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Selwyn Times: May 09, 2018

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10 Wednesday May 9 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News Nightglow funds may go to Hororata centre • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding FUNDS RAISED from Hororata’s successful hot air balloon evening are likely to kick-start the building of a new community centre. It is planned the money raised from The Hororata Night Glow will go towards the start of a large fundraising campaign for the new Hororata Community Centre. The district council is currently proposing to allocate $4.6 million in its Long Term Plan to build a new facility in 2023/24. It is expected $2 million is to be raised by the community, while $700,000 will be put forward from development contributions. Consultation on the LTP closed on Friday. But Hororata Community Trust executive officer Cindy Driscoll said if the community centre project doesn’t go ahead, there are other major projects in the community the funds will go towards. “This money is not going to disappear it will be invested in the community and the community will have a say in what that is,” she said. It is uncertain yet how much was raised from the evening. Balloonists from all over the country descended into Selwyn LIT UP: The Hororata Night Glow has been deemed a success after it was postponed to Sunday night. PHOTO: MURRAY IRWIN for the event on Sunday. During a week of beautiful weather, the balloons delighted communities as they flew en masse. Mrs Driscoll said in spite of the evening having to be postponed by a day due to bad weather, they had a lot of ingenuity and were ready to deal with whatever was thrown at the event. “I am so, so proud of how we did it . . . we greeted everyone with a smile and no one got disheartened when we had to postpone,” she said. Mrs Driscoll said a key challenge was dealing with the wetness of the grounds and she was impressed to see how the Hororata Domain coped with large numbers of traffic. About 10,000 people were treated to the fun-filled festival and performance from 12 balloons. More than 150 people including a balloon crew volunteered for the event. Mrs Driscoll said it was also “special” having the balloonists fly in honour of Anzac Day. While it is planned the event will be held again, it is uncertain when that will be. The next big upcoming event will be the Hororata Highland Games on November 10 at the Hororata Domain. It is one of the largest Scottish Festivals in the Southern Hemisphere. CRAFTY: Toby Driscoll with his grandfather John Driscoll (above) at the Hororata Night Glow.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 9 2018 11 Local News Now Water access concerns for rural fire brigades • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding RURAL FIRE brigades are at odds with Fire and Emergency New Zealand over how they will source their water in the future. The Sheffield, Hororata and Springfield brigades are calling for more communication over what alternative water supplies will be available in the future and how they will be factored into the Central Plains Water Scheme. It comes as more water races are set to close in Malvern, with the district council approving the closure of 10.9km of water races in March. Central Plains is expected to be fully established in the next 12 months. But FENZ has guaranteed alternative water supplies will be made available. FENZ principal rural fire officer Darrin Wood said he CHANGE: Rural fire brigades are concerned how they will be factored into the Central Plains Water Scheme as more water races close. can ensure provisions will be made in Central Plains to put in hydrants. Mr Woods said Central Plains has made its water races available for helicopter dipping operations and fire brigades have belly tanks available. His views were backed by Canterbury area commander Dave Berry who said he was happy with communication from Central Plains and has previously met with the brigades over the issue. But Springfield chief fire officer Grant Williams said there needs to be more reassurance as the brigades have not heard when the hydrants will be established. Sheffield senior firefighter Graeme Piper said there has been difficulty in getting Central Plains representatives and the district council together to discuss the supplies. “We would like more information from them. It is pretty important for us,” he said. Hororata senior station officer Roger Parsons said it was asked to write plans on where it wanted the hydrants located in Central Fire rages, homes at risk Plains but have heard nothing since. He said he has told FENZ “heaps of times” that Hororata’s only two hydrants are 5km away from the township. But Kirwee chief fire officer Stuart Jones said the scheme is still being completed and it is up to FENZ to decide where the hydrants go, not the brigades. A Central Plains spokeswoman told Selwyn Times it is not engaging directly with the regional fire brigades and FENZ will communicate with them once requirements are finalised. She said it is important to keep in mind Central Plains is a private scheme and helping the brigades it is something they are offering to assist with. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you concerned about the Central Plains Water Scheme? Email your views to georgia. oconnor@starmedia.kiwi Event raises $10k for quarry fight • By Emily O’Connell LAUGHTER REALLY was the best medicine last Saturday night as residents raised more than $10,000 for the fight against a proposed quarry near Templeton. The comedic event, which was held in the Rolleston Community Centre, had broadcaster Gary McCormick and Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt entertain to the crowd of more than 250 people for about three hours. There has been widespread opposition to the planned quarry on Dawsons, Curraghs and Jones Rds. Fulton Hogan says the quarry, which would be on a 170ha section of land, will be there for up to 40 years. Residents have voiced concerns about the potential health risks, water issues and devaluing of properties. The money raised from FUNDRAISER: More than $10,000 was raised on Saturday night for the Templeton Residents’ Association’s fight against the proposed quarry in the area. (Right) – Association chairman Garry Kilday (left), Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and event organiser Joanne McMaster. Laughter Is The Best Medicine will go to the Templeton Residents’ Association for ongoing costs including hiring experts. Joanne McMaster, from the Templeton Residents’ Association – No Quarry’s subcommittee, organised the event. She said the night of comedy had the audience “in stitches” from start to finish. “Although this was a great start to the fundraising activities, it’s a far cry from the $250,000- $300,000 we may require to fight Fulton Hogan’s proposed 170ha quarry on our doorstep,” Miss McMaster said. She said it’s a “daunting exercise” going up against Fulton Hogan. “[Fulton Hogan] has every resource at its fingertips and we are working tirelessly to oppose it without any funding while juggling our families and work commitments,” Miss McMaster said. 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