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Selwyn Times: August 01, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Inside Tuesday August 1 2017 FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK THERE’S AN emphasis on youth on our front page today – two girls who have different but very difficult missions in life. Maddie Collins, the West Melton 13-year-old, has on her plate a mission to survive. That’s right: Survive. She is relying on the public for expensive treatment for a kidney condition. One hundred thousand dollars was raised last week but there’s much more to go. Also, on the front page is swimmer Hannah Bates, a Lincoln 17-year-old who has just returned from the Bahamas with a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Her aspiration is to get to an Olympics. To do this she will need financial help to compete internationally, the only way that she will consistently improve over the next few years to reach her goals. If there were ever good causes . . . – Barry Clarke Darfield aims for first Coleman Shield SPORT 16 SELWYN TIMES News............................. 3-15 Our People........................4,5 Local Views.............13,14 Sport................................. 16-19 Backyard Critters.......22 Gardening.............................32 Community Events....35 GET IN TOUCH General Inquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch starmedia.kiwi NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi SILVER DOLLAR come and enjoy the new lunch menu QUIZ NIGHTS Every Wednesday from 7pm. Ring to book a table. • Indoor outdoor & mezzanine dining areas • Large sheltered & sunny courtyard • Extensive lunch & evening menu selection to suit everybody’s tastes • Large range of wine, tap & bottled beers • 2x courtesy vans available The Silver Dollar, the place that supports your community 871 Jones Rd, Rolleston | Ph 347 0386 | www.silverdollarbar.co.nz Beautiful Blooms now in Lincoln with Broadfield Flowers In the flower business for 26 years broadfieldflowers P 325 2621 | 3 Gerald St, Lincoln Order on line or at our new Lincoln shop www.broadfieldflowersflorist.co.nz Questions about arthritis? Come along to this drop-in clinic. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about living with arthritis. Facilitators: Carolyn Wood and Allan Desquitado, Arthritis Educators Tuesday 8 August 2017 11.30am – 2.30pm The Foyer, Selwyn Aquatic Centre 71 Broadlands Drive, Rolleston. No swim necessary! For more information, call Arthritis NZ 0800 663 463 or email carolyn.wood@arthritis.org.nz www.arthritis.org.nz www.facebook.com/ArthritisNewZealand @ArthritisNZ FREE Sport and Recreation TRY OVER 25 FREE ACTIVITIES SUNDAY 27 AUGUST, 12–3PM, LINCOLN EVENT CENTRE AND DOMAIN www.selwyn.govt.nz Have A Go Day growing strong communities together

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday August 1 2017 3 News Kayak park plan for The Willows • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A KAYAKING facility could be constructed to complement The Willows Park development near the Waimakariri River. Environment Canterbury is running a series of workshops to discuss how they could develop The Willows at the end of Thompsons Rd. Kayaker Bruce Leslie has pitched an idea to construct a new white water course and swimming hole downstream from the irrigation canal Tom Lambie on Intake Rd near Kirwee. The kayaking facility and swimming hole aims to discourage people from swimming near the irrigation canal. But ECan parks and forest team leader David Owen said while these ideas could be considered in the future, it was not part of The Willows planning. There was no consultation document available for The Willows development. However, the kayaking facility and swimming hole were discussed at a Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting last IDEA: An image drawn by kayaker Bruce Leslie of a proposed new water facility which could be developed near the Waimakariri River at the end of Thompsons Rd. week, but no formal resolution was made. Committee member and ECan councillor Tom Lambie said while the committee was willing to explore the option, a lot of work would need to be done to see if the project was feasible. Although Mr Leslie was yet to find the funding for the project, he would like to see it completed by the end of the year. He said there has been one death in the irrigation canal and the aim of his project is to move people away from the dangerous structure. In 2012, Ashleigh Kumar died while swimming in the irrigation pond when she was dragged facedown beneath a narrow underwater gateway leading from the storage pond to the river. Every warning sign at the canal had been vandalised the day Miss Kumar and her friends visited, but they have since been replaced. In spite of Miss Kumar’s death, Mr Leslie said people are still swimming in the area. He said there was potential for Environment Canterbury and the district council to put more fencing around the canal structure. Car parking, picnic areas, toilets and native plantings are included in the plan for the kayaking facility and swimming hole. Another reason for the plan was so kayakers did not have to travel as far to train. Mr Leslie said kayakers have a long way to travel with the Hurunui River being the closest training venue. The idea has been supported by the kayaking community. Kirwee kayaker Ross McLeod said it would be an excellent spot for the facility. “There are not many swimming holes for teenagers to go really,” he said. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Would you use the new kayaking facility at Thompsons Rd? Email your views to georgia. oconnor@starmedia.kiwi In Brief SHEFFIELD FENCE Sheffield will get a chain fence beside the railway line to stop motorists backing into a ditch. The Sheffield/Waddington Community Committee approved fencing the area last week. The district council’s disposals and leasing manager Rob Allen said a contractor has been instructed to install the fence. However, this requires final approval from KiwiRail. CENTRE OPENING A celebration for the opening of the Dunsandel Community Centre will be held on Friday. The new facility replaces the original Dunsandel Community Hall after it was damaged beyond repair in the 2010/2011 earthquakes. The opening will be attended by Mayor Sam Broughton, MP for Selwyn Amy Adams and Dunsandel Community Committee chairman Russell Dalzell. PLAYCENTRE TO MOVE The Hororata Playcentre is planning to move behind the Hororata Fire Station on Bealey Rd. District council property and commercial manager Douglas Marshall is completing a time frame to make sure the land is safe and uncontaminated. Did you know that ACC fund hearing aids for hearing loss caused by noise exposure? If your job involves high levels of noise, talk to Brenna today! If you have an existing ACC claim number & now is the right time to get hearing aids, Brenna can process this for you. If you already have ACC funded hearing aids, check with Brenna as you may be due for an upgrade. Or book in for your first ACC assessment Brenna Sincock specialises in the ACC process No surcharge for ACC appointments Ministry of Health subsidies available for those who do not qualify for ACC. Open 5 days a week 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston Phone 03 390 2332 Outreach clinics in Leeston, Darfield, Lincoln | www.sincockhearing.co.nz