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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, DECEMBER 19, 2012
for the week 18 December to 24 December
SELWYN DISTRICT COUNCIL
PO Box 90, Rolleston 7643
Council Chambers & Offices
Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston
Ph 347 2800 or 318 8338
Rolleston Library & Service Centre
Rolleston Drive, Rolleston
Ph 347 2880 or 318 8338
Darfield Library & Service Centre
1 South Terrace, Darfield
Ph 318 8338 or 347 2800
Leeston Library & Service Centre
High Street, Leeston
Ph 347 2820 or 318 8338
Lincoln Library & Service Centre
Gerald Street, Lincoln
Ph 347 2875 or 318 8338
Effects of the new Dog
On the 1st December 2012 the new Dog
Control Bylaw took effect. The main points
• Dog owners will now be able to exercise
their dogs off-leash in many domains and
reserves that were previously prohibited
or on-leash exercise areas. Dog owners
need to be aware that at all times you must
have your dog(s) under effective control.
• Dogs are prohibited within 5 metres of any
public event (an organised recreation,
sporting or social activity occurring
within a defined area and a defined
timeframe) in a reserve or domain.
• All children's playgrounds are prohibited
from dogs and they must now be kept at
least 5 metres away.
• It is an offence not to be carrying a
suitable receptacle for the removal of any
deposits and don't forget the $300 fine for
not removing such materials.
You can check out the new Bylaw and
exercise areas on the SDC website or call the
Animal Control team on 347 2800
Season's greetings one and all and a
special welcome to all the new arrivals
to our district this year.
It's been a year of extraordinary growth
for Selwyn with all the challenges and
opportunities that brings, alongside continuing earthquake recovery
progress. Many residents having already had their houses repaired
(3,711 by 7th December) while many more of us are still waiting
patiently for EQR (Fletchers) or the insurance company contractors
The festive season however reminds us how fortunate we are as
we share the friendship and goodwill of our family and friends, and
recognise the true treasures in our life as we care and share our
values and ideals with others.
We owe so much to so many when we think of all the volunteers
who contribute to the wellbeing of our community.
The Fire Brigades, St John Ambulance Service, the Ellesmere Search
& Rescue Organisation and all those who run our sports clubs,
recreational and cultural activities.
You all contribute so much to the wellbeing of our community and
ensuring Selwyn is such a wonderful place to live, work and play.
On behalf of the Councillors and myself, I would like to thank all
those who have supported us and Council staff in the many activities
undertaken during the year.
Enjoy the Christmas break, a time to reflect and refresh as we
remember family and friends and reflect on the good things in life.
It's been a privilege and a pleasure to work with you and for you
this past year.
Safe journeys, Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New
Year to you all.
MAYOR OF SELWYN
Expressions of interest
With the new Dog Control bylaw in effect from
1st December 2012, the Animal Control Team
would like to appoint a number of voluntary
honorary dog rangers to monitor reserves
and domains that are now 'off-leash' exercise
areas. Ideally, one or more persons for each
domain/reserve would be preferred. This may
suit users of such areas or someone with time
on their hands to have an occasional wander
The intention of the appointment is to provide
support to the Animal Control Team. Duties
would include advising dog owners of their
responsibilities when in the exercise areas
and reporting any breaches. This is a passive
role. However, the rangers will be warranted
under, and supported by, the Dog Control Act.
Training will be given.
Expressions of interest can be directed to
'Animal Control', Selwyn District Council,
PO Box 90, Rolleston 7643 or animalcontrol@
Include a few lines telling us why you may be
a suitable candidate.
DOWN BY THE LIFFEY GALLERY
1 James Street, Lincoln
and sale of artworks /artifacts continues until Jan 13th.
From 16 January to 17 February "SPACES " showcases the paintings
of Anne Fountain & Jaqui Cotter and the pottery of Averill Cave.
Open Wed to Sun 10am -- 4pm (except Boxing Day)
As foreshadowed last week, the dry
weather over the last few days has meant
that fire restrictions will need to come
in this weekend.
The fire danger is rising, and unlikely
to change significantly, even with the
predicted rain over the next week or so.
We will go into a Restricted Fire
Season as from midnight Sunday,
23 December 2012.
Up until this date you may burn in our
rural areas on the Plains without a
permit, however, be careful how you
burn, watch the winds, stay with the fire,
and make sure it is out before you leave.
The last thing we all want is fire crews
turning up to a fire that has escaped.
As from Monday, 24 December
2012, no outdoor burning will be
allowed in our rural areas, with the
exception of the activities listed in the
Notice is hereby given that pursuant
to Section 22(2) of the Forest & Rural
Fires Act (1977), the lighting of fires
in the open air within the rural areas
of Selwyn District is restricted from
midnight 23 December 2012 until
The exemptions to this are:
1. The burning of crop residue will
be permitted without the issue
of a Fire Permit providing the
following conditions are met:
• Fires shall only be lit during daylight
hours and must be out by dark.
• No fires shall be lit while strong
winds are blowing or forecasted,
or when conditions are such that
the fire is likely to spread beyond
the limits of the land for which
this Authority is issued. Maximum
allowable wind strength is 19kph
(Beaufort Scale 3).
surrounded by a continuous fire
break, cleared of all combustible
material to a minimum width of 10
• The re is to be patrolled by the
person lighting the fire until it is
• Prior to lighting, the occupiers of
neighbouring properties are to
be advised of the time and date of
• That some form of Fire Fighting
Equipment such as grubbers,
beaters, fire extinguishers or vehicle
mounted water supply/spray units
is on site to deal with any fire
2. Fires are permitted in enclosed
drums providing the following
conditions are met:
• The drum top must be covered with
a wire mesh sized no greater than
20mm or have a lid and flue with a
spark arrester fitted.
• The drum must be surrounded by
a 3 metre area that is cleared of
combustible material and be at least
3 metres away from other buildings,
trees or vegetation.
• The area must be serviced by a
reticulated water supply or an
alternative water supply (tanker,
dam, etc). The water supply must
be capable of fully extinguishing the
drum fire and the area immediately
• The drum re must only be lit during
daylight hours and fully extinguished
• The drum fire must be attended
by someone at all times until it is
• The drum re must not be lit when
the wind is blowing or forecasted to
be above 19kph (Beaufort Scale 3).
• The drum re must not be lit or
allowed to burn when the smoke
is likely to cause nuisance to
• Only vegetation, paper, cardboard
and untreated wood are allowed
to be burnt under Environment
Canterbury Air Plan.
3. Gas fueled barbecues lit
in properly constructed
4. Only gas fuelled barbecues
lit in properly constructed
containers are permitted in
5. Burning may be permitted if a
Fire Permit has been obtained
from the Principal Rural Fire
1. These exemptions apply to the Rural
Areas of Selwyn District only. No open
air fires may be lit within residential
areas without a Resource Consent
from Environment Canterbury.
2. Any Permit used is not a Legal
Defence against a claim for any
damage which may be caused by the
fire. The responsibility for its control
and the liability for any damage
which may arise lies with the person
lighting the fire.
Principal Rural Fire Officer.
Monday 14th January 11am -- 1pm
at Lincoln Domain (beside playground & Lincoln Event Centre)
Pack a picnic & a bat or ball and bring the family along
for a relaxed get together.
Arthur's Pass National Park
2012/13 Holiday Programme
Day -- Walks & Activities
Sat29 Sun30 Mon31 Tue1 Wed2 Thu3 Fri4 Sat5 Sun6
Scavenger Arthur's Hawdon
Craigieburn Otira Temple Historic
wilding pines Valley Basin
Evening -- Talks & Activities
People of Our
NEW Craigieburn Mountain APNP Richard APWT
Arthur's Feathery YEAR'S Ecology Weather Quiz Seddon Talk
Pass Inhabitants EVE!
Fire Restrictions are coming in...
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