14 Wednesday May 9 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Are ‘townies’ and farmers really so different? Rolleston resident and Lincoln University student Alice Watson talks about the urban-rural divide CHANGES: Rolleston resident Alice Watson questions whether the urban-rural divide exists. JUST WHAT are we going to do about this oft-lamented urbanrural divide? Is it even a thing? With the growing pressure to better the quality of the land and water we share, the questions are endless. Perhaps at its heart, the issue can be attributed to a lack of understanding and respect for people involved in fairly different ways of life. In recent years, increasing awareness of the state of our waterbodies has seen ceaseless pointing of fingers in all directions. Decreasing the environmental impact of farming has become an imperative for both urban and rural peoples and the small proportion still in denial need to wake up to reality smartly. Fortunately, most have accepted the need for change and are working hard to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations. I am yet to encounter the farmer who doesn’t want to swim in clean water and grow healthy, happy stock. Perhaps we need to take time to appreciate the work that is actually being done; a century of pollution by those who knew no better can’t be reversed overnight. In light of this, we are fortunate to have access to so many waterways and biking/ walking tracks in the Selwyn district, many of which allow us to enjoy time moving through farmed land. It is wonderful that most townsfolk feel the need to care for this land just as farmers do; such shared values are what help bond and drive our communities, rural or urban. However, ideas and rules as to how farmland should be managed must be shared and implemented with respect and consideration. We need to connect with, not just communicate to, those for whom farming is a livelihood and they must be able to balance environmental sustainability with the viability of their farm businesses. Likewise, rural people need to learn to understand that our land is precious to urban dwellers also, and to work in with these ‘townies’. Without accepting the need to quit pointing fingers, and by acknowledging our mutual values and combining our efforts, there is hope for the water, land and community goals we all need to strive for. ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS: The district council is set to lease its land at Pines Recovery Park for a tyre pyrolysis plant. Pat Palmer responds to a Selwyn Times’ article on a tyre pyrolysis plant which will be constructed on Burnham School Rd So Selwyn is to have a tyre pyrolosis plant. Have the councillors, especially Malcolm Lyall and Debra Hasson from Prebbleton, forgotten the noxious emissions to air – in plain english, stench – from the Meadow Mushrooms composting plant at Prebbleton? Three quarters of New Zealand’s worn out tyres come from north of the King Country. Let them stay there, and they can have ours as well. Where’s the ‘eco-logic’? Where’s the commonsense? We said: The district council is unlikely to back-track on its decision to chlorinate the Sheffield-Waddington and Malvern Hills Hartleys Rd water supplies You said: Heather Wilkins – Think we all knew that from the start. Why would you put chlorine in our beautiful water and ruin it? Also without thinking of the consequences for some people and, yes, it is a chemical. Council needs to use commonsense and not ‘just maybe we could get sick like a town up north’. Michael Lowe – Why not? Sensible decision.
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 9 2018 15 Backyard Critters Long-legged tales of venomous spider false Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us HARMLESS: Sometimes called daddy long legs, the cellar spider is not venomous. A HARMLESS long-legged spider found in the low-light areas of ceiling corners is the cellar spider (pholcus phalangioides). Sometimes called daddy long legs, this spider has a 4-10mm long, grey-brown, bean-shaped body with very long, skinny legs. They are usually found in webs along with the remains of their prey, which includes flies and moths, tightly coiled in silk. The spider arrived in New Zealand during European colonisation and has spread down the country to about mid- Canterbury – its likely minimum thermal limit. Female cellar spiders sometimes carry an egg sac in their palps to transport or protect them. When threatened, the spiders often gyrate in their webs, possibly in an attempt to confuse their enemies. A common myth is that this spider has the most poisonous venom. The truth is that there is no scientific evidence to support this notion, so rest-assured, they will be safe house guests and may even capture a mosquito or two. Should Selwyn ratepayers help pay for city stadium? View point Barry Clarke HAS SELWYN District Mayor Sam Broughton committed political suicide or simply come up with the logical answer to how the planned covered stadium in Christchurch needs to be funded. I’m referring to the Selwyn District Council’s submission at the city council’s Long Term Plan hearing last week, delivered by Broughton. Selwyn says ratepayers in districts outside of Christchurch should help pay – and why shouldn’t they? The stadium will be a regional facility, one that will be used by people from Selwyn, and the Waimakaririri and Hurunui districts. Sports matches, rock concerts 100% CAPITAL GAIN TO THE RESIDENT and other events attract people not only from the city, but all across the region. In Otago, ratepayers from the various authorities contributed to the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. The population of the Selwyn and Waimak districts is about 123,000, a third of the city’s. And those two districts are among the fastest growing in New Zealand. But Selwyn and Broughton’s broad-minded view has been cautiously received by Waimak and Hurunui. Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley said the stadium would have some benefit to his region. But with a population of 13,000, they were already stretched. FORK OUT: Selwyn ratepayers could be asked to help pay for the construction of Christchurch’s planned sports and events arena. Waimak’s Mayor David Ayers said they had never been consulted about the stadium, and his community would need to have input. $1,000 FULLY REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT He was quoted as saying: “I’m not saying no, but it’s got to be done in the right way and so far it hasn’t been.’’ Broughton may get the same vibe from his ratepayers and constituents. That may come back to bite him at next year’s local body elections. NEW SHOW HOME OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10am to 2pm E S T A T E Phone. 03 421 7796 | Email. firstname.lastname@example.org WOODCROFT WAY, 28 KENDON DRIVE, ROLLESTON, CANTERBURY ROLLESTON’S NEW REGISTERED RETIREMENT VILLAGE • Initial weekly fee of $75 includes rates & full insurance • Own your own village • Two & three bedroom villas with single/double garage from $400,000 • On Site Manager and a Pavilion and Bowling Green • Weekend viewing by appointment • Call Corinne 021 821 683 www.manorgroup.co.nz