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Selwyn Times: April 11, 2018

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2 Wednesday April 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi get in touch from the editor’s desk THERE’S ABOUT to be a crackdown on mobile traders in the form of a bylaw. The traders sell food and other wares and park up on empty sections, and the side of the road. But it appears Joe and Jane Public don’t care. That’s about the only inference I can garner from the underwhelming number of submissions the district council has received on the matter – eight. A bylaw will be discussed on Thursday and it will then go to a full district council meeting in June. But the council’s move for a bylaw to be fair has a lot of merit. The number of mobile traders is increasing and that will continue as the population grows. So it’s time to act. – Barry Clarke GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd PO Box 1467, Christchurch starmedia.kiwi Waihora dominate Southbridge, Prebbleton, Darfield unbeaten Photographer Karen Casey was at Kirwee Domain on Saturday to catch Waihora’s try-fest against Ohoka. Page 16 Lincoln market Crafts and fresh produce Soak up the country life at the friendly, popular Lincoln Farmers and Craft Market on Saturday, 10-1pm, Lincoln Library, cnr of Gerald St and Lyttelton Sts. Page 26 In the garden Planting natives Find out which natives you can grow at home, even if you don’t have a lot of space. SELWYN TIMES NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi Page 29 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 20,015 homes, RDs and farms every Wednesday Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Kirwee, Arthur’s Pass. CREATE THE DREAM F letcher Steels Oldest account in New Zealand since 1947 Manufacturing & servicing dairy and farm yards and structures for over twenty years throughout New Zealand and overseas. Our workshop is complimented by an extensive machine shop and personnel experienced enough to turn around a farmers engineering requirement quickly and efficiently as is most often the case in the farm environment. Design, manufacture & installation of • Dairy sheds • Bird proof barns & sheds • General engineering • Machinery repairs • Variable speed controls for backing & top gates • Horse floats and trailers Take control of the weather! LET US CREATE YOUR PERFECT OUTDOOR SPACE CALL US TODAY FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTE 21 Kingsley Street, Sydenham, Christchurch Phone 03 366 8171 or 0210 574664 Like us on Facebook CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 www.stratco.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday April 11 2018 3 News Working group for Selwyn River • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A WORKING party will be set up to address ongoing frustrations over the state of the Selwyn River/Waikirikiri. Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee member Paul Hodgson, who joined the committee earlier this year in attempt to make a difference to the district’s water quality issues is behind the plan. He made a presentation to the committee last week on why a group needed to be formed and the need to develop a plan to restore the river. “I am a great believer that if you can clearly articulate what the requirements are, when you actually go and talk to people it is amazing the changes in the attitude you can achieve,” Mr Hodgson said. He said there is no plan for improving the river and not enough is being done to get a healthy river. Mr Hodgson said it is most important the plan is consulted with the community. It is estimated the group will provide draft reports by December on requirements for a healthy ecosystem and how to achieve a desired state of the river. Chairman Allen Lim said as far as he is concerned the group has been approved, but it was working on the terms of reference to govern how issues are dealt with. “We are looking forward to having Paul starting, it is a good initiative,” he said. The plan aims to combat community concerns not resolved at a Environment Canterbury water seminar series last year. ECan ran a series of seminars to reduce tensions between residents over how water issues in the Selwyn-Waihora catchment are managed. But Mr Hodgson said he is still concerned about how nitrate issues are being addressed. ECan’s chief scientist Tim Davie said the nitrate concentrations for the upper part of the river at Whitecliffs are currently low – a median of 0.21 mg/l. But at the lower area of the river the nitrate levels are high – a median of 5.5mg/l. Dr Davie said, as described in the seminar series, provisions in the Selwyn Te Waihora subregion plan aim to lower the concentration of nitrate in lowland waterways like the Selwyn River/Waikirikiri. This is by reducing nitrates FLOWING: A working group will be set up to establish a plan for improving the Selwyn River/ Waikirikiri. Nitrate levels at Coes Ford are currently high. Inset: Allen Lim ​ leaching from farms in the catchment. “The overall catchment reduction in nitrate leaching is 14 per cent, with dairy farms required to reduce by 30 per cent by 2022,” he said. Mr Hodgson said Canterbury University is investigating what the river was like in the 1950- 1960s and if it can be restored to that condition. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What needs to be done to improve the state of the Selwyn River/Waikirikiri? Email your views to georgia. oconnor@starmedia.kiwi Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk ROAD POLICE BUSY Police were kept busy over Easter weekend. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said a large number of infringement notices were issued for “fatal five” offences including two drink/ driving apprehensions. The fatal five offences are using a mobile phone while driving, dangerous manoeuvres, not wearing a seat belt, drink driving and speeding. There were no serious crashes on the roads over Easter. CRAIGEBURN STATION FIRE A cottage was damaged at Craigeburn Station after a burn-off of tree stumps got out of control on Friday morning. Springfield, Arthur’s Pass and Sheffield volunteer fire brigades were called out to the incident. Chief fire officer Neville Croy said there were about three small fires that needed to be extinguished. CAR FIRE A car was damaged after it overheated and caught fire on Selwyn Lake Rd. Leeston and Dunsandel volunteer fire brigades were called out to the incident on Friday afternoon. Chief fire officer Lloyd Clausen said he wasn’t certain why it had overheated but the vehicle would be repairable. Earlier on in the afternoon the brigade was called out to a hedge fire as a result of a burn-off on Selwyn Lake Rd. Trusted brand + Experienced hands = Results you can count on! Free appraisals Proven selling methods Living and selling local Residential specialist Mary Westwood 021 557 731 03 347 4711 mary.westwood@harcourts.co.nz fourseasons.harcourts.co.nz CELEBRATING 2 YEARS of our Christchurch branch FREE Quotation FREE Installation FREE Aluminium Track for Christchurch customers Four Seasons Realty 2017 Ltd | Licensed Agent REAA 2008 PROFESSIONAL CUSTOM MADE CURTAINS 25 Picton Avenue Riccarton, Christchurch P 349 4888 E officinevoluptasnz@gmail.com www.officinevoluptas.co.nz GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Shop 5, New World Shopping Centre, Rolleston