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Selwyn Times: May 16, 2018

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2 Wednesday May 16 2018 Latest Christchurch news at from the reporter’s desk Combining two different speed bylaws to prevent confusing the public does seem logical (see page 1). This is what the district council has decided to do after receiving a report seeking approval to review to the draft Speed Limits Bylaw 2018 at its meeting on Wednesday. As you’ll read on page 3, the district council is putting the Draft Gambling Venue Policy out for public consultation this month. District councillor Craig Watson was concerned the proposed gaming machine cap of 120 was arbitrary. However, he agrees with the 74 per cent of people surveyed who thought the cap shouldn’t be based off population growth. It will be interesting to see the results of public consultation. – Emily O’Connell Internet woes Fibre dead spot frustrates residents Patches of a Prebbleton subdivision miss out on high speed broadband. Page 4 Scholarships for brothers Talented swimmers get boost Celyn and Ieuan Edwards will both receive up to $5000 to help them reach their full potential in the pool. SELWYN TIMES get in touch GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd PO Box 1467, Christchurch NEWS Emily O’Connell Ph: 364 7497 emily.oconnell@ Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@ ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 Page 20 Community event Get crafting Go along to the Darfield Library for craft-making, a chat and to learn new skills on Tuesday, 2pm-3pm. Page 28 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. Canterbury Polythene Pipe and Irrigation All you need for water supply and irrigation Supplying Retail, Wholesale Customers, Installers, Landscapers and DIY ALL AT FACTORY PRICES CANTERBURY POLYTHENE PIPE LTD Unit 15/35 Illinois Drive, Izone, Rolleston Phone 03 260 0795 • 027 222 6680 | USE YOUR LOCAL ROLLESTON LAW Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace Bowranda PATIO ROOF W: T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 Richard Gray E: Anita Molloy-Roberts E: Kate Warren E: For a free Measure & Quote PH 0800 26 26 20 ⚫ Achieve your outdoor vision ⚫ A permanent, sheltered outdoor space ⚫ Eliminates 99% of harmful UV light – maintains ambient light ⚫ Options to customise and enclose with outdoor blinds ⚫ Immediately increase the value of your home ⚫ Frame constructed of powder-coated aluminium & stainless steel ⚫ Square profile exhibits aesthetic conformity with NZ residential architecture ⚫ Manufactured to clients custom specifications & dimensions

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday May 16 2018 3 News Gaming machine increase likely • By Emily O’Connell A PROPOSED draft policy could see an increase in gaming machines across the district. At its meeting last week, the district council received the Draft Gambling Venue Policy and decided to put it out for public consultation later in the month. The draft policy included an increase in the current machine cap of 107 to 120. “The existing policy Craig Watson with a cap of 107 machines was put in place when the population of the district was approximately 49,500 in March 2015,” it read. However, the report said the cap has been breached with the approved number of machines currently sitting at 114. A survey of residents, undertaken in November, indicated 58 per cent of the 236 people surveyed say that gambling harms the community or is a serious problem. In 2014, it was 41 per cent. The survey also showed 74 per cent of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed that the number of gambling machines in the district should increase proportionally with population growth. District councillor Craig Watson thought the cap of 120 poker machines was “arbitrary” but agreed basing the cap off population growth made it “too high.” He’s urging residents to make submissions so the district council can understand what the community think is the “right balance” between potential harm and good. “I think it’ll be an interesting one, and I hope there will be lots of submissions because it’s a really important piece of our social framework, how we deal with pokies,” Cr Watson said. The proposed draft policy includes a limit of five machines for new venues and a maximum of five machines for venues which are operating less than five machines. The report says information from Department of Internal Affairs and the Problem Gambling Foundation shows that in general Selwyn communities lose about $3.5 million each year on poker machine gambling. Written submissions on the draft policy can be made from May 28 to June 29. A hearing panel, consisting of district councillors Bob Mugford and Debra Hasson and Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall, will review the submissions and make a recommendation to the district council. HORNCASTLE ARENA June 29 - July 1 10AM - 5PM TICKETS ONLINE: REVIEW: The Selwyn District Council wants public feedback on its proposal to increase the district’s gaming machine cap from 107 to 120. In Brief TWO PEOPLE FOUND A hunter in his 40s was found on Saturday afternoon after rolling his ankle and activating a personal locator beacon. The man, who was overdue from a morning hunting trip near Benmore Hut, was picked up by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. A woman, 40, was also found after setting off for a training run from Porters Pass. The woman’s husband informed police on Saturday evening that she hadn’t returned. Oxford Land Search and Rescue volunteers were put into the area and were able to find a light source. The woman was picked up by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at 1.30am on Sunday as volunteers could not reach her. FARM BUILDING FIRE Firefighters were called to contain a fire in Motukarara at 5.30pm on Wednesday. Lincoln chief fire officer Jeremy Greenwood said it’s still unknown how an old farm building caught fire but it’s “not deemed to be suspicous.” He said units from Lincoln, Rolleston and Governors Bay attended the “well involved fire.” It took firefighters two and a half hours to contain the blaze. No-one was injured. 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 Free Quotation Free Installation Free Aluminium Track for Christchurch customers CURTAINS | BLINDS | SHUTTERS | SHADES Four Seasons Realty 2017 Ltd | Licensed Agent REAA 2008 ProFessional Custom made Curtains 25 Picton Avenue Riccarton, Christchurch P 349 4888 E SEE YOUR LOCAL AUDIOLOGIST – BRENNA for a more personalized hearing aid experience! There’s no excuse to wait… • Open 5 days a week in Rolleston • Late night clinic for those who are working (these fill up fast, so be quick!!!) • Match or beat any competitor’s price • FREE appointments if you have ACC funded hearing aids • Hearing aids in all price brackets – including fully funded ACC options! If you have hearing aids or need hearing aids and want a high level of personal service at a competitive price, get in touch. It’s easy to switch to our clinic even if you already have hearing aids from elsewhere! 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston Call 03 390 2332 | Clinics in Lincoln | Leeston | Darfield Shop 5, New World, Shopping Centre, Rolleston | Ph 03 260 0950