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Selwyn Times: October 31, 2017

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10 Tuesday October 31 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Growing Darfield brings issues Lincoln University students have undertaken a planning project if Darfield was to expand. Georgia O’Connor-Harding reports THE POPULATION of the once quiet Darfield has begun to soar. But with more growth comes more problems, a new Lincoln University report shows. Back in the 1970s, Darfield’s population barely stretched to 900. For years the small country town remained under the radar, but was commonly characterised as “the township under the nor’west arch” after the arch of cloud often spotted west of Darfield when the wind blew across the Southern Alps. But with a population projected to reach nearly 4000 by Karen Johnston 2025, what was once known as a service town for farming and the rural community is now starting to boom. Darfield currently has a population of about 2000. Long-time residents such as Malvern Butchery owner Pat McKay describe it as “the gateway to everywhere”. Located in the Canterbury Plains, Darfield is a main town leading to the Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers and onto the West Coast. “We have got a Fonterra plant, brick works and we have got a sawmill. How many towns in New Zealand can say they have got that?” Mr McKay said. The rapid development of the Central Plains Water Scheme has also helped to transform Darfield into a busy hub. The growth in the town, originally known as White Cliffs BUSY: Darfield is an expanding town that will mean solving infrastructure issues. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS Junction then Horndon Junction, has been viewed as positive. Mayor Sam Broughton said the developments in the town have allowed new people to move into the area and a lot of investment had been put into the main streets of Darfield. He said the new Challenge Darfield and a new shopping centre in McMillan St had been completed recently along with the expansion of Farmlands. But more growth comes with more problems – as outlined in a new planning project on Darfield by a group of Lincoln University students. The project, identifying issues and options for the growing area, was presented by masters students Richard Sheild, Hilary Riordan and Mithran Gopinath to the district council. The project was assigned by the district council. The student’s presentation showed growth was partially due to the town’s conversion to dairy farming and a shift of population from the Canterbury earthquakes. Fonterra’s plans to have two new cream cheese plants completed by 2020 was also identified as bringing in more people as it created new job opportunities. But key issues halting the town’s growth included the lack of a sewage system, lack of space for commercial expansion and low housing density. Mr McKay, who is also Darfield Community Committee chairman, said planning for the sewage system should have started years ago. “You have got to look 10-20 years out . . . you make the decisions for tomorrow today,” he said. He said while there is no science to prove Darfield needs a sewage system, it needs to get into the district council’s longterm plan to be addressed. Darfield is the largest township in New Zealand without a reticulated sewage system. Lincoln University adjunct and contract senior lecturer Karen Johnston said the district council asked the students to look at the township because it is a community that could have potential issues. Options to address the sewage problem included a new sewage centre which could also service Coalgate, Glentunnel and Kirwee. “I think that is a big political question for the district councillors to address, because if they move to a reticulated system, then the people who have invested in septic systems already are going to have to move over,” Dr Johnston said. She said the issue is whether Environment Canterbury will continue to give consents for septic tanks rather than requiring the district council to install a sewage system. ECan’s principal consents adviser Paul Hopwood said it can’t refuse consents for septic tank systems in advance of a reticulated system being installed if the discharge on groundwater can be managed. “Until a reticulated wastewater system is installed, property owners or developers can apply for resource consent for on-site wastewater discharges,” he said. Mr Broughton said the district council has a working party researching the reticulated system and has been unable to identify any health or environmental reason for it. He said while a system could have advantages for the businesses on the main street, it would come at a high economic cost. Two Rivers Community Trust community services stream manager Bev Elder said any movement of rates to pay for projects such as a reticulated system can be desperately difficult for some residents. “Many of them are living lives of desperation now, deciding between should I pay the rent this week or the food this week,” she said. Mrs Elder said it is easy to think of Selwyn as a rich territorial area, but there are pockets in the district which are not. She said the district council should be making decisions for all kinds of demographics rather than being led by developers and people with money. Changes which it could make included allowing studio flats on the back of houses available for people at lower rents and more emergency housing options. Other options discussed in the students presentation was for Darfield to maintain low density housing around the perimeter to retain a rural feel and leave high density housing close to the central business area. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What problems do you see in the future if Darfield decides to expand? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@starmedia. kiwi

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 31 2017 11 Race Week is fast appRoaching and We have it all coveRed foR you COLORFUL EXPLOSIONS: The Rolleston fireworks display from last year. Fireworks displays to light up Selwyn • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding ORGANISERS OF Selwyn’s two major fire works displays are gearing up to light up the sky in celebration of Guy Fawkes. After the Rolleston and Motukarara fireworks shows were deemed successes last year, both events are set to take place again this Saturday. It was estimated 15,000 people attended the display held at Foster Park last year while about 3000 people attended the Waihora Domain. Rolleston Fireworks Committee chairman Jens Christensen said it is a fairly big night costing the organisation $70,000 to put the event on. He said in the 19 years he has been on the committee it has evolved from having $2000 for professional fireworks to $30,000. “The rest of the cost is heavy fencing, portaloos BIG EVENT: About 15,000 people attended the Rolleston fireworks display last year. and things like that,” Mr Christensen said. It estimated the fireworks display will run for 15min choreographed to music. Both Rolleston and Motukarara will have schools and community groups selling food and treat as fundraisers. Mr Christensen said the Rolleston event also has an awesome sound stage allowing the opportunity for youth Selwyn bands to play music. “Constantly we get told it is better than New Brighton . . . the public is very close to the fireworks,” he said. Buses will also run from Rolleston to take people back into Christchurch following the event. •For more information on both events go to https://www.selwyn. govt.nz/services/ events/eventscalendar On Tuesday 14th November we have... - Complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival for the ladies. - FREE Mystery trifecta for every TUI product purchased. - Sweepstakes. - Lucky loosing ticket draw - Best dressed lady/gent. - Best ladies hat. - Best hat/tie for the gents. - Spot prizes including a mystery night away. Been paid out from EQC or needing a facelift? 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 pre-book a table & bring down your crew for a great day/night of entertainment! - Tuesday Night Club Member draw. - Live music - Courtesy van available for pre-booked pickups (Lincoln area only) 2 gerald street, lincoln phone: 03 325 2408 www.famousgrousehotel.co.nz