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Hornby mega facility

• By Matt Slaughter

Mike Mora

UNCERTAINTY hovers over the

yet-to-be-built Hornby mega facility

because of the $33.2 million city

council budget blowout.

The city council will reassess its

spending priorities in the wake of

the deficit, caused by the Covid-19

crisis.

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community

Board chairman

Mike Mora

is concerned

about the

impact of the

virus, but believes

delaying

or even scrapping

the mega facility is unlikely.

Mr Mora is hopeful the project

for a library, service centre and

pool facility to be built in Kyle

Park and other projects, including

the extension of Halswell Junction

Rd will go ahead as planned.

These were two projects prioritised

in the board’s submission

to the city council’s draft Annual

Plan in March.

The city council needs to reevaluate

the priorities outlined by community

boards to account for its

forecasted $33.2 million deficit due

to Covid-19. • Turn to page 2

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• From page 1

The city council now faces

a race against time to have

the new draft plan ready for

public feedback from June

12 to June 29.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel and

councillors will then have

to sign off on the plan by

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Mr Mora said the potential

for the mega facility

project to canned or delayed

is a concern but he thinks it

is unlikely this will happen.

“I am concerned but I’m

reasonably confident that the

city council will see the need.

“The council will be looking

at the budget very very

closely and it is going to be

a difficult time.

“I’m hopeful that it will

go ahead, I’m reasonably

confident at this stage that

the work is happening.

The architect’s been appointed

and all of those

things are happening, so

I’m quite confident that

it will [go ahead]. The

money’s in the budget for

it, I know it’s quite a lot

but it’s desperately needed,”

SAFETY: The extension of Halswell Junction Rd is another one of the Halswell-

Hornby-Riccarton Community Board’s priorities chairman Mike Mora wants to

go ahead.

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he said.

The Hornby mega facility

has been a long time coming

after the need for a

pool in the south-west of

the city was first identified

in the 2006 Aquatics Facility

Plan. The need for a larger

service centre and library

was established through

the South West Area Plan

prior to the February 2011

earthquake.

Said Mr Mora: “As far

as the well-being of the community,

it [the mega

facility project] is something

that the community would

be feeling very disappointed

about if it was to be lost.”

Meanwhile, Mr Mora is

also hopeful the extension of

Halswell Junction Rd will not

be scrapped or delayed when

the city council decides on

the board’s revised submissions

to the Annual Plan.

The plan is to extend

Halswell Junction Rd north

of the Foremans Rd intersection

to make turning

easier for heavy vehicles

and other traffic.

“We are a bit concerned

about the Halswell Junction

Rd extension.

“We just don’t want that

to go on hold, really.

It’s an important transport

link, so that’s something

that we’ll be very very

disappointed if it was to

drop off.”

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June 2 to discuss if and

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A REST HOME that was at the

centre of a Covid-19 cluster had

something to celebrate last week.

George Manning Lifecare &

Village resident Rima Arney

turned 102 on Friday.

Mrs Arney stayed healthy

in spite of there bring a cluster

of 19 confirmed and probable

Covid-19 cases at the rest. Those

within this cluster have now

recovered.

Her daughter Angela Woolsten

Croft praised the job nurses and

staff there did and said she knew

Mrs Arney was in safe hands.

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“My mum is 102 and she

can survive Covid,” said Mrs

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Firefighters turned up to the

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to celebrate and Mrs Arney

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During October’s local body

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repairs to the eastern part of the

city’s footpaths, pipes and roads

as one of her main priorities for

this term.

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• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

THE earthquake-damaged

former Sockburn Service Centre

could finally be demolished in

July – if the funding needed is

obtained.

port Agency

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announced more

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

time was needed

to complete the

Community

$290m motorwayten

in its draft

Board has writ-

The original

submission to

scope of the

the city council’s

Readers respond

Chance to

would essentially be an alliance

Helpless to

Victorious

Delay in

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to supermarket

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stop property

captain the whole area bit by bit and

a third southbound lane on

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systematically get the work

the Waimakariri River bridge and

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buildings can be removed as soon

campaign.

St Albans resident Mark Wilson

as possible.

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PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Page 11 said the final submission is yet to

GIRL BOSS: Julia Holmes wants to be a geneticist after high school, and feels the GirlBoss Advantage programme will help Board chairman Mike Mora

Baxendale said any request to

her achieve her dreams.

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pursue a specific project in the

“The community will be somewhat

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demolition of the site would be

upon by council.

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in how things worked, often country to participate in the

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South New Brighton School pupil Jacob McMillan enjoying the foam pit at Christchurch School of

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CALLS HAVE been made to

stop rates increases in response

to the Covid-19 crisis.

City counci lors James Gough,

Sam MacDonald, Catherine

Chu, Phil Mauger, Aaron Keown

and James Daniels have sent a

le ter to Mayor Lianne Dalziel

asking her to lead a conversation

as to how a zero per cent rates

increase could be achieved this

The city council is proposing

an average rates increase of 4.65

per cent acro s all ratepayers in

this year’s Draft Annual Plan

which is cu rently under public

consultation until April 5 and

wi l be finalised before July 1.

The 2018-2028 Long Term

Plan also predicts a 50 per cent

rates increase over 10 years.

Said Cr MacDonald: “In

the cu rent environment it’s

clear busine s as usual is not

appropriate and the council

needs to look at how we enable

this 12-month rates increase

freeze to occur, it’s crucial for

the economic confidence of our

city.”

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from decisions we make. best prepared for the economic

“The Annual Plan is not challenges that lie ahead.” she said.

signed off for three months so City council chief executive

we have time to get this advice. Dawn Baxendale did not rule a

A the same time, the council zero rates rise out.

is meeting with our economic “We’re considering a series of

development agency, Christch-

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circumstances related to the economy in response to the

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In 2010 she was presented

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“She has experienced the tail

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and follows the fortunes and

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• By Jacob Page

JAMES LISSAMAN has carved

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of all trades for Canterbury

Basketball.

The 41-year-old Burwood

resident is the organisation’s

community basketball manager,

but his reach can be felt throughout

all levels of the game in the

region.

Basketball’s popularity has

surged in recent years with 177

weekend teams playing in Canterbury

each weekend last year

compared to just 81 in 2013.

The 2020 season will hopefully

get underway next month at the

earliest if coronavirus restrictions

ease.

“My role is varied,” he said.

“I commentate on games, writing,

website development, photography

and co-ordinating the

Lincoln University scholarship as

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“I try to be that contact point

for people and volunteers in our

community.”

In 2006, Lissaman and his

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college and then came back.

Lissaman had a taste of the

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“Late in 2009 to 2012, I worked

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wasn’t paid particularly well so

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purely for financial reasons.

“I came to the realisation that I

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child.”

Fortunately, a new role lured

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“I did that for a year and then

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That was the first time

they’d had that role in a number

of years, so I applied, got that,

and did it for three years.

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“It’s not a nine-to-five role. A

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He said variety was stimulating.

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He said the numbers boom in

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