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Selwyn Times: September 12, 2018

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2 Wednesday September 12 2018 Latest Christchurch news at get in touch from the editor’s desk THE FIGHT to stop the planned quarry near Weedons goes up a level this week. Opponents have gathered just over 4000 signatures on a petition and will send it to Environment Canterbury, Ministry for the Environment and the Selwyn District Council. The key people fighting the quarry are to be applauded. This will be no easy scrap. Fulton Hogan, which is looking to build the quarry, are a big outfit with lots of money and the expertise to dig in for a war of attrition. It will be draining on those fighting Fulton Hogan and they will need determination and stamina to stay in the battle. Templeton Residents’ Association chairman Garry Kilday will need to be one physically and mentally fit individual. - Barry Clarke GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 Star Media, a division of Allied Press Ltd PO box 1467, Christchurch NEWS Emily O’Connell Ph: 364 7497 emily.oconnell@ Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@ ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 news Tai Tapu couple fighting fit Sam and Tegan Clark are both eyeing up national titles at the amateur boxing championships. Page 10 our people 42 years with St John Robyn Searle talks to Emily O’Connell about the highs and lows of responding to emergencies. Pages 14 & 15 community events Fun with Lego Head along to the monthly Lego Club meeting at Leeston Library from 3.30pm on Monday. Page 32 SELWYN TIMES The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 20,015 homes, RDs and farms every Wednesday Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Kirwee, Arthur’s Pass. There’s much more to come Discover a true, carefree lifestyle at Lady Wigram Retirement Village Independent Living at its best. Lady Wigram Retirement Village facilities are second to none. Whether you’re looking for a serviced apartment or a single story villa mixed with luxury resort style facilities, you have an abundance of choice at Lady Wigram Retirement Village. Sarah Jacobson - Village Manager 210 Kittyhawk Ave, Wigram Phone 03 341 0543 Mobile 027 3411 464 Spring release in Rolleston Strong demand over winter has meant we can add 40 new sections in time for spring. Drop in to our sales and information office, 17 Branthwaite Drive, Thursdays, Fridays or Sundays from 1pm to 3pm to find out more. Contact us on 03 741 1340 or mail

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday September 12 2018 3 News INTERNATIONAL Comedy Night Lincoln Event Centre SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER Changes likely in recreational reserve charges • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A DISTRICT-WIDE charge could be brought in for all sports clubs using recreational reserves. The district council is considering bringing in a consistent charge to help address ongoing issues for sports clubs struggling to pay their leases. District John Morten council open spaces and property manager Mark Rykers said it wants to charge the same for all recreation reserve users because the current situation is very “complicated” and “confusing.” “In some cases no fees are charged and in others a fee is levied for the same level of service. “The movement to districtwide rate provides an opportunity to review this situation and see how a more consistent approach could be achieved that is fair,” he said. It comes as the Darfield Tennis Club is facing challenges over covering high costs to use the Darfield Domain, a Malvern Community Board report said. At issue, is the cost of the lease rental, rates and outgoings that the tennis club is required to meet impacting what club members pay in subscriptions. “The cost for the tennis club to use the Darfield Domain is $500 plus GST per annum while the for the 2018/19 year is $870.20 and see how a more consistent approach could be achieved that is fair,” he said. The consistent rate for sports users will be reviewed by a district council working party, which will begin later this year. What the rate will be is yet to be determined, Mr Rykers said. He said because this is a complex matter, no specific time line has been implemented for the review. It is being looked at after a Selwyn ­wide rate for community centres, halls and reserves was approved in the Long Term Plan 20182028. The district council is responsible for 25 recreation reserves which have uses where charges may apply. District councillor John Morten said the tennis club is highlighting how difficult it is TOUGH GOING:: Small clubs like the Darfield Tennis Club struggling to pay their leases, may get a helping hand through a district-wide charge for sport users at recreation reserves. ​ for small clubs with a limited membership to cover the operational costs. “They are finding it very challenging for a small club, there are numerous clubs that could argue the same,” he said. Cr Morten said whatever is decided, it needs to be consistent for all sport users of recreation reserves. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think a district -wide rate for all sports clubs using recreational reserves in Selwyn is a good idea? Email your views to georgia. 3WEEKS TO GO! In Brief CAR V POLE An aluminium power pole fell onto Main South Rd, in Rolleston, last week after a car crashed into it. The incident was attended by the Rolleston Volunteer Fire Brigade, police and ambulance. Senior firefighter Martin Tier said there were no injuries and the car wasn’t badly damaged. BRIGADE ATTENDS FORD FIRE The Leeston Volunteer Fire Brigade was called out to extinguish a bonfire at Chamberlains Ford on Saturday. Leeston chief fire officer Lloyd Clausen said the district council has a fire ban in place and only gas cookers are allowed at the site. The brigade was called to the river at about 7.30pm. Mr Clausen said the fire was selfcontained. CELEBRATION FUNDING The Springs and Ellesmere Discretionary Funds Committee will consider granting $500 from the Springs Ward Discretionary Fund to Springston School to assist with the school’s 150th celebration costs at its meeting today. The school’s 150th jubilee, which will be held from October 19 to 21, is estimated to cost $11,700. HON AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN Working hard for our communities If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit: CONTACT P 03 344 0418 E COME ON IN TO FIND YOUR REASON TO STAY At the heart of Lincoln Funded by the Parliamentary Service and authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch. OPEN 7 DAYS • 03 325 2408 FREE 2018 CultureFest Celebrating Selwyn’s diversity SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 11AM–4PM LINCOLN DOMAIN FOLLOW CULTUREFEST 2018 ON FACEBOOK CULTUREFEST 2018