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Selwyn Times: August 15, 2018

Selwyn Times: August 15,

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018 Locally Owned GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Do it yourself But council vows to fix potholes before Christmas Page 3 Page 5 Camp ground review Freedom campers, other issues on the agenda 0800 726 724 Council drug testing may be in the pipeline • By Emily O’Connell DISTRICT COUNCIL staff could be randomly drug tested in the future. A review into whether random drug testing will happen is expected to be finished in about six months. The district council doesn’t have a random drug testing policy at present. The review comes as a drug testing issue was revealed at the weekend at the Ashburton District Council. Earlier in the year, Ashburton District Council acting chief executive Jane Donaldson declined to take a random drug test due to process not being followed. Ashburton District Council spokeswoman Sarah Mosley said it was addressed at the time by then chief executive Andrew Dalziel. “If someone declines to undergo a drug test, will not or cannot supply a sample, or tampers with a sample, the matter is investigated and the appropriate action is determined,” she said. Selwyn District Council spokesman Chris Hewitt said the review “involves comparing working (industry standard) policies with our workforce, talking to our people and authoring a policy document with staff involvement.” He said all policies are reviewed annually or sooner if legislation changes. Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall said he did not know about the review, but the district council is “always” looking at its staffing policies. PHOTO: KAREN CASEY “I can understand if you have staff operating dangerous machinery, but other than that I don’t particularly myself see the need for it,” he said. The Drug Detection Agency said it was commonplace for councils to test, or request tests of their contractors. It said refusals were uncommon, and usually became a companyspecific disciplinary procedure. Waihora’s big double WAIHORA claimed their first Combined Country and Coleman Shield double in the club’s history after beating Darfield 20-10 in the Ellesmere division one rugby final on Saturday. Waihora produced two second half tries in Darfield to seal the win after they battled into a strong wind in the first half and trailed 3-0 at halftime. Waihora lost only two games all season, including their opening match against Saracens, and have dominated the country rugby scene this year. Coach Joff Mooar said the team achieved all the goals they set for themselves during the pre-season but will be eager to defend both titles again next year. •Waihora‘s dream run, p21