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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2018

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8 Wednesday January 24 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Your Local Views Help reduce plastic pollution Lincoln Envirotown trustee Dr Sue Jarvis writes about the trust’s plan to reduce the amount of plastic Selwyn residents throw away I have just read that New Zealanders throw away 541 million plastic straws a year and straws are the most common items collected during beach clean-ups. And what about all the plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic tooth brushes and all the other throw away plastic items? It seems that sea life is mistaking DANGER: Sea life is killed trying to eat or getting caught in plastic. bits of plastic for food, which then gets into the food chain – even into us. Sea life is also killed trying to eat or getting caught in plastic. There are health effects of compounds such as plasticizers that leach out of plastic containers into our food – some of which are hormone mimics affecting human and animal hormones and may contribute to the reproductive problems in fish (such as producing all females), reduced sperm count in humans and possibly cancers. So I am passionate about reducing the amount of plastics we use and throw away – and Lincoln Envirotown Trust is planning to make this one of the projects for 2018. Of course, Lincoln Envirotown has been working on reducing waste, including plastics, since 2006 when we first started, with one of our first actions being the delivery of reusable shopping bags to all Lincoln residents. Last year we were involved in many Selwyn-wide environmental efforts such as The Responsible Business Awards, battery recycling, the Kim Hill Hot Topic (water), KidsFest holiday programme, cleaning up the Liffey Stream and monitoring its water quality, fruit trees in schools and the huge Bioblitz event. This year – we’ll have most of those plus a new, exciting Matariki event. If anyone else wants to help reduce the plastic pollution, check out LincolnEnvirotown or phone Sue on 329 5858. Everyone is welcome to come to the LET meetings, first Monday of the month 7pm, Lincoln Event Centre. We often have interesting speakers – go along and get involved. A reader has their say on consultation over a new bus service trial between Ellesmere and Christchurch Val McTurk – I live at Leeston and commute to Lincoln most days to take a bus into the city. I would like to see a bus service from Southbridge through Leeston, even if it connected with the Lincoln express bus which leaves Lincoln University at 7.20am each morning. You could return on the express which leaves at approximately 5.20pm each day to Lincoln where a connecting bus through to Leeston/ Southbridge would be available for the workers. Some 20 odd years ago, my late husband drove the bus from Southbridge through to the city via Hornby. He did a number of trips during the day through to Lincoln with the last bus leaving the city at 5.10pm through to Southbridge. It worked well until the service was deleted. Prior to that, a service ran right through to Southbridge from the city. Leeston and Southbridge are growing with triple the Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk number of people now living in Leeston as opposed to back in the early 1990s when we lived out there. There are numerous new sub divisions going up. I am sure a number of retired people would use a bus service from Southbridge/Leeston to go to Lincoln or to Hornby, which is unable to be reached at the moment by the bus services provided. It goes down Springs Rd and diverts at the roundabout to go down Blenheim Rd and misses out Hornby and Church Corner totally which is silly. Most people from the Leeston/Lincoln area like to shop at Hornby or Church Corner. The service would have to be cost effective and convenient for the passenger, otherwise people will not use the service if it is too expensive. KEEP IT SAFE & SECURE Protect your Property from Pests Environment Canterbury is hosting a community meeting to discuss biosecurity pests in West Melton, including: Rabbits Chilean needle grass Nassella tussock Get your perfect backyard shed! THICKER, STRONGER & MORE SECURE BIG RANGE OF GARDEN AND STORAGE SHED SIZES AND STYLES AVAILABLE Come along and find out more about these pests and talk to Biosecurity staff about your responsibilities, the work Environment Canterbury is doing and how to protect your property. All welcome West Melton Community Centre Wednesday 31 January | 7:00 – 9:00 pm CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday January 24 2018 9 News Honey pioneers build in Springfield • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding THE FIRST company in the world to create solid honey will set up a new factory in Springfield. Honey Droplet New Zealand is in the process of establishing a new shed and a honey packaging and distribution business on Annavale Rd. In 1972, the business was approached by the medical industry and asked if it could create a 100 per cent solid honey lozenge which would not melt in warm weather. About 18 months later, the business created the first solid honey product and, by 1975, had patented its technology around the world, including in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Switzerland. The company manufactures millions of honey lozenges annually. Resource consent for the factory was approved in May 2016. Construction may be in four stages. About 30 full-time equivalent staff are expected to be engaged in an activity at any one time at the shed which will be no larger than 2087m 2 when completed. The standard hours of UNIQUE: Established in 1977, Honey Droplet New Zealand Co Ltd created the world’s first solid honey product. ​ operation will be Monday- Friday, 5am-9pm, and in the peak season Monday-Sunday, up to 24 hours a day. Other conditions of the resource consent cover operational noise, vehicle movements, landscaping and light spill/glare. Annavale Rd will be upgraded from Pocock Rd to the second entrance-way of the processing shed. Honey Droplet director Raymond Neil would not comment about the factory to Selwyn Times. But he told the Springfield Township Committee in November a single-storey building is expected to be operational between June- July this year. Mr Neil said it will employ between four to five people and run the business at a minimal noise. Springfield Township Committee chairman Graeme Dawson said it is “pretty exciting” because it is the only company that does this particular operation in the world. Former mayor and Springfield resident Bill Woods said the neighbours are happy as the factory is not going to interfere with the township. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think about Springfield getting a honey factory? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Toilet upgrade for Castle Hill • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding CASTLE HILL is the next on the district council’s list to get new public toilets. Springfield is also in line to get its waste water treatment system upgraded. The district council released an update on toilet provisions across Selwyn covering the current financial year. An upgrade worth $145,000 will be undertaken at the Springfield waste water treatment system while Castle Hill will receive new $166,300 toilets. The upgrades are funded from the district council’s tourism infrastructure fund. About $164,800 has been spent on new toilets at Foster Park, Rolleston, and $144,500 on new toilets at Rolleston Reserve in the current financial year. District council parks and land manager Cameron Warr said it is also looking at options to upgrade the public toilets at the Lincoln Domain. District councillor Grant Miller previously told Selwyn Times a renovation plan is in place for the existing toilets near the corner of Gerald St and Kildare Tce, Lincoln. But Mr Warr said the Lincoln plan is yet to be confirmed. AOTEAROA BIKE CHALLENGE 1-28 FEBRUARY 2018 • Curtains/Voile • Roller Blinds • Venetian Blinds • Roman Blinds • Vertical Blinds • Vision Blinds • Tracks/Rods • Curtain Accessories FrEE pair of tassel tiebacks with any drapes purchased in store (when you mention this ad, limited time only. Conditions apply) A fun workplace competition Everyone can take part Ride anywhere anytime Register at Expandatrack Ltd 288 Main North Road, Redwood, Christchurch Phone (03) 354 5525 Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm & Saturday 10am-4pm