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Selwyn Times: October 10, 2017

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8 Tuesday October 10 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News SELWYN TIMES Dogs return to libraries THE DISTRICT council libraries programme for term four is now open for bookings at the Leeston and Rolleston libraries. The programme encourages children to read to a friendly dog, helping them gain greater confidence reading aloud, as well as developing literacy. Libraries manager Vicki Carlyon said feedback on the programme has been positive. “The volunteer dog owners selected by the Selwyn Dog Training Club have also enjoyed contributing to children’s reading progress and seeing the enjoyment both dogs and children take from their interactions.” Parent Catherine Nicol says the programme has encouraged her son Toby to read. “He won’t read at home, but says it’s fun patting the dogs”. The dogs have been carefully selected and are monitored by their handler. The free 15min sessions will continue to be available at Leeston and Rolleston on a fortnightly basis, with most taking place on the mobile library bus. Visit www.selwynlibraries. co.nz or contact a Selwyn library for more information. Win a trip to the Melbourne Cup FLEMINGTON subdivision at Lincoln is named after one of the most famous racecourses in the world. So, to cap a good year, Lincoln’s version has decided to offer two lucky people the opportunity to visit Melbourne’s equivalent on November 7 to watch the famous race. Flemington developer Shane Kennedy, as well as a successful horse trainer, said the subdivision at Lincoln had strong demand this year, so as a way of thanks had decided to run a competition for two people to see this year’s Melbourne Cup. “We have organised flights from Christchurch leaving on the Monday and returning on the Wednesday, two nights’ accommodation and access to a marquee located at the heart of Flemington Racecourse on the big day. There’s also a buffet lunch and refreshments included. “Entries are from our show home village and we intend to draw the lucky name out later in October to give them plenty of time to prepare,” he said. OPPORTUNITY: Developer Shane Kennedy points out two of the many road signs at Flemington named after famous names in the horse racing industry. He is offering a trip for two to the Melbourne Cup. ​ ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace ARE YOU SICK OF HEADLICE? RICHARD GRAY W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS ENDS NITS... NATURALLY • Ongoing use prevents re-infestation • Completely organic • Non toxic Like us on Facebook - Wilsons Barrington Pharmacy Barrington Pharmacy Ltd | Ph 322 3156 10% DISCOUNT 256 Barrington St (next to Couplands) EVERYDAY USING EXCLUDES PRESCRIPTIONS & SALE STOCK Artisan Homes Builders of superior homes. Built to last. Award winning Registered Master Builders Artisan Homes Office & Showhome 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon Artisan Homes New Showhome 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Open Sat & Sun 12–4pm Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston New Show Home: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 10 2017 9 Bid to overcome sporting facility zoning snag • By Emily O’Connell A ROAD block, which is in the way of a Russian businessman’s plan to expand his Yaldhurst sporting facility, might be cleared today. Canterbury Sports Ltd director Slava Meyn, who moved to Christchurch in 2009, built the Yaldhurst Football Academy two years ago. He is now in the process of planning a bigger complex on the 20ha block of land, which would include a gymnastics indoor stadium, swimming pool, sport courts, and weights area. But the land he wants to develop is zoned Open Space Community Park under the district plan, which does not allow for buildings larger than 1000 sq m. Mr Meyn wants the zoning to be changed to Open Space Metropolitan Facilities Zone, so he can progress the development as planned. Because Mr Meyn’s plans do not comply, the project could be delayed by up to five years with resource and building consent processes. City council staff have been looking into how it could change PROPOSED: A swimming complex like this is planned for the Yaldhurst facility. the zoning to allow the expansion to go ahead. They decided the best way to do so was through the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act. Today, the city council’s regulatory performance committee will decide whether to ask staff to investigate a way of doing so through the Act, and to report back to city councillors. It would require working with Regenerate Christchurch and the department of prime minister and Cabinet. It comes just as McDonald’s has applied for resource consent to the city council to build a new restaurant and drive through opposite the sporting facility. The idea to speed up the zone-changing process has been supported by Sport Canterbury, Christchurch Netball Centre, Canterbury Basketball Association, Mainland Football, Canterbury Water Polo, Southern Districts Football Club, ChristchurchNZ, and Apollo Projects – Aquatic and Sporting Facilities, who all wrote to the city council asking it to help change the zoning. Wigram MP Megan Woods and Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend have also written in support of using the act to do so. Dr Woods said it has the potential to be a really good asset for western Christchurch but the community must be involved. “I think what we absolutely have to do is make sure that we get the views of the community in the process as well,” she said. The existing football facility has two full size artificial football pitches, four artificial mini-pitches, a full-size natural turf pitch, clubroom facilities, café, administrative offices, grandstand seating for about 1000 people. Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk SPECTACULAR: The current football academy, funded mainly by Slava Meyn and built in 2015. ​ CLEAR OUT: Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora has successfully opened to the sea. It was cut open on Sunday, October 1. A media spokeswoman said the cut has developed well. The cut survived the first high tide and is now about 35m wide. It was recorded on September 22 the lake level reading was 0.99m, a calm average. The lake was last opened in July, lasting 38 days. PHOTO: MARK HAMILTON ​ is almost here... time to sort your costume At Rolleston Costume Hire, we are here to help you make a big entrance to any fancy dress or themed party in Christchurch. Our huge range of high-quality costumes has something for everyone, with adult and children’s sizes in a host of recognisable characters. Just browse the gallery below to see some of the great costumes we offer. Like us on facebook End of year Christmas Party... We have costumes for most themes