say yay or nay I don’t know what I am doing,” he said. Zone committee chairman Allen Lim told Selwyn Times people are forgetting the landowners are putting in 120ha of farmland for conservation which is not required. “In my view $44,000 is a CONTENTIOUS: A decision over the project to fence a section of Cave Stream on Flock Hill Station has been held off. ​ minimal amount . . . if there is an opportunity to protect it, I say protect it,” he said. But it was questioned by residents at the zone committee meeting last Tuesday as to what the fence was designed to do. Springfield resident Nicky Snoyink asked if a proper landscape assessment on the terraces had been done. “I just wondered what the fence will enable? I noticed the last couple of months up here a few of the river terraces throughout the basin had been over-sewed, drilled,” she said. She had concerns the fence would give licence for the terrace to be turned into farmland. ECan’s land management advisor Johannes Welsch responded the project is focused primarily on freshwater and the owners would have to go through another consent process through the district council to farm the terrace. At the meeting, resident John Summers said the leaseholders have a stewardship responsibility and should be funding the project themselves. •HAVE YOU SAY: How do you think the Cave Stream fence should be funded? Email your views to georgia. In Brief ROAD PROJECTS PLANNED Three new projects will soon get under way to improve roading connections to the Rolleston industrial zone. Traffic volumes in the Rolleston industrial area have increased by more than 200 per cent over the past 10 years. The projects will cost $1.9 million and have been developed by a Roading Strategy Group. The New Zealand Transport Agency will fund 51 per cent of the cost of the projects, with the remaining cost funded through a mix of district council and developer funding. WEST MELTON HOUSE FIRE Firefighters battled a house blaze in West Melton for more than three hours yesterday. The fire started in the roof of a Halkett Rd property about 11am. Six fire crews from Kirwee, Rolleston, Burnham and Christchurch attended the blaze. No injuries were reported. WATER TREATMENT Work to install ultra violent treatment and water filtration at Springfield has begun and is expected to be completed in August. Currently the water is treated by chlorination. In Rolleston, UV treatment will be installed at Moore St and Overbury Cres. The majority of Rolleston’s water supplies will be treated with UV before summer.