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Selwyn Times: May 23, 2017

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10 Tuesday May 23 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee chairman Allen Lim responds to Mike Glover’s letter in Selwyn Times (May 16) While we can always do better with our communication, I am surprised that the Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere nutrient load limit is news to Mike Glover (May 9). It has been discussed with the community for several years and the water plan that includes it (Plan Change 1 to the Land & Water Regional Plan) was made operative in early 2016. Following through on our aim of restoring the mauri of Te Waihora while maintaining a prosperous economy, the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee arrived at the 4800-tonne level having listened to the whole community. This was an open, transparent and democratic course of action. The load limit remained in place throughout the Resource Management Act process in which the public could also participate. In the Selwyn Te Waihora catchment, farmers with nitrogen losses above 15kg per hectare per year cannot leach more than their losses between 2009 and 2013. In 2017, this loss needs to be managed in line with industryagreed good management practices. In 2022, farmers will need to make further reductions; 30 per cent in the case of dairy. We are not telling farmers how to run their businesses, but they must find a way to meet the limits. There will be enforcement consequences if they don’t. Further, restoration and enhancement programmes such as Whakaora Te Waihora will lead to improved water quality in the lake and the wider catchment. Sarah Anderson responds to Selwyn Times’ article on the Snake Creek restoration project The proposed restoration project on Snake Creek is an excellent idea. Furthermore, wouldn’t it be fantastic to see every drain and creek around Selwyn resuscitated. We would all be so much better off, more wetlands, more creek and riverbed restoration and management will make farming more sustainable and our waterways much healthier for everyone to enjoy – most importantly our flora and fauna. Lee Brehaut responds to Selwyn Times’ article on the proposed cycleway between Leeston and Doyleston I fully support the development of a cycleway between Doyleston and Leeston. Doyleston and Leeston will continue increasing their populations, Doyleston has an awesome park – including a MANAGEMENT: Improved water quality in Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere (left) and Snake Creek is welcomed. BMX track – more people are wanting to cycle as a recreation and are looking for places to ride in safety, the distance is an easy ride to access services in Leeston village. As a resident of Doyleston, I have walked home from Leeston along Leeston Rd. It was not pleasant in spite of it being mid-morning and in good weather. Two cars (one overtaking) travelling towards Doyleston passed together right beside me as I walked on the side towards oncoming traffic. With my back to them I did not see these two cars coming so when they passed me at 80 -100km/h. I got a fright and realised just how unsafe this stretch of road is. Because of the berm camber, it is hard to walk well away from the road edge. I would never cycle on this road. This cycleway is in the district plan and I believe is an excellent project to enhance the live, work and play mantra of the Selwyn district. FREE installation* We’ll keep you warm this winter. Fully rated heating right down to -15°C...guaranteed. $3,299 SALE HIGH WALL HEAT PUMP FH50 6.0kW *Conditions apply Back-to-back basic installation Book your FREE in-home quote TODAY! 0800 324 678 fall in Love with your favourite furniture all over again. 30 YEARS EXCELLENT RANGE OF FABRICS BEFORE EXPERIENCEFREE Recover your couches and chairs and save money! AFTER QUOTES Somerfield Upholstery Ltd FURNITURE RECOVERY SPECIALIST 10 Calgary Place, Hornby | Ph 021 251 6200 | 349 0456 VISIT OUR SHOWROOM | QUALITY WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED Paul Tainui

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 23 2017 11 A community punching well above its weight Dunsandel Community Committee chairman Russell Dalzell writes about developments in the area We live in a vibrant, small community that punches way above it’s weight in pretty much every aspect of life. Whether it be school achievement, sporting achievement, business achievement or just good old family and community values. We are in the closing stages of a seven-year programme to replace our old community hall. This was badly damaged in the September 4, 2010, earthquake. This new facility is going to be one that we will be proud of and will serve as a focal point for the whole community for many years to come. To achieve this we asked the locals to dip into their Care Homes pockets and the response has been amazing. Rarely has a project such as this experienced such generosity from the local community. This community cares about core values that make life in Dunsandel the special place it is. The grand opening will at this stage be in late July or early August and all locals are invited to attend. While we have been busy with the new facility we have also installed new tennis/netball courts at the Dunsandel Domain and another two are on the drawing board for 2018/19. We have a near new all-weather bowling green which is well supported. Small bore rifle shooting has one of the best facilities in Canterbury tucked away inside the existing sports centre. Rugby, cricket, tennis, netball, twilight netball and touch rugby are all active on our domain. Once the new facility is opened we would love to see the resurgence of other indoor sports. The school speaks for itself with academic achievement levels up there with the best. The township boasts the world famous Dunsandel Store, great tea rooms and a reborn hotel that is rapidly gaining a great reputation as a fine place to dine. Quirky retail in Che Bellos and hairdressing for the ladies and a barber for the gents. Also a couple of very well appointed vet clinics and the iconic Happers Honda. The Trinity Church (Anglican and co-operating) is strong in a modern, warm and welcoming environment. A new subdivision has been planned on the north-west of the township so the future is looking very bright indeed. A family-friendly place to be. Located in north west Christchurch, Bupa Maidstone Care Home puts you and your family first, with rest home, hospital and respite care options available. Maidstone Care Home, 125 Withells Road, Avonhead Call Sarah our Community Liaison on (03) 373 8566 or 027 273 2113 to find out more NEW SEASON Jazz Apples Loose Product of New Zealand $ 3 49 kg ea ? Pams Butter 500g Fresh NZ Beef Corned Silverside $ 4 99 $ 9 99 kg Heartland Premium Crisps 150g ANY 2 FOR $ 4 99 Pams ice cream 2 Litre $ 4 99 Coca-Cola, NescafE CaFE Sprite, Fanta, Lift Menu 10 Pack or L&P 1.5 $ 6 49 $ 2 79 Litre pk ea Oyster Bay 750ml (excludes Pinot Noir & Sparkling) $ 15 99 Heineken $ 24 99 ea 12 Pack 330ml Bottles pk ea Specials available South Island only from Monday 22nd May until Sunday 28th May 2017 or while stocks last. Wine and beer available at stores with an off licence. Wine and beer purchases restricted to persons aged 18 years old and over.