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Selwyn Times: June 27, 2017

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8 Tuesday June 27 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 27 2017 9 Your Local Views Funding turned down News Readers respond to Selwyn Fashion Times’ article on Rolleston’s potential need for a cemetery: David Bellamy – My wife and I have very much enjoyed living in Rolleston for a number of years and we are both members of the Rolleston Combined Probus Club. This club has a membership of Gardening 151 of which the average age is 76 years and 95 per cent live in Rolleston. A number of us have discussed this issue and feel that because a large number were either born in Rolleston or have lived here for some time it would be very nice to have our final resting place here in Rolleston. It would be great if the Motoring district council could establish a cemetery in Rolleston that provided for both burial and a separate area within the cemetery for ashes. The land purchased on the corner of Weedons and Levi Rds for a large scale park would be an ideal location. Although there are other cemeteries in the district it would be nice to have one in Rolleston. These are my personal comments and not those of the Rolleston Combined Probus Club. I know you feel that we don’t need it at the moment, however, us older people would like it sooner than too much later as time is running out for us. Rob Anderson – There’s also a cemetery at Springston which would be closer to Rolleston than the one in Shands Rd. Last time I looked, there seemed to be plenty of room for more plots but the land may belong to the adjacent church so they would have the final say on whether burials can take place there. • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding SUGGESTIONS THAT the district council put forward further funding for replanting on private land damaged in the Port Hills fires has been turned down. A discussion about the district council’s contribution to the Port Hills recovery was held at the recent annual deliberations meeting. The idea for it to make a contribution was put forward by the Port Hills Selwyn recovery manager Malcolm Lyall Al Lawn. In February, the Port Hills fire affected more than 1645ha of land and more than 95 per cent was privately-owned. It was supported by councillor Mark Alexander who said the district council needed to be “paddling the canoe” along with it neighbour and suggested putting towards $25,000. But councillor John Morten asked why the contribution would go towards private land and not public land. He later told Selwyn Times the ratepayers had put funding into obviously firefighting and rockfall work on the private land. Deputy mayor Malcolm Lyall noted at the meeting much of the land is Department of Conservation-owned. The district council has invested about $50,000 on rockfall hazard remediation work. Mr Lawn said a lot of people affected by the fires were underinsured, but the district council had to weigh up how it spends the ratepayer money. “I would like to see a lot more of the hills replanted and how we encourage people to do that, I don’t know,” he said. Mr Lawn said he is working with the district council’s biodiversity co-ordinator Andy Spanton, landowners and ECan to see what can be provided for the landowners. Councillors Murray Lemon, Jeff Bland, Debra Hasson, Grant Miller and Bob Mugford were recorded at the meeting as not agreeing to the funding. The Christchurch City Council set aside $949,000 in its Annual Plan 2017/18 for ongoing costs and $345,000 in capital expenditure for the Port Hills recovery work. The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee (a joint committee of ECan) diverted $35,000 to the rehabilitation of Ohinetahi Bush Reserve which covers land from Governors Bay to Allandale. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think the district council should have put funding towards private land destroyed by the Port Hills fires? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi Tasty Bites SMALL CHANGE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE Twice a year we clear the Community Fund collection boxes at Christchurch Airport and share the money across the community. Money Kiwi dollars, international currency, small change from your cup of coffee, plus a top-up donation from us, all add up for local charities and community projects. 180 Degrees Trust uses outdoor adventures to inspire and teach life skills to vulnerable Canterbury youth, to develop self-awareness, confidence and decision making skills and so initiate a turnaround in young people’s lives. Christchurch Airport proudly supports the 180 Degrees Trust through the Community Fund. Charities and community groups can apply for funds at christchurchairport.co.nz/communityfund