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Selwyn Times: August 15, 2018

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4 Wednesday August 15 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News SELWYN TIMES Hasson tries to stop more money on pool • By Emily O’Connell DISTRICT councillor Debra Hasson’s bid to stop the budget increase for the Selwyn Aquatic Centre extension was not supported last week. The district council has approved a $14.8 million extension of the aquatic centre, an increase of $2.8 million on the original budget. It also approved design concepts for the new $22.2 million Rolleston Library and Community Centre at its meeting on Debra Wednesday. The two projects were proposed in Hasson the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 and aim to cater for Selwyn’s growing population. The district is forecast to grow from about 60,000 people to 80,000 in 10 years. At the meeting, Cr Hasson suggested making an amendment so the budget for the aquatic centre stayed at $12 million, which was approved in the Long Term Plan. “We have other projects in here [Long Term Plan] and if we follow the same course as this one – and we’re talking multi-million COSTLY: The district council has approved an increased budget of $14.8 million for the extension of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in spite of district councillor Debra Hasson’s concerns. dollar projects – we’re going to have a massive blowout and very early on,” she said. However, she did not receive support from her fellow councillors over the aquatic centre budget. District councillor Murray Lemon was not happy with her statements. “Not so many weeks ago you proposed we should be building a 50m pool . . . personally, this is grand-standing,” he said. District councillor John Morten voted against the proposed amendment. “Whilst I don’t think anyone PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN of us are particularly happy about the increase, I think we would be less happy if we ended up building a second rate project,” he said. District councillor Mark Alexander said in long term, people care about the functionality of a facility. “The community will remember the functionality we deliver. If we deliver an incomplete or not optimally functional solutions, that’s what they will remember . . . not that there was an increase in the functionality and in the price,” he said. The aquatic centre extension will include a new 10-lane, 25m main pool, a reconfiguration of the existing pool and a cafe, subject to a business case. Construction on the aquatic centre is set to be completed in mid-2020. Work on the two-storey Rolleston Library and Community Centre, which will Murray Lemon John Morten Mark Alexander be developed in the vicinity of Rolleston Reserve and Tennyson St, is set to start in April, with handover pencilled in for July 2020. LANDSCAPING CANTERBURY FOR OVER 30 YEARS REcEIVE $500 OFF! We design gardens from a DESIGN IT! blank canvas and transform outdoor living areas into attractive, relaxing spaces for the client to enjoy year after year. At Evergreen Landscapes, our BUILD IT! friendly staff are specialists in landscape construction; we have experts in excavation, paving, building, irrigation, planting, and maintenance. Is your section in serious need of landscaping? Evergreen is here to help with some spring promotions to Design, Build and Plant your landscape so you can enjoy it come summer! LANDScAPE DESIGN: If you choose Evergreen’s Landscape Architect to design a concept and planting plan, we’ll give you $500 off! LANDScAPE cONSTRUcTION: Choose Evergreen to landscape your section and we will give $500 off the total quote (contact us for more information on the promotions). WE DO: Decking Paving Driveways Irrigation Fencing Excavation Pizza Ovens Lawns PLANTS: We are having a one-off spring sale day at our nursery on the 22nd of September. Come in and get up to 75% off trees and shrubs. Retaining walls Planter boxes Ponds Our gorgeous range of.. sandwiches, paninis, bagels, scones, slices, muffins, quiches, sausage rolls & pies, coffee and more! CATERING AVAILABLE! Gorgeous Food specialist bakery OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm 66-68 Springs Rd Ph: 344 6044 Email: gorgeousfood@xtra.co.nz Open Monday-Friday 6am-3.30pm www.gorgeousfood.co.nz PLANT IT! At Evergreen we have our own large tree and shrub nursery that can supply all your garden needs. If you prefer, we can do the tasks of planting, composting and mulching with our skilled labour teams. WE HAVE: Tree Nursery Diggers Loaders Tip trucks WE SUPPLY: Design services Trees / shrubs Bark / soil Decorative stone EVERGREEN LANDSCAPES LTD 60 Ivey Road, Templeton, Christchurch Nursery Enquiries Ph 027 312 4406 Ph: 03 349 2929, Mob: 027 559 2929, E: design@egn.co.nz Open: Mon to Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm w w w . e g n . c o . n z Landscaping from Residential, to Lifestyle, to Commercial Sites magazine designer clothing So much to love this season! Sizes 10 - 26 Windmill Centre, 188 Clarence Street Riccarton, Christchurch Phone 021 686 929 www.magazineclothing.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 15 2018 5 News Camping grounds under review Bid to ease pressure on district • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding CHANGES COULD be made to how camping grounds are managed in Selwyn. The district council is reviewing the impact of freedom camping at its reserves and considering what is needed to address ongoing issues ahead of summer. It is expected a report will be completed next month. Selwyn Times previously reported that pressure was being put on the district as a result of the Christchurch City Council changing its Freedom Camping Bylaw to ban campers without toilets from using city councilowned land. District council open spaces and property manager Mark Rykers said it needs a plan to provide and manage camping facilities due to the rapid growth and demand of visitors. The district council is responsible for managing campgrounds like Rakaia Huts, Whitecliffs Domain, Chamberlains Ford, Coes Ford and Lakeside Domain. It employs three reserve officers to monitor them. But Mr Rykers said anti-social behaviour, vandalism and rubbish have not been a major issue at Selwyn campgrounds compared to other areas in the country. However, the Whitecliffs Township Committee requested an area under the bridge at Whitecliffs Domain be reserved for residents in the Long Term Plan. It said the area was being saturated with campers in summer and should be made “pedestrian only” with a small parking area. But committee chairwoman Jodie Thompson said the area did not have to be exclusively for residents. She said the review could address issues at the domain. Last month the district council put three picnic tables in the area and planted thousands of native plants. REVIEW: The Whitecliffs Domain is one of the campgrounds managed by the district council. “I am personally not against freedom camping. I think it is great when you can go somewhere and camp for free,” Mrs Thompson said. But she said other residents think it is unfair because they pay rates towards the campground and are unable to use it. •HAVE YOUR SAY: How do you think camping should be managed across the district? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Third cow hit by car • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding POLICE ARE reminding motorists to keep their speed down at night after a spate of car v cow accidents in Selwyn. A woman was driving home from the Crusaders Super Rugby final against the Lions when her vehicle hit a cow in Rolleston. The collision happened on Lincoln Rolleston Rd, near Branthwaite Drive, at about 11pm on August 4. The vehicle sustained significant damage to the bonnet and roof. The two woman in the car and cow were uninjured. It is the third time a vehicle has hit wandering stock in the past month. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said while it is hopefully just “a bit of a blip,” it is a good reason for people to keep their speed down at night. A 27-year-old suffered serious injures when she collided with a cow in Burnham on July 19. On July 12, former mayor Bill Woods and his two passengers were lucky to escape serious injury after his Mercedes-Benz, travelling at about 100km/h, collided with a cow. Grass fed giving leaner meat, higher in nutrients Prime choice cuts Gluten free options available mobile butcher now in rolleston elite meats christchurch bush inn centre | 364 riccarton road, riccarton Phone 03 348 5043 | like us on Facebook We pride ourselves on service, advice and quality meats The Best Souvenirs • Green Stone Jewellery • Woollen Garments • Food Supplements • Wooden Carvings • Sheep Skin Rugs • Souvenirs • Skin Care 105 Riccarton Road, Christchurch Ph 03 348-6010 | Open 10am - 6pm we are at south point shopping centre, faringdon thursdays 2pm-6.30pm quality exPerience the oF new Zealand’s most award winninG butcher corey winder GOLD CARD LUNCHES MON - FRI Woodfired Pizzas / Full Menu • $20 Pizzas Mon / Tues • $7 Beers 4-6pm Every day • Gaming Room • Tues Quiz Nights • $15 Burgers Wed • $15 Curry Thurs / Fri • Roasts every lunch and Sunday nights $22 • Function room - Fundraisers/private dining • Takeaways Available • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Sat | Ph 03 421 6481 Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road www.twofatpossums.co.nz Courtesy Van available