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Nor'West News: February 20, 2018

Nor'West News: February 20,

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018 Locally Owned A Star Media Event Star Media Young leaders Selwyn House School pupils develop their skills School cycle plan Virtual bid to get kids back on bikes Sunday 18 March 2018 TRAINING: City councillor Mike Davidson shed almost 20kg from his weight below, during training for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. PHOTO: AARON CAMPBELL Shedding 20kg for Coast to Coast • By Julia Evans MIKE DAVIDSON lost almost 20kg as he ran, cycled and kayaked more than 2500km in preparation for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. It was the first time the city councillor for the Papanui Ward has competed in such a gruelling event, though Page 6 Page 7 he said the Coast to Coast had always been on his “radar.” But he already has plans to shed more than an hour off his 16hr 41min time. “It’s always something I’ve wanted to tick off. As soon as I decided to do it, I had to change the way I ate, start exercising more,” he said. That was about three months ago, which Cr Davidson said didn’t give him long to train. “When daylight saving started, that’s when I started. It was hard to balance work and family life, so the Christmas period was good, that’s when I could really concentrate on training.” •Turn to page 4 Public urged to fight proposed bus cuts • By Julia Evans BUS USERS in Papanui are being urged to fight a proposed cut to two local routes. More than 110,000 patrons will be affected by Environment Canterbury’s draft Long Term Plan proposal to cut six of the city’s lowest performing bus routes including two from Papanui – the 107 Styx Mill to Northlands and the 108 Casebrook to Northlands. But city councillor Mike Davidson is calling on people to submit on the plan, which opens for feedback on Monday, in a bid to keep the bus routes. “I urge people to submit on ECan’s draft Long Term Plan and ask that they retain these bus routes,” he said. ECan’s senior manager public transport Stewart Gibbon said there are no services that cover the same routes, which carried a combined total of 110,664 in the last financial year. “At this stage, there are no alternative services proposed,” Mr Gibbon said. Cr Davidson said: “It’s not good enough,” that ECan hasn’t given residents any alternatives. “It’s disappointing to see it’s the only option being put forward,” he said. •Turn to page 4 From new builds to small home alterations, we specialise in turning your dream home ideas into reality. Call the name you can trust! $20 EAR WAX REMOVAL FREE by MICROSUCTION Hearing Test * 377 0034 ouse of earing