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QUALITY ART: Emily Bowden and Grandmother Julie Trolove admire the work of deaf-blind artist Carl Lintott.
Crowds drawn to
By MAT KERMEEN
DARFIELD ART Week has con-
firmed that creative vibes are
well and truly beaming in
At the conclusion of the 31st
annual exhibition, the Malvern
Community Arts Council is
reflecting on another successful
year that produced art of the
Convener Ruth Warren said
the aim of the 10-day exhibition
was to encourage as many
people in the community as
possible to enjoy and embrace
It s just as much about giving
it a go as it is winning the prem-
ier award. There is nothing bet-
ter than exposing more people to
the enjoyment of art and there is
a lot of talent to see in the
This year s edition of Art
Week was made up of 268
entries, slightly down on last
year. It was still an encouraging
number as Mrs Warren said
they were competing with three
or four other exhibitions
around Canterbury last week.
Large crowds flocked to the
Darfield Recreation Centre
between opening night on Octo-
ber 5 and Sunday.
It s wonderful to see so many
members of the public coming
through the exhibition and
really appreciating the work
they are looking at, Mrs War-
More than 140 guests were
present on opening night, when
Andrew Lyons was awarded the
premier award for his Fishers
Table piece. Several other works
were recognised with minor
The exhibition attracts many
artists who are showing their
work for the first time, which
can lead to exciting memories if
they are lucky enough to attract
It s very special when you
contact an artist to tell them
that they have sold their first
piece of work. It s an amazing
feeling for them and very excit-
ing for everyone involved.
Profits made by the arts coun-
cil go back into the community
by way of scholarships offered to
Half a million
By MAT KERMEEN
HAVE YOUR SAY
Is $495,000 for a toilet in
Springfield a good use of
ratepayers' money? We welcome
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WHEN YOU have to go, you have to
go, but where to go and who pays has
one Selwyn councillor all flush in the
The Selwyn council is proposing a
$495,000 grade-one toilet facility to
replace the Springfield public toilets
next to the Tawera Memorial Hall.
Councillor Jeff Bland does not dis-
pute a replacement is needed after
the existing toilets were deemed
unsafe -- not meeting 33 per cent of
the building code -- but said a grade-
one toilet is unjustified.
Surely we can go for something
more modest when there s a grade-
one toilet 18 minutes up the road in
Darfield and another in Arthur s
We have been getting a strong
message from our ratepayers that we
need to cut spending so we are more
in line with our income, yet we are
planning to spend half a millon on a
The site location of the replace-
ment is also contentious with Mr
The council has looked at other
options, but the majority of council-
lors are in support of the new facility
staying on the existing site where
portaloos currently sit.
Mr Bland said the vast majority of
people using the Springfield toilets
are travellers and tourists -- not loc-
als from the Selwyn community.
If it was situated on a more logical
site for locals Mr Bland would not be
as concerned with the price tag.
It should be near a park or some-
where that is suitable for the people
of Springfield. At the current
location, children have to cross the
main highway to use the toilet.
What parent is going to allow
their child to do that?
I can t see one logical argument
for spending that amount of money
on a toilet block on that site.
Mr Bland thought the Selwyn dis-
trict was being let down by central
government and possibly the tourism
industry, which he said should hold
The New Zealand Transport
Authority has cut our roading sub-
sidies by 20 per cent, yet we are
meant to fund flash toilets for people
that are using their roads.
There s no evidence these people
are spending money in Springfield.
Councillor Bland said he suppor-
ted the council s decision, but he felt
they hadn t quite got this one right .
Woman, 40, crushed
in stockyard drama
A WOMAN is recovering in Christ-
church Hospital after being crushed
by a 650-kilogram cattle beast in a
The incident happened at a farm
at Decanter Bay, Banks Peninsula,
about 12.30pm on Monday.
The 40-year-old mother of four
managed to free herself before
collapsing in pain.
A Westpac rescue helicopter
spokesman said the woman -- a farm
worker -- received head, shoulder
and leg injuries. It was pure luck her
injuries were not more severe, given
the circumstances, he said.
Other workers heard the woman
yelling and rushed to her aid. No-one
saw what happened.
Senior Constable Lyle Pryor, of
Akaroa police, said occupational
safety and health had been notified.
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