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Selwyn Times: September 05, 2017

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4 Tuesday September 5 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News Cost savings expected with new street lights • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A DISTRICT-WIDE replacement of Selwyn’s old street lights will get under way in a bid to save electricity costs. The district council will replace its stock of about 5800 street lights with LED technology as part of a threeyear renewal programme. The New Zealand Murray Lemon Transport Agency recently approved a funding business case for the district council to replace its lights. The business case found the cost of the renewal programme of $3.3 million would have a payback period of four to six years based on the energy cost savings of the LED lighting. NZTA has recently increased its funding assistance rate from 49 per cent, to 85 per cent for LED street lighting associated with roads. It is available until the next financial year. RENEWAL: Street lights across the district are set to be replaced with LED technology. ​ A Canterbury Regional Transport Committee report said the district council wishes to take advantage of the NZTA’s enhanced funding assistance. Funding has already been approved by the district council through its 2017/18 annual plan for the renewal programme. District councillor Murray Lemon said the LED renewal Been paid out from EQC or needing a facelift? light programme was a nobrainer. “It was an up front cost but when you look at the operational cost it virtually paid for itself,” Cr Lemon said. District councillors first had a presentation from district council staff on the programme about six months ago. Comedy night tickets selling fast TICKETS FOR Lincoln’s second comedy night are selling fast. Promoter David Parlane said with four weeks to go to the October 7 event at the Lincoln Event centre, only 250 tickets are left. “We are really pleased with the response from the community who are once again supporting Live in Lincoln,” he said. “This is our second year and it just goes to show you that if you put on a good quality, unique event, our community will support it and have a fun night out” This year an additional comedian has been added. Ben Hurley from Three’s 7 Days will return, along with Paul Ego, Jeremy Elwood, Michele A’Court and Gish. Tickets include a complementary glass of wine or beer from the new Black Door Bar and Eatery in Lincoln which can be redeemed anytime after the show through to March. Tickets are on sale at Bridgestone Tyre Centre in Lincoln or through Ticketek. “These comedians have won many international and national awards and are known throughout the country. It’s great to Jeremy Elwood Michele A’Court have them in Lincoln and I’m sure they will enjoy the hospitality and a great night for all,” •Doors and bar open at 6pm with Ben Hurley Paul Ego Gish, (Justin Hansen) a 7pm start at the Lincoln Event Centre. HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ spring Specials!! Buy all your DIY painting & decorating trade products at affordable prices delivered to your doorstep. Decorative Supplies Ltd ″The Painters Warehouse″ ORDER ONLINE TODAY decorativesupplies.co.nz Trusted by tradies for over 14 years! 114 Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui 6 Huxley Street, Sydenham Phone 03 352 8575 • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 15 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 www.enviromaster.co.nz “A local team for local people” 2017 CultureFest Celebrating Selwyn’s diversity SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 11AM–4PM LINCOLN EVENT CENTRE AND DOMAIN GIVE YOUR SENSES AN EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER FOOD, PERFORMANCES, CRAFTS, GAMES, ACTIVITIES AND MORE! FREE WWW.SELWYN.GOVT.NZ

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 5 2017 5 News Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Water quality into lake set to improve • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding NEW MEASURES have been put in place in a bid to monitor the water quality going into Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. A resource consent has been lodged by the Osbornes catchment management working party to restrict the type of discharge running from Osbornes Drain into the lake. The Osbornes drainage scheme is a network of about 9km of drains operating over 1620 ha of farmland and discharges into the lake by a pump station. A meeting Sam Broughton over the resource consent to revive the drain was held between the Osbornes catchment management working party earlier this month. District council water asset manager Murray England said it was a significant milestone for the party, who have been working to get a consent for the last three years. The party is made up of representatives from ECan, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Te Taumutu Runanga, Wairewa Runanga, Department of Conservation, district council and the Osbornes drainage committee. The aim of the consent is to improve its water quality and ecosystem health and avoid erosion and sediment damage of the drain. Mayor Sam Broughton said the consent looks at measures to make sure things are not going into the lake that shouldn’t be. The consent aims to improve water quality and ecosystem health, avoid erosion and sediment discharge, reduce adverse effects of flooding and facilitate sustainable farming practice. It will also be limited to water CLEAN-UP: Osbornes Drain which runs into Lake Ellesmere/ Te Waihora. PHOTO: KATE GUDSELL generated by the construction and maintenance of the Osbornes Land Drainage network. A report prepared for the district council by environmental consultant Pattle Delamore Partners Ltd found water quality sampling of the Osbornes Drain indicated high nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations. Environment Canterbury’s Water Quality Index characterised the water quality in the drain as poor. The report said historical activities such as unmanaged land uses, such as direct discharge of dairy effluent and stock access into the drain is likely to have contributed to the build up of contaminants in sediment. Plans discussed in the report include removing all sediment for the entire length of the Osbornes Drain. Before the 1940s it was estimated Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora had about 800 tonnes reaching it per year. Since then, the nitrogen load has increased, accompanied by a deterioration in water quality. The Selwyn Te Waihora section of ECan’s Land and Water Regional Plan, seeks to limit the amount of nitrogen reaching the lake to 4800 tonnes per year. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think a resource consent monitoring the Osbornes Drain will make a difference to Lake Ellesmere/ Te Waihora’s water quality? Email your views to georgia. oconnor@starmedia.kiwi Do you require after school care for your children? Children attending our programme will have opportunities to engage in leisure and play-based activities which are responsive to the needs, interests, and choices of the children attending the service. The Kid’s Activity Club focuses on keeping kids active! We want children to develop a love for physical activity and an enthusiasm for new experiences. Contact us via email: thekidsactivityclub@gmail.com Or drop into the community centre during programme hours 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday during the school term. HAVE YOU BEEN TO SEE US LATELY? 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