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Selwyn Times: August 22, 2018

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4 Wednesday August 22 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES News Group formed to keep watch on Faringdon • By Emily O’Connell TWENTY-FIVE people are patrolling the streets of Rolleston’s Faringdon to ensure it stays safe. Organiser Chris O’Brien said since starting about two months ago, the group has more than 250 members and 25 patrollers. “It was just basically a casual conversation over a beer about three months ago and it’s kind of grown into quite a large initiative,” Mr O’Brien said. He said the aim of the watch is to make sure Faringdon is a safe place to “work, play and live.” “We want to deter criminal activity . . . and we want to make sure our children are safe and protected,” Mr O’Brien said. He hopes it encourages other parts of Rolleston to start-up community neighbourhood watches also. “Then eventually amalgamate together to create a Rolleston patrol group,” Mr O’Brien said. The group has received support from the district council, police, developers and different building companies. Mr O’Brien said the financial assistance it has received has gone towards purchasing magnetic signage for vehicles, radios, high visibility vests with labelling, identification cards, safety beacons, vetting processes and torches. But in the long-term, he said the group will require financial support of residents. •If you are interested in creating a community neighbourhood watch in your area, or live in Faringdon and wish to become a patroller, phone Chris on 0210 293 0190. Rolleston library design revealed PLAN: The design concept for the proposed $22.2 million Rolleston Library and Community Centre has been revealed. Construction of the library and centre is set to begin in April and it is planned to be completed in 2020. Key features of the building will include adaptable and flexible spaces that can be reconfigured for different uses, space for the predicted library collection, meeting rooms, a performance space and a coffee station. ​ Bid to produce better drivers •From page 1 Senior Constable Andy Williamson said he “fully supports” the project and thinks it’s a great idea. “Anything we can do that’s going to get through to people to make them think,” he said. Senior Constable Williamson said cellphones are “a major distraction” and are a “large cause of crashes.” Mr Allison said it’s hard to say whether the signs, which have been provided by Fulton Hogan, will make a difference but they do make people think twice about their actions. “Certainly when we put the stop one up we sat down the road for a short time and saw what happened and people we’re certainly stopping,” he said. When the four-week trial finishes, Mr Allison said there will be a review and it will decide whether to keep the signs in place. “It might become a more permanent fixture, it might stay there all the time,” he said. The signs are also being trialled in Ashburton. Fall in love with your favourite furniture all over again! • Recover your chairs and couches and save money! • Excellent range of fabrics • Quality workmanship guaranteed • Free quotes available • Over 30 years experience Somerfield upholStery ltd Furniture Recovery Specialist before after 10 Calgary Place, Hornby 03 349 0456 or 021 251 6200 NURTURE NEW BEGINNINGS Imagine having the knowledge and skills to nurture and support pregnant women through one of life’s most meaningful events. With a degree in midwifery from Ara, this can be your future. Applications close 1 September. Apply now, start January.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday August 22 2018 5 Plan to protect freshwater lagoon PUBLIC FEEDBACK is being sought on the management of one of the largest freshwater wetland habitats remaining in the low plains of the district. The Tārerekautuku Yarrs Lagoon is located near Lincoln in the Ararira/ LII River subcatchment of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. District council open space and property planner Derek Hayes Derek Hayes said the council and members of the Tārerekautuku Yarrs Lagoon Landcare Group are about to prepare a reserve management plan for the lagoon. “The draft plan will become the guiding document for the future management of the reserve, and will be informed by the views of the community, Te Taumutu Rūnanga and key stakeholders,” he said. “Community input into the process of preparing the draft plan is important. We want to hear views on how the reserve is used, managed and developed.” The lagoon has important hydrological and ecological functions within the catchment. Resene cardholder special! “Although canopy vegetation cover is dominated by exotic willow trees, the reserve supports a range of native species, including populations of locally rare mānuka and baumea, and nationallythreatened swamp nettle. The Style is Forever. Reinvent yours today! We can help. reserve management plan will help ensure that this rare wetland is protected and accessible,” Mr Hayes said. Public feedback closes on September 9. The district council will review the feedback, identify any FREE PIZZA FOR EVERY VISITOR! PLAN: Feedback is being sought on the future management of the Tārerekautuku Yarrs Lagoon. issues and undertake further investigation if required. The draft plan is expected to be completed later this year. The district council will call for submissions on the completed draft plan early next year. Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk WYNDON PILOT AWARDED Wyndon Aviation director Mark Watson received a flight instruction award at the Director of Civil Aviation Awards. The Weedonsbased pilot has more than 20 years of experience as a flight examiner for helicopter and fixed wing aircraft pilot candidates. He has logged about 24,000 hours flight time in his career to date. COMMUNITY FUND OPEN Residents needing financial assistance for an event, community project or activity are eligible to apply for a Selwyn community fund grant. The funding is allocated in two rounds each year. The current funding round closes on October 31, with the decisions announced in November. For more information, go to www.selwyn. BUSINESSES FINALISTS Several Selwyn businesses have been selected as finalists in the Westpac Champion Business Awards. The finalists include Busy Bumbles, Smart Membrane, Mt Hutt Ski Area, SICON Ltd and Lincoln Agritech. The awards recognise the excellence, innovation and success of the businesses and will be announced at a ceremony on September 19. Come in and see us today at your local Resene ColorShop! Addington, Ferrymead, Hornby, Lichfield St, Northwood, Rangiora, Shirley, Tower Junction 0800 737 363 Discounts off the normal retail price from 21 August – 10 September 2018. Valid only with cash/credit card/EFTPOS purchases. Not available in conjunction with account sales, promotional vouchers/coupons or other offers. Excludes trade, ECS and Crown products and PaintWise levy. Offer for Resene ColorShop/DIY cardholders only. Sign up for a free card at your Resene ColorShop or participating reseller. Offer applies to 10 litre Resene premium paints, primers, stains and 60-80ml testpots only. Sizes 6-22. Made in NZ. Exclusive label. SMITH & BOSTON Prebbleton Village | Christchurch Ph: 03 349 5646 IT’S FREE everyone welcome We’re having a party and you’re invited! Tennis clubs from Oxford to Ashburton are opening their doors for a fun, FREE event for all ages. Bring yourself or bring your family to find out all there is to love about tennis! Racquets supplied. BBQ. Prizes. Giveaways. Come play #lovetenniscanterbury *Times may vary by club. Please check website for details. You could WIN A TRIP FOR TWO to the ASB CLASSIC in Auckland this January. Saturday 8 Sept Sunday 9 Sept 1-4pm*