4 Wednesday August 1 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Keep quarries away from residents District councillor Jeff Bland writes about his opinion on quarrying RECENTLY I received an email, which read “as our elected representative what is your personal view about the quarry that Fulton Hogan wish to establish at the corner of Dawsons and Curraghs Rds, near Templeton?” Before I share with you my reply I will tell you a little bit about me. A fair while ago I worked for a large organisation that owned and operated a number of quarries. The stone from these quarries was used in river work and stop bank protection. I was young and working in this environment was exciting. Quarries were noisy, dusty and dangerous. I loved handling the explosives, operating the drilling rigs and jackhammers. It was hard dirty work but well paid and rewarding. The biggest quarry we worked was a huge towering cliff, not benched, nearly 125m in height. It was in a rural farmland environment. OPINION: District councillor Jeff Bland writes about why he believes quarries “must be” located well away from existing houses. Unfortunately, there was one house located about 200m from the quarry entrance. The owner of this house we will call Mr Smith. It would be fair to say that Mr Smith hated us quarry workers for very good reason. His home was constantly exposed to the stone dust drifting out of the quarry. He was tortured by the incessant hammering of the drilling rig and the jack hammers. The noise of trucks grinding their way out to the weighbridge, then to the quarry entrance directly opposite his front gate was relentless. His children trudging home from school had to walk through the often wet grass, the roads were busy, the trucks large and often overloaded. If this wasn’t bad enough, after one quarry blast, a piece of granite the size of a football crashed through the roof of his house. Mr Smith often used to stand opposite the quarry shaking his fist and cursing us. The boss said to ignore him as he was just a bit nuts. Back then if you stood in the way of progress you were belittled. Mr Smith was just one voice and the quarry owners were many. The quarry has been closed for many years now. Mr Smith’s house may still have the mismatched sheet of corrugated iron on the roof. The rivers are confined by the stop banks, the farmers have prospered and everyone has forgotten what happened. But I haven’t. I see the similarities to the Templeton situation. Small man versus large company shareholders wanting to maximise its profit. The noise, the dust, the trucks grinding their way from the quarry floor onto roads not designed for their size or weight, kids walking in the grass. The company employees are just doing their job. I accept that we need gravel for roads. It is progress, but progress comes at a cost not usually borne by company shareholders. Now getting back to my reply. I am of the opinion that quarries must be located well away from existing houses. In this case, there will no doubt be arguments put forward by those promoting the quarry and those opposing it. I suspect that this will end up going through a hearing process and a commissioner will be appointed to listen to both arguments. It will be in this forum that the matter will be decided. However, don’t underestimate the power of public opinion. Those that are worried about the location of this quarry should voice their concern, stand united. Public opinion may well influence the outcome. Don’t be like Mr Smith, shaking your fist and cursing the workers once the quarry is operating will be pointless. •This is my opinion only and should not be construed as an opinion of the district council •Readers’ letters page 12 Selwyn teen makes Women of Influence final SELWYN YOUTH Council chairwoman and Rolleston resident Paige Sullivan (right), 18, is a finalist in this year’s Women of Influence awards. The Lincoln High School student is one of 83 women to be named as a finalist in the awards from around the country. Recognised as a young leader, Paige says the nomination is exciting. “I never expected it would happen and it’s crazy to see my name among people like Sophie Pascoe,” she said. Paige will be travelling up to Auckland next month for the awards dinner at SKYCITY Hotel.
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 1 2018 5 News In Brief Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk SPRINGFIELD BINS Additional rubbish bins will be added in Springfield to address ongoing issues of bins filling up too quickly. Malvern Community Board deputy chairman Kerry Pauling said it is finding campervan occupants are unloading their rubbish into the public bins, which is filling them up quickly. A board report said it is better for the rubbish to be dumped in the bin than on the side of the road. Bins between the size of a 44 gallon drum and a small skip are planned to be placed outside the Springfield public toilets. Mr Pauling said it is also planned for bins to be emptied once more a month. The bins are currently emptied weekly. SLEEP OUT FIRE A sleep-out used for storage has burnt to the ground after a fire in Hororata on Sunday night. Hororata, Coalgate, Methven and Kirwee volunteer fire brigades were called to the incident at about 10.30pm on Leaches Rd. Hororata senior station officer Roger Parsons said the sleep-out was “well ablaze” by the time services got there. A fire investigator is determining the cause. CAR CRASH NEAR LAKE A man sustained minor injuries after his car slid on State Highway 73 near Lake Pearson on Saturday at about 9am. Springfield, Sheffield and Arthur’s Pass volunteer brigades were alerted to the incident. FLAIR FOR FASHION: Kim and Paul Strange are looking forward to seeing their design on stage at the World of Wearable Art awards. Designers on world stage • By Emily O’Connell DOYLESTON designer Loretta Sloan and Prebbleton couple Kim and Paul Strange are finalists in the World of Wearable Art awards. About 60,000 people are expected to attend WOW’s 30th season in Wellington from September 27 to October 14. Mrs Strange, who is the driving force behind Art Couture NZ’s wearable arts competition, said their design was based on the sense of sight and incorporates recyclable materials. She said her husband, who works in information technology, brought a practical aspect to their team, while she’s the creative influence. “It’s been really good and it’s actually been really cool doing it together,” Mrs Strange said. She said it took them about six months to put the design together, working in their spare time. They were looking forward to travelling up to Wellington to see their design on the stage. “We’ve already talked about more that we will do together,” Mrs Strange said. Mrs Sloan is also happy to have her work displayed on a world stage. She has been entering the competition since 2010 and says this year’s piece came from the heart and was a “tribute to a family member.” Mrs Sloan said the design took a couple of months to put together, including testing and samples. “The last month was manic, DESIGN: Loretta Sloan is a finalist in the World of Wearable Art awards. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER and two weeks prior to getting away, I was working around the clock to get it completed,” she said. Finalists have been selected from 17 countries, an increase from 13 last year. New Zealand is the most represented country with 65 finalist designers. Twenty-four finalists will come from China and 15 from the United States. Other countries represented will include Poland, Greece, South Korea, Mexico and Russia. The awards evening will be held on September 28. DEVELOPMENT: A resource consent application has been received for a Fresh Choice supermarket and retail facility in Prebbleton. Retail boom looms •From page 1 Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall, who lives in Prebbleton and is the district council’s representative on the community association committee, said the plan was “fantastic.” “It’s the sort of services our community have been needing for a long time,” he said. Mr Lyall said some Prebbleton residents might be a “little negative” about it but on the whole, people will be supportive. In February, resource consent was granted for a major redevelopment of the Prebbleton Tavern site on the corner of Tosswill and Springs Rds. Plans include retail, health, a cinema, a 30-unit motel, two residential units, along with tavern renovations and associated parking and landscaping. Prebbleton Hotel Ltd spokesman Shannon Gilmore, who manages the tavern, said the development would start as “soon as possible” but wouldn’t comment further. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think the developments will be good for the township? 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