14 Wednesday July 4 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Council website upgraded THE DISTRICT council has launched a new-look upgraded website to make it easier for residents to find information online. The upgraded site includes much-improved search capability, a fresh, clean design and a new layout that helps guide users to the pages they want. The change marks the first time in many years that the website has been refreshed. “Our old website had been in the same format for around 10 years – with just a partial redesign about five years ago,”said business relationship manager Stephen Hill. “Although the site was working okay, users were telling us it was often hard to navigate and to find the services they wanted. “We also knew from research that residents were looking for more functions and information to be available online. Mr Hill says the district council understands that it may take a little time for some users to get used to the new layout and advises residents to get in contact if they are having issues. • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding SELWYN RESIDENTS with a passion for theatre are being called upon to take part in what will be one of the district’s largest musicals. Newly-formed theatre company CentreStage Rolleston is inviting as many people as possible to go and audition for its first production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The show is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is based on the “coat of many colours” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. The company wants to meet as many people as possible and see what talent the area has to offer. CentreStage Rolleston president and director Phil Dean said it wanted its first show to appeal to a wide audience and it was nice to present the show in the community in its 50th anniversary year. Mr Dean said CentreStage Rolleston was set up earlier this year as result of a “big hunger for performing arts” in the township. He recently made a submission at the district council’s Long Term Plan 2018- 2028, calling for a rehearsal spaces and a performance space of holding 500 patrons in Rolleston. A smaller 200-seated theatre available to community groups was also asked for. Mr Dean asked for consideration to be given to including a performing and rehearsal space in the recently approved indoor sports facility to be built at Foster Park. The district council’s property and commercial manager Douglas Marshall said there is no consideration the facility will have a theatre-style performing arts space. He said the new Rolleston Library and Community Centre will include a space for the performing arts, but those spaces will not have any theatre Local News Now Performers wanted for musical Winter SELWYN TIMES ENCOURAGING: The CentreStage Rolleston team. (Back row, from left) – president Phil Dean, designer Glen Clark, secretary Darren Weber. (Front row) – executive committee member Courtney Hyde, treasurer Claire Clark and member Carla Weber. Fire rages, homes at risk seating or a stage. But Mr Marshall said no decision has been made on the current Rolleston Community Centre on 94 Rolleston Drive and an option may exist for a performing arts space. A decision will be made over the next 12-18 months. The show will run at Rolleston School Hall from November 15 to 23. Driving Use your lights
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 4 2018 15 Thank you for helping your Fall Zones community To all of you who have had your trees trimmed before they became a problem, thank you for keeping all the families in your community warm, happy, healthy and connected. You can be proud of the fact that you have allowed your neighbours to stay warm, cook dinner and even charge their mobile phones. You may not have realised that what you’ve done has had much impact, but from all of us here at Orion, we just want to say thank you. Notice and Growth limit zones B A Power line voltage A. Growth limit zone B. Notice zone 66,000 volts 4.0m 5.0m 33,000 volts 2.5m 3.5m 11,000 volts 1.6m 2.6m 400/230 volts 0.5m 1.5m We’re not exaggerating. On our network, 10-20% of all unplanned power outages are caused by trees — including vegetation — coming into contact with power lines. Other than this, fire damage to property from branches sparking in dry conditions and serious injury from electrocution from contact with trees touching power lines are also possible consequences of not maintaining your trees. How close is too close? While most damage is caused by trees falling on power lines, significant risk exists from trees merely touching them. This risk increases the higher the voltage of the power line. The minimum distances that must be maintained between trees and power lines, as defined in the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003, are outlined in the diagrams above. All vegetation should be kept out of the growth limit zone and preferably the notice zone. Sometimes it may not be practical to have a tree trimmed at the rate at which it grows and unfortunately, this means it may need to be removed. Other situations may require trees to be removed, most commonly when they are at a high risk of falling due to disease or adverse weather events. Where do I start? Before you begin, remember to keep yourself, and those around you, safe. We recognise that not everyone is experienced in tree trimming and are happy to advise you on what to do. We can arrange for trees near power lines to be trimmed at your expense, however we recommend you hire professionals to safely carry out the work. If you or someone working for you intends to work within four metres of power lines, a close approach consent is required from Orion before you start. As a tree owner, you may be liable for any damage caused by carrying out trimming or felling of trees. Will I be fined if I don’t comply? If a cut or trim notice is given to you and you fail to have the tree trimmed and/or advise us of the time and location of the trim without a reasonable excuse, this is an offence. This will make you liable for a fine not exceeding $10,000. If the offence continues, you will be liable for a further fine of not more than $500 for every day or part day during which the offence continues. More info can be found on our website and if you have any questions or notice any trees touching power lines in your area, please call us on 03 363 9898 or 0800 363 9898. oriongroup.co.nz Orion New Zealand owns and operates the electricity distribution network in central Canterbury between the Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers and from Canterbury coast to Arthur’s Pass.