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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, DECEMBER 5, 2012
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New law may
lift dog rego
THE POSSIBILITY of dog registration fees having to go up
once a new dog bylaw is unleashed was raised by a Selwyn
District councillor at a meeting last week.
The bylaw, which has been out for public consultation
and will free up many of the district's parks and reserves
for unleashed dog exercise -- when they are not in use for
sporting or other public events -- was adopted by the coun-
cil.Councillor John Morten noted the implementation of the
bylaw, which gave dog owners more options, could also cost
Costs such as additional signs would come from the dog
control budget, which the report on the bylaw stated was 98
per cent funded from registration fees and user charges.
Council environmental services manager John Christen-
sen said the council dog control budget was in surplus but
fees could rise if needed to meet the extra costs which had
not yet been calculated.
The majority of public submissions were in opposition to
the bylaw, with many from the sporting fraternity.
Cr Mark Alexander, a member of the working party
which recommended the bylaw be approved, said the num-
ber of Selwyn dog owners probably exceeded sportspeople.
During the day the majority of users on grounds were dog
exercisers and prohibiting dogs did not make sense''.
Cr Nigel Barnett hoped the public would realise it was
not open slather'' on reserves, as dogs would need to be
under control when off-leash.
Cr Pat McEvedy, also a member of the working party,
said the bylaw recognised the opposition of some residents
and not all reserves were opened to off-leash exercise.
Rolleston Recreation Reserve management committee
chairman Jens Christenson expressed his disappointment
-- during a public forum at the meeting -- at the recommen-
dation the bylaw be accepted after the consultation process.
He said the committee had put in a submission that dogs
should be leashed or prohibited on the reserve.
Some of the areas now designated as dog exercise areas:
West Melton Domain
TEAM DUCK TAPE: Robot makers, from left, Johan Esterhuizen, 13, Michael Bresler, 15, Ian Bresler, 13, and Joshua Esterhuizen,
10, with their robot.
Brothers with robots
AN INNOVATIVE idea to help Alz-
heimers patients won West Melton
brothers Johan and Joshua Ester-
huizen the research prize at the recent
First Lego League Robotics Tourna-
ment in Auckland.
The home-schooled brothers were
half of Team Duck Tape, along with
Christchurch brothers Michael and
Ian Bresler, who were unable to make
the trip to compete.
First Lego League is a global pro-
gramme to get children interested in
science and technology. The compe-
tition involves programming a Lego
robot around a set course, but also to
come up with and research an idea to
help the elderly. The youngsters pro-
posed a hearing aid which gives
reminders to Alzheimers patients to
do tasks such as turning off the stove.
The idea won the innovative
solution award at last month's South
Island First Lego League Robotics
Championships in Christchurch,
where they claimed second overall and
qualified for the national tournament.
The team is approaching medical
schools to see if their idea is feasible,
and have received positive feedback.
The boys were a rookie team at the
South Islands, and their performance
caught their families a bit by surprise,
so fundraising had to be organised
quickly to get to Auckland.
The team washed cars, sold choc-
olate and raspberry plants and
worked in gardens, as well as
hurriedly applying for grants.
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