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Selwyn Times: October 17, 2017

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12 Tuesday October 17 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Fire chief marks 50 years Chief fire officer Donald McMillan’s 50-years service to the Southbridge Volunteer Fire Brigade was celebrated on Friday. Mr McMillan said it was a good night spent mainly with the fire service, friends and family. “I just love the job and love being able to help people. It is very, very rewarding,” he said. Mr McMillan said he is not planning to retire any time soon. “I am still fit enough and still capable. It is nice to be able to help the community,” he said. PHOTO: SOUTHBRIDGE VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE • By Emily O’Connell A HALSWELL resident says reduced speed limits in the area are a lot better but more could still be done. Speed limits on multiple roads in Halswell were reduced earlier this year. Halswell Junction Rd was reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h, Quaifes Rd from 80km/h to 50km/h and 100m of Quaifes Rd south-east of Whincops Rd from 80km/h to 70km/h. Marshs Rd was reduced from 80km/h to 70km/h, Sparks Rd from 80km/h to 60km/h and Sutherlands Rd from 80km/h to 60km/h. Jenny Hawke said she likes the lower speeds but on some roads people just ignore them. “Definitely getting the speed limits lowered is the first step but, because I do a lot of driving, I drive from Halswell to Rangiora every day for work, I just find that people Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk SPEED: Since the speed change from 60km/h to 50km/h, residents have noticed a difference on roads like Haslwell Junction Rd. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Lower speed limits working but more needs to be done don’t bother sticking to the speed limit,” she said. Miss Hawke said if there were more consequences around speeding, people might pay more attention. “When you’re driving every day and once in a blue moon, you see a police car or someone pulled over then, you know, it doesn’t mean much. It’s frustrating that there are not more consequences for that,” she said. City council transport acting manager operations said speed counts showed the average was down along Halswell Junction Rd. She said the Haslwell residents’ she had spoken to liked the changes. “We’ve got quite a few elderly neighbours and you feel better watching them cross the road and you know it’s safer for them because they’ve got more time,” Miss Hawke said. Saturday and Sunday Breakfast from 9am CUP WEEK Tues & Sat Races • Breakfast/Bubbles/Transport • to & from the Races • Book now, limited spaces • Courtesy vehicle running to get you home • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Fri | Ph 03 421 6481 West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road www.twofatpossums.co.nz Courtesy Van available WE SPECIALISE IN THE CARE AND PRESERVATION OF TREES • Pruning • Expert Tree Felling • Fully Insured • Free Quotes • Powerline Clearing Member of NZ Arboriculture Association For quotes and enquiries phone 03 349 7143 | For urgent enquiries phone 027 272-6710 Email: office@arbor-tek.co.nz • Branch Chipping • Competitive Rates • Orion Approved Contractor FULLY QUALIFIED ARBORISTS www.arbor–tek.co.nz

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