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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2012
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The $500 million Fonterra milk factory outside
Darfield will be officially opened on November 30.
Construction of the factory has taken 18 months
and it will be opened by Prime Minister John Key.
Production started at the plant in August. Stage
two of the development is already under
A follow-up meeting to the well-attended initial
gathering last month to set up an envirotown group
in Tai Tapu will be held on November 28 at 7.30pm
at Tai Tapu School. It will focus on a community
action plan, aims and objectives. Contact Steve on
0275 366 101 for more information.
Selwyn's Synlait Farms has taken the Lincoln
University Foundation's South Island Farmer of the
Year title for 2012. It beat three other finalists, all
family-owned farms. The winner received a
$15,000 travel award to study farming practice
overseas and will be assisted to host a field day to
profile its business.
Top model flyers gather to compete
LOCAL EVENT: Lincoln's Dave Griffin will
be among the remote-controlled aircraft
enthusiasts competing in the nationals
in Selwyn. He is pictured working on a
plane at an event in Australia.
ACTION IN STORE: Jeremy McLean, from Kirwee, left, and national event organiser Peter Hewson, from
Christchurch, watch an aerobatic model hover at a previous event.
SELWYN SKIES will be buzzing
during the New Year period with
remote-controlled aircraft taking to
the air for the sport s national cham-
The event will be based in and
around Kirwee, and will see contests
staged at model flying sites between
Darfield and West Melton from
December 31 to January 5.
The field, drawn from a sport
which has 2500 members in the
national body, will include three
The competing model aircraft will
range from small ultra lightweight
free flying models to large scale and
aerobatic models which weigh 20kg
or more -- with wings spanning up to
There are gliders and helicopters
as well as planes, and events include
aerobatics and pylon racing around a
Indoor models -- ultra lightweight
and powered by wound rubber --will
be flown at Darfield High School hall.
Going where the business is
Meeting demand: Joe and Sheryl Willans are moving their business
south to set up in Rolleston.
AS SELWYN building consent
numbers continue to highlight
population growth in the area,
some Christchurch businesses
are questioning the wisdom of
staying in the city.
New Department of Build-
ing and Housing figures indi-
cate the highest number of
new dwelling consents in Can-
terbury in five years -- 396 --
were issued in September.
Eighty-four of them were in
Academy Hire owners
Sheryl and Joe Willans are
riding the wave south with
the area s growth providing
more of an opportunity for
expansion than their previous
Mrs Willans said 75 per
cent of their clients were from
Rolleston already, so they had
moved to Jones Rd on the
edge of the Izone.
The couple have lived in
Rolleston for the last three
years and were keen to move
and grow the business.
They will be setting up a
glazing business next door
and the building provides
space to expand their hire
business -- one area which is
taking off is the party and
Mr Willans put it down to
one reason -- location.
There was a desire among
businesses and the com-
munity to buy local which hel-
ped, and the growth in the
new house market meant peo-
ple needed equipment such as
There was also growth in
the corporate customers in the
Mrs Willans said the rise in
population over the last sev-
eral years meant the town
could support businesses such
as hers and others such as
In Canterbury consents were
issued for 396 new dwellings
in September 2012, up 80 per cent from September 2011.
A $400 million business park
was announced earlier in
November for the former
Islington freezing works site.
Called Waterloo Business
Park, it is expected to create
hundreds of construction jobs.
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