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Selwyn Times: September 26, 2017

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2 Tuesday September 26 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES FROM THE REPORTER’S DESK THIS WEEK the Selwyn Times has something for everyone. Whether you followed the election closely or not, you have to congratulate Amy Adams for holding down the Selwyn fort and keeping her seat quite convincingly with a margin of more than 17,000 votes. See what Ms Adams has to say about her win on page 8 – we’ll be keeping an eye on what she has in store for Selwyn over the next three years. But if sport is more your thing, there are some great photo spreads on pages 14 to 17. Or if you’re into theatre and arts, have a read of the Our People on pages 4 and 5. We spoke to Carla Weber from Rolleston who says she lives and breathes musical theatre. – Georgia O’Connor-Harding Inside Little mistakes cost Country SPORT 14-15 News.............................3-23 Our People.......................4-5 Local Views............ 10-11 Sport..................................14-17 Backyard Critters.......25 Community Events......27 Gardening............. ..23-25 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 HA V E YO UR S AY If you care about the environment around you – Canterbury’s air, water and land - have your say in how it is managed. To help guide the development of Environment Canterbury’s long-term plan take our quick online survey at www.ecan.govt.nz/haveyoursay High Country High Tea A Finest Slice of High Country! What better way to spend an afternoon with friends or family than in the tranquil setting of Terrace Downs Resort. Available everyday 11am - 3pm Have you booked your Christmas FunCtion At Terrace Downs Resort? $29 per person Illustration only. or $39 per person with a glass of bubbles Booking essential. Minimum 2 people. Gluten free available. Only a one hour drive from Christchurch. • Dinner Functions • Team Events • Activities • Accommodation Terrace Downs has so much to offer and there’s something for everyone! Our events team will organise a special Christmas event for you! Make your Sunday extra special with our popular Sunday Buffet Come and enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours, accompanied by live music. Every Sunday 12:30pm Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20 Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort 623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury Email: info@terracedowns.co.nz www.terracedowns.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 26 2017 3 News Ratepayers’ association fired up over cost of Weedons pavilion • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding THE DEBATE over how the new community pavilion at Weedons Reserve is funded has fired up again. The Weedons Residents’ Association committee is concerned ratepayers are bearing the brunt of the cost of a facility they may not get any use out of. A budget of about $800,000 is estimated for the new pavilion, with discussions ongoing for the last eight years. Weedons ratepayers are currently paying $14 per year towards the new pavilion and $80 towards the recreation reserve fee. Committee secretary Gary Doyle said ratepayers were initially paying $54 per year until he argued against it and the amount was reduced to $14. In the past it has been an issue, with Mr Doyle previously making a deputation to the district council alleging the Weedons Reserve Committee, which is behind the plan, is dominated by sports players. But at the time, the reserve committee’s chairman Peter Holmes said the reserve was well-represented by the FIRED UP: Gary Doyle says ratepayers are bearing the brunt of the cost of a new community pavilion at Weedons Reserve. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER community. Mr Doyle told Selwyn Times last week it wants to build a cricket club building rather than a community facility. But Mr Holmes said this was not the case and the whole idea is for it to be a community building. The district council’s major projects property manager John Reid said discussions over contributions made by the user groups of the domain are ongoing. He said while designs are not complete, the building will include a lounge, a small kitchen, two dressing rooms and some public toilet facilities. The issue has flared up again after information under the Local Government Official Information Act revealed the Weedons Tennis Club had made no contribution towards the cost of shifting as part of the reserve’s development. The tennis courts have been LINCOLN EVENT CENTRE SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER moved and realigned to allow for a larger cricket oval for the Weedons Cricket Club as part of the community pavilion redevelopment. Information from the district council’s corporate services manager Greg Bell said the tennis court upgrade cost $162,601 plus GST and 65 per cent of this is estimated to have come from ratepayers. Mr Holmes said the tennis club has put at least $2000 towards the courts upgrade. Tennis Club secretary Julie Cockburn said there is a high chance the tennis club will have to put funding into the overall upgrade because of a shortfall. Sponsorship has also been made by various companies. “I am not too sure why residents would be upset about trying to upgrade a facility right next to them . . . it gives Weedons an identity rather than being part of Rolleston,” she said. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you concerned about the funding of the new community pavilion at Weedons Reserve? Email your views to georgia. oconnor@starmedia.kiwi TICKETS FROM BRIDGESTONE TYRE CENTRE OR In Brief 1 WEEK TO GO! Thanks to: STRUCK BY TREE High winds on Monday morning blew a tree over which landed on a vehicle trapping the driver inside. A woman was cut from her vehicle at about 8.30am on Weddons Ross Rd and taken to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries. Firefighters from three crews used extraction gear to remove her from the vehicle, a fire and emergency communications spokesman said. NEW LIGHTS AT ISLINGTON Two new sets of traffic lights were installed in Islington yesterday. 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