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Selwyn Times: May 16, 2017

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4 Tuesday May 16 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES News New record for firefighters •From page 1 He said it came down to supply and demand in the outer areas and the further out the property gets from Christchurch or residential areas such as Rolleston, the smaller the buyer pool. Ray White licensee agent/business owner Brendan “Big Red” Shefford said Rolleston continues to be the most popular place for houses because there is more supply available. The REINZ report said the Christchurch city median sits at $459,100 while Timaru has the FIREFIGHTERS FROM Selwyn have helped set a new fundraising record for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge raising $1.25 million for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand Five brigades from Southbridge, Leeston, Dunsandel and the Kirwee area took part in the event on the weekend. Volunteer fire brigade stations Southbridge raised $9337, Leeston $5220, Dunsandel $2380, and Kirwee $2257. The team that raised the most money was Auckland Airport Rescue Fire which raised $62,218. The brigade which raised the most money based on the number of firefighters in the team was Tamatea Rural Fire Force which raised $21,505. The current top record holder for speed is Josh Harrison from Mt Wellington Station who has kept his first place spot for seven years running reaching the top of the tower in 9min 20sec. In second place was William Garnett from Auckland Airport Fire Rescue who completed the climb in 9min 38sec, while Andrew Tomlinson from Howick Station came third with a time of 9min and 50sec. The fastest woman was Rebecca Wright from Otara Station with a time of 13min 59sec. House prices top in Canty lowest median in Canterbury at $339,100. The overall Canterbury region median of $447,000 is 2.9 per cent compared to April last year. In the report, REINZ regional director Jim Davis said the market remains well-balanced and stability has been a feature in the markets for the past several months. Selwyn is also experiencing high volumes of build consent applications with Rolleston having the highest number of new builds between May 2016 and May this year at 878. Your Local Views A reader responds to Selwyn Times’ article on a proposal to have a new returned services association Merv Barron – I was reading with great interest the article on the development of a new RSA clubrooms in Rolleston. What a golden opportunity to develop an RSA bowling club along the lines of the RSL bowling clubs, which operate in dozens of towns and cities all across Australia. With a projected population of 11,800 in 2017 and a growth rate of around 8 per cent per annum, that gives us a population of just under 15,000 by the year 2020. To have a “sports” club as such would be such an advantage to our town where people could gather to enjoy a night out for dinner and a show of sorts. Rolleston is the third biggest town in Canterbury, with only Ashburton and Rangiora bigger. We have no outdoor bowls club, so I feel this is the opportunity to set this up and even make it the headquarters for bowls Selwyn, which currently has nine bowls clubs. Food for thought. Readers respond to concerns as to how water issues are managed in the district Mike Glover – Your article WATER: There are concerns about how water issues are managed in district. on May 9 gave the impression that I believed Environment Canterbury should aim for 800 tonnes to be the load limit for nitrogen going into Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere per year. This isn’t my view. However, I and most Selwyn residents, would reasonably expect the limit set under the new Canterbury Water Management Strategy targets to be lower than the amount entering it now – estimated at 3200 tonnes/year. I’ve only recently been made aware that the new limit set by ECan is 4800 tonnes/year. A whopping 1600 tonnes/year more than it is now. This is a cruel joke on the ratepayers and residents of Canterbury – the second most polluted lake in New Zealand is set to become much, much more polluted. Unbelievable. Jan and John Zervos – Between 2000 and 2016, Labour and National each governed for eight years. The degradation of Lake Ellesmere’s feeder streams and rivers makes way for the Central Plains Water scheme – emphasis on scheme, to make money from the waterways economy-induced demise. In effect, one activity is creating another activity to selfperpetuate profit-making and more pollution. We’ve already seen its first attempt to rise into fruition. When procrastination, obfuscation, obstruction, and repetition cease to operate, we’ll know there’s been a change of mindset. Then we’ll see dramatic improvements to Lake Ellesmere and its waterways. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 16 2017 5 News Port Hills fire risk plan A NEW plan has been released to assist in Selwyn’s recovery following the Port Hills fire in February. A meeting was held for property owners in the Port Hills area in late March to discuss how the risk of fires in area could be reduced in the future. Property owners provided feedback at this meeting and through district council staff which has been used to helped to develop the draft recovery plan. Mayor Sam Broughton (left) said the district council has been working with families affected by the fire since February and the document is focused on continuing to support them in the future. “It also looks at actions that can be taken to restore the built and natural environment and reduce the risk of fire affecting this area in the future,” he said. Building safety inspections at a number of properties has been completed by the district council’s building consents team. Future actions are identified in the plan. OUT OF CONTROL: Lincoln volunteers help prepare a helicopter to fight the Port Hills fire. These include setting up a facilitated building consent process for people who are planning to carry out repairs or build new houses following fire damage, with consents being prioritised. Some geotechnical assessment has already been undertaken on properties, and further work is underway in Early Valley Rd to address the risk of rock fall. Further information will also be provided to property owners on how to reduce fire hazard. The development of Selwyn’s plan has been co-ordinated with the recently released Christchurch City Council plan. The discussion document and recovery plan aims to support objectives including homes are rebuilt in a timely manner and effected property and landowners understand how various agencies responded to the fires. Consultation on the document is open until May 26. To have your say on the document go to www.selwyn.govt.nz/haveyoursay •HAVE YOUR SAY: What did you think should be done to assist in the recovery of the Port Hills fire? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi Cycleway talks start with landowners • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding DISCUSSIONS ARE under way with Leeston landowners as the district council plots a new cycleway between Leeston and Doyleston. The cycleway along Leeston Rd will cost $204,000. A link between the two communities was put into the annual budget for 2016/2017. Negotiations over a suitable off-road route are under way with a number of affected parties. A district council spokeswoman said any consenting requirements or affected parties will be identified at a later stage. The district council has not yet confirmed when the designs will be made available. Doyleston Community Committee member Jack Pearcy welcomed the cycleway plan. He said the road between Leeston and Doyleston is not safe for cyclists and pedestrians. “The last thing is you want Jack Pearcy someone getting blown off a bike because of the wind reaction of a car going past you 100km/h or a big side of truck that blows you onto the grass,” he said. Mr Pearcy said plans are progressing quietly in the background. Leeston Community Committee chairman Lloyd Clausen said communities are keen to see the cycleway happen and agreed it will make it a lot safer for everyone travelling between the two towns. A cycleway is not the only development planned for Leeston Rd with a new dog park set to be established between the entrance to the A&P Showgrounds and Ellesmere Heritage Park. The project is expected to cost $140,000. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Would you like to see a cycleway between Leeston and Doyleston? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi