40 2 Wednesday [Edition datE] November 22 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Farmers reminded to watch irrigator aim With irrigation season underway, Environment Canterbury is reminding irrigators to be aware of where their water is going and irrigate the grass, not the road. Environment Canterbury principal resource management advisor Richard Purdon said several complaints have already been received so irrigators need to adjust their aim. “Irrigation onto roads, particularly gravel roads, is not only a waste of water but also has the potential to create safety issues for motorists. “It is the surprise element and the force of the water that could easily startle a motorist, it is especially dangerous for those on motorcycles. Our staff have been receiving an increasing number of calls, especially in our Ashburton office, and our locally based water zone officers will be responding to these on a case-by-case basis,” Mr Purdon said. Irrigation consent holders are responsible for the use of water that is applied to their properties, he said. “Resource consent conditions authorise the use of water to a consented piece of land, not to run to waste. While we understand it can be difficult on windy days, it is still a breach of their consent. “Irrigation system operators must monitor the use of their water and equipment to make sure the water is used in the way that was authorised and not wasted.” Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Andrew Curtis said the two main culprits for water going over-boundary were the end guns on pivot irrigators and travelling irrigators set up too close to roads. “Watering onto roads creates a significant safety hazard, so it’s really important for irrigators to ensure they water within their Attention all farmers If you’re in need of a resource consent, we can help. • Effluent discharge • Groundwater • Surface water • FEP / Land Use • Due diligence • Monitoring & compliance • Advocacy property boundaries. “My advice is to ensure end guns are set and operating correctly and regularly checked. When you set up your travelling irrigator always have a set-back distance from the road,” he said. “Aside from the safety issue, people don’t like seeing water being wasted by being sprayed onto roads. Farmers who irrigate do so under strict regulatory regimes so it’s important they justify their use of water by being efficient and responsible with it.” Anyone experiencing spray on the road that is clearly coming from an irrigation system should contact Environment Canterbury on 0800 324 636. If there is immediate danger to road users they should contact the police. The Best Night in Town • 2x Courtesy Coach • Accommodation – 9 Brand new rooms! • Liquor Shop - Best Prices • Restaurant • 2x Function Areas • Board Room • Great Staff & Attitude • Live Music Every Saturday • TAB • Pokies • Housie from 7pm every Monday night • Great facilities for Xmas functions 3 Market St, Leeston Phone 03 324 4000 | Open 7 days www.crateandbarrel.nz 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi. Ph: 03 375 5015 www.bowden.co.nz GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz
[Edition datE] SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday November 22 2017 41 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Plenty for families to enjoy at annual A&P show The annual Courtenay A&P Show is set to showcase the best of the Selwyn District’s rural productivity this Friday and Saturday, November 24-25, and will be the 142nd year for the popular event. Every year, the Courtenay A&P Association’s president chooses the theme for the show, and for 2017 president Ashley Seaton has chosen ‘sustainable farming’, with all the exhibitors in the big marquee displaying products representing this theme. Visitors will see the latest in farm equipment and machinery on show at the trade sites. The stock, and grain and seed competitions will again be fierce as farmers hope their entries will get the nod from the judges in reward for all their hard work. Those that have entered the produce, baking, handcrafts and photography competitions will also be hoping for good results in their class, with the public having the chance to view all the entries. Saturday will be a real family day out at the Show, with plenty of entertainment including the Clown Lolytwist and the Pedalmania bikes, which can carry up to five riders and will be available for free rides. There will also be craft stalls and food sites, wood-chopping, vintage car displays, rides and sideshows. Of course, the animals are always a highlight of the Show. The children will love the interactive activities in the Arion Farm Park where they can hold and pet the baby animals such as lambs and rabbits. Horses will again be a key feature, with keen riders competing in the various events and classes. A spectacular event in the ring will see the stock and station horses being put through their paces on the obstacle course, while the harness horses and ponies will also keep the crowds entertained. The dog trial finals will take place in the main ring just before the Grand Parade. Also taking place in the ring to much hilarity will be the terrier race – anyone can bring their terrier to the show and enter the race on the day. Mingling with the crowds will be special guests, local MP Amy Adams and Selwyn District Mayor Sam Broughton and his wife Liz. The Courtenay A&P Show is being held at the Kirwee Showgrounds with the public expected to start arriving on Saturday from about 9.30am. Friday and Saturday, November 24-25, and will be the 142nd year for the popular event COURTENAY unbelievable spring specials!!! Genuine $200 off normal retail price Don’t buy another vegetable! 20ft Greenhouse - 6.29m(L) x 2.6m(W) x 2.58m(H) Aluminium powder coated (green) frame & base 6mm Polycarbonate walls & roof with 5yr UV guarantee Wide opening double sliding door Fully adjustable roof vent Spread your own fertiliser! 300 litre corrosion free plastic hopper Spreading range - 10-30m Tractor mounted - PTO driven Recommended tractor HP-20-40 $1,695.00 GST incl. $795.00 GST incl. Tuatara Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. email@example.com A&P SHOW Saturday 25 November Kirwee Showgrounds Children’s Entertainment with Lolytwist | Terrier Racing | Speed Shearing Woodchopping | Fire Brigade Display | Craft & Trade Stalls District Dog Trial Final | Special Events | Side Shows Food Stalls | Licensd Booth Arion Farm Park Display - get up close with young farm animals Pedalmania - the weirdest bikes you’ll ever ride! Between 1 and 5 people needed to ride each bike! EFTPOS AVAILABLE ON GROUNDS Adults - $10 Children Under 16 - Free FREE PARKING LOLLY SCRAMBLE & GRAND PARADE 1.00PM GREAT FAMILY DAY OUT!