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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

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10 Wednesday December 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Summer: A season of many things Mayor Sam Broughton writes about summer in Selwyn IT’S SUMMER-time, the weather has been beautiful, and most people are looking forward to Christmas. Some of us love Christmas because of our memories of Christmas’ past. Some of us because of the excitement the day brings, and others because we love food (there are plenty of other reasons too). There are a number of things that summer reminds me of from a district council perspective too. FIRE RISK After the wet winter and good growth in spring, there is plenty of very dry fuel in the form of grass. Every summer there are fires that need an emergency reaction and we need to be prepared for fires again this summer. Have you thought about the safe exits from your property with your family if you can’t get down your drive? Our fire crews do an amazing job but they are all volunteers and are looking forward to a Sam Broughton Selwyn Mayor break this summer too. Please be sensible with fire, even with gas barbecues. WATER RESTRICTIONS Our aquifers are currently nice and full after the recharge through winter so why do we have water restrictions? The reason for restrictions is to ensure we keep pressure in our reticulation system and into people’s homes. The peak times for water use are in the mornings and in the evenings. Washing up and cleaning ourselves uses a lot of water. Demand is particularly high through summer when people wash cars, and water lawns and gardens. Hence the water restrictions on the times the district council asks you to water lawns. It’s not that there isn’t enough water. It’s just that it would be very expensive to build the system to deliver enough water at peak usage when we can manage and lower the peak by thinking through the times we turn on the tap. DUSTY ROADS Selwyn has more than 1400km of shingle roads across the district. The dust from these roads can be dangerous while driving and is a huge nuisance to families living on the road. Please think about following distances when travelling on dusty roads and remember that slowing down for people walking on roadsides or outside homes is much safer, creates less dust, and is also courteous. The cost to seal our shingle roads is between $100,000- $200,000 per kilometre, depending on the road. This cost is not currently something the district council is looking to fund. However, roads can be sealed by adjacent landowners. The district council has also approved a dust suppressant that was trialled last summer and proved effective. Both of these options are at the adjacent land owners cost. HEB is our roading contractor and can talk you through the costs of either option should you want to know more. This is my last column for the year, I trust you will have a wonderful time with your family as we close out 2017 and welcome in the new year. The councillors, management and staff at the district council would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy festive season. DO YOUR EARS NEED A CHRISTMAS PRESENT? If you, or any of your loved ones are experiencing difficulties with your hearing, don’t suffer in silence! Chris and Neil, the friendly, professional team at HEAR AGAIN at the Hub, Hornby, are the guys who can get you back to enjoying the conversation. 03 974 1658 Come along for a free no obligation demonstration of the benefits the very latest in hearing aid technology can provide for you. If you have tried hearing aids before with little or no success, you will be amazed at what these tiny wonders can do! FREE INITIAL HEARING TEST FREE HEARING AID DEMO FREE HEARING AID CLEAN FREE EAR BLOCKAGE CHECK 100% NEW ZEALAND OWNED FULLY INDEPENDENT ADVICE Southern Cross EasyClaim Available for Members Clinic: The Hub, Hornby (opposite ) www.hearagain.co.nz info@hearagain.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday December 20 2017 11 News Council hands out uni scholarships SIX YEAR 13 students have received a tertiary scholarship from the district council to help fund their future studies. Lincoln High School students Lucy Turner and Lincoln Roper, Ellesmere College’s Ella McClure and Jack Dudley, and Darfield High’s Abigail Cider and Rachael Phillipson, each received Selwyn District Council tertiary scholarship awards. Lucy said she was overwhelmed to be announced as a recipient for the scholarship. “I was so honoured to be rewarded for my contribution and hard work over my time at Lincoln High School,” she said. Lucy plans to study a Bachelor of Sport at Canterbury University. She looks to one day to be involved in high performance sport, influencing others, as well as becoming a top athlete. Lincoln will study for BIG FUTURE: Lincoln High School scholarship recipients Lucy Turner and Lincoln Roper. ​ a Bachelor of Commerce (global business) at Lincoln University, and hopes to pursue a Master of Business (global management and marketing). He aims to become involved in the banking sector or own his own business. Lincoln was looking forward to university. “The money from this scholarship will be beneficial as I enter my studies next year, although this is only a part of what I have received,” he said. The money from the scholarships will mainly go towards course fees, stationery, hall fees and other necessities for the students. MERRY Come and check out our new cafe at the side door Red Bird Espresso, open from 7am OPEN EVERY DAY EXCEPT CHRISTMAS DAY!! CHRISTMAS FROM THE TEAM AT THE FAMOUS GROUSE Monday All you can eat ribs $26 Tuesday Kids eat for $5 all day & trivia Thursday Steak nights $15 $13.50 for members Saturday Live band Sunday $13 Roast all day Express Lunch Monday – Friday $15 lunch deals!!! 2 Gerald Street, Lincoln Phone: 03 325 2408 www.famousgrousehotel.co.nz