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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, AUGUST 15, 2012
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Cow butts man
A 26-year-old dairy worker was flown by Westpac
Rescue Helicopter to Christchurch Hospital on
August 4 with concussion after he was struck by
the head of a cow he was tagging in a cattle yard
at Charing Cross, near Darfield. A rescue
paramedic said the man was bending forward
when the cow brought its head up. The worker was
airlifted to hospital for observation.
Trapped under digger
A Little Akaloa 69-year-old man suffered a ''badly''
broken leg when the one and a half tonne digger he
was driving rolled and trapped him on the
roadside. Emergency crews said drainlayers he
had been working with managed to lift the digger
off and raise the alarm. The stricken man was
flown by Westpac Rescue Helicopter to
Dumped trailers warning
All unregistered and unwarranted vehicles dumped
on Springston South Reserve at the Selwyn Huts
will be removed on August 31. The Selwyn District
Council has issued warnings that it is an offence
under the Reserves Act and council bylaws to
abandon vehicles on a reserve. Council officer
Tanya Maylam can be contacted on 347 2954.
The application by Road Metals Limited to operate
a quarry from a site in Wards Rd, Rolleston, was
again before the Environment Court last week, with
a two day hearing at the Lincoln Events Centre. A
previous hearing had been held in April, but there
were outstanding groundwater issues still to
examine, as well as discussion over planning
issues. Selwyn District Council planning manager
Tim Harris said the court indicated a decision
would be made in the next few months.
Entries are now open for the 2013 Canterbury
Ballance Environment Farm Awards. The awards,
which have been running for 10 years, celebrate
responsible land stewardship and sustainable
farm management practices. The period for
entering the Canterbury awards is open until
October 1 this year, with the awards evening to be
held in March 2013. See bfea.org.nz.
HIGH WATER: Members of the Little River Volunteer Fire Brigade do the rounds in the flooded town, which bore the brunt of this week's storm.
Photo: DEAN KOZANIC
Council fears reforms misguided
THE SELWYN District Coun-
cil is questioning aspects of a
local government amendment
bill in a submission to a select
Among them is concern
about the potential for minis-
terial intervention options to
be used inappropriately .
Submissions closed on the
amendments late last month
and a report is due out in
The bill is intended to
reform local government legis-
lation to improve the oper-
ation of councils, and looks at
spending, rate rises and may-
oral powers, putting a focus
back on core council services.
The Selwyn council says
that irrespective of the merits
of what the bill may be trying
to achieve, it is unclear that
the changes proposed will
deliver on what the Govern-
ment is trying to achieve .
The council also questions
whether proposed changes are
based on sound data and
The Government s aim
should be to improve govern-
ance and decision making,
rather than getting to the
point where it considers it
needs to intervene in council
operations and processes.
Other concerns were the
risks any change to the role
and powers of mayors may
create, and how curbs on bor-
rowing could affect the pro-
vision of infrastructure.
Land Rover rolls
TWO MEN walked 6km for help in
heavy rain in the early hours on
Monday after rolling their late model
Land Rover in a large puddle near
The driver and passenger were
heading to the West Coast when they
got into strife about 3am.
Police said the pair managed to get
the four-wheel-drive on its wheels and
into a paddock before their long trek
for help. Neither man was injured but
both were picked up by an ambulance.
Police Senior Constable Dave
Watkins, of Darfield, who was called
out at 3.30am, had a word for stupid
drivers disregarding conditions.
They still think they can do
100kmh when there s plenty of surface
The $5 million proposed loan to Central
Plains Water Ltd (CPWL) by the Selwyn
District Council is still subject to the com-
pany satisfying several criteria identified
during the submission process.
A story in the Central Canterbury News
last week said the loan had been approved.
The council is in the process of negotiating
the terms of the loan.
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