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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday March 21 2018 11 Your Local Views Time for council to collect biodegradable rubbish bags We said: Highly respected teacher Ann Judson of Lincoln has farewelled a life of ballet after teaching for 44 years. You said: Leeston resident Caitlin Miles shares her views on being more environmentally sustainable BEING environmentallyfriendly is coming into vogue, and it’s about time. Our world is not in the best state and it’s getting harder to escape the images of the marine life that is being harmed by the amount of plastic in the oceans. It’s great to see businesses and companies getting on-board by being environmentallyfriendly, using biodegradable products, they are no longer a luxury. The supermarket is a good place to start doing something for the environment, such as buying biodegradable rubbish bags. Safe to say, I got a little too excited when I saw these bin bags in the supermarket. I thought I would finally stop feeling bad about putting all of my rubbish destined for the landfill inside a suffocating and damaging plastic bag. However, I was surprised when I found out that I couldn’t put these biodegradable bags curbside, as they are not district council approved. So what I would like to see is all councils start collecting biodegradable rubbish bags. It’s great to see companies taking it upon themselves to provide an eco-friendly option but I think it would go a long way if our councils made these changes to help protect our amazing environment. Is this an option the district council would consider? I know I could get a wheelie bin but it’s too expensive so I’m reduced to bin bags. Jacqui Freeman – Congratulations on your retirement Ann Judson. You are a very inspiring woman well respected by many families. Enjoy the time with your family. Love from the Clarke family. ManaMelanie Smith – Ann taught me in the 1980s. She was brilliant. I wish her all the best. Sue Heggie – Ann taught Sam at Duvauchelle when he was a little boy. A wonderful teacher. Thank you Ann. Mandy Watchorn – Wonderful teacher all my love. John Summers writes about transparency at the district council and the Bellfield subdivision in Southbridge When are the mayor and elected councillors going to tell the chief executive officer David Ward that he is in charge of a district council not a secret society? My simple request for information about a subdivision directly across the road from me was comprehensively ignored until I enlisted the help of my local councillor. I thank him for his intervention but why was it necessary? We ratepayers keep the whole caboodle on the road as I was painfully reminded as I wrote out a rates cheque for over $500 last week. The least we should expect is straight transparent and preferably prompt responses to a simple request for information. As well as the all important principles enshrined in our democratic system that distinguish it from other systems ie: free access to information, you’d think, in terms of simple efficiency, ratepayers would not be put through hoops. Further, the district council’s own website quoting from the Local Government Act 2002 cites: “ Open, transparent, accountable conduct.” Mayor and councillors please transform this into more than a mere aspiration. •The district council declined to respond to the letter. Clearview Fete aiming to break 2016 record Clearview Fête Sunday 25 March • 10am - 3pm 20 Broadlands Drive, Rolleston • Family Fun • Food & beverages • Clothing • Jewellery & aCCessories • CoFFee • arts & CraFts • raFFles • babies & Children goodies • Plants & outdoor aCCessories • kids aCtivities • books • Pony rides • bounCy Castles • health & beauty • homewares • entertainment • Free treasure hunt • and lots more! no dogs allowed in the school grounds Entry is $5 cash per person Under 12’s are FREE (when accompanied by an adult) Over 10,000 people poured into the Clearview School grounds for the inaugural Clearview Fete in 2016 and principal Rob Rush hopes this year’s event will attract even more visitors. “The community really embraced our first fete and helped us raise a significant amount of money for the senior playground,” Mr Rush says. On Sunday, March 25, the fete will be raising funds to refurbish the school library, but Mr Rush says that the biggest priority is to deliver a memorable community event where everyone can find something to enjoy. “We will have over 100 stalls, to shop or to eat, as well as bouncy castles, a treasure hunt and other entertainment, so I am pretty sure we have something for everyone,” he says. The Clearview Fete will feature stalls with arts and crafts, books, plants, clothing, jewellery, homeware, health and beauty products, as well as a huge variety of food vendors. Mayor Sam Broughton will open the event at 10.15am and the stalls will remain open until 3pm, so there is plenty of time to drop in. www.clearviewfete.nz “Even though 2016 was only our first attempt, we were pleasantly surprised how successful it was,” Mr Rush says, “so this time we know what to expect and I think we can offer the community an even better experience.” Mr Rush says that previous success has instantly marked the Clearview Fete as a major event on Selwyn’s social calendar. “It will be hard to beat our first fete, but if the weather plays its part, we are sure it will be another great day.” Mr Rush thanked the dedicated group of volunteer parents who had put in hundreds of hours to organise the fete and added that the event would not have been possible without the support of New World Rolleston. The Clearview Fete is at 20 Broadlands Drive in Rolleston on March 25, and entry is $5 for people over 12 years. Thank you to all our wonderful supporters!