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SELWYN IS poised for an almost 30 per cent
population hike in the next 13 years.
The population is expected to reach 49,675
The Selwyn District Council last year
rezoned large areas for residential develop-
ment in Lincoln and Rolleston with the
potential for about 8800 sections over the
next 30 years.
In the last few months, development of
about 1260 new sections in Rolleston has also
been approved, with many under construc-
tion and selling already. A further 300 are in
the consent pipeline.
Development approval was also granted for
more than 500 sections in Lincoln, with
another 70 seeking consent.
Many had already been sold and others
were under construction.
Consent was granted for close to 590 new
sections in West Melton which were now sell-
The council was also finalising zone plan
changes in Prebbleton to allow around 650
new sections to be developed.
Significant planning for growth was
under way for Darfield, a council spokesman
Council was also spurred by the quakes to
accelerate development of a significant
recreational area in Rolleston.
The $14.7 million Selwyn Aquatic Centre is
expected to open in June.
It marks the first stage of the newly named
Foster Recreation Park.
The park combines indoor and open air
sports facilities at a central site.
The precinct will include the covered,
heated pool, indoor stadium sports club head-
quarters, public park, sports fields and out-
A high school and other recreation areas
may be included.
Selwyn District Mayor Kelvin Coe foresees
the park as a heart of Rolleston which
would enhance enjoyment and lifestyle.
Festive colour: Jasper Welford's artistic skills earned him some Christmas treats in the Rolleston Library colouring
competition last month. The 4 year old took out the under-5 section, while Tom Edwards won the 6 to 8-year-old
section and Jorja Parsons the 9 to 12-year-old section.
Farmer's death shocks
THE CENTRAL Canterbury
farming community is shocked
by the death of a Rakaia farmer
found lying beside his quad bike
on Saturday night after going
out to check his irrigation sys-
Andrew Hamish Baxter, 45,
received serious head injuries in
the accident at his Gardiners
Rd, Dorie, farm.
Sergeant Sean Buchanan said
the farmer was found on the side
of the road around 11.15pm --
about 10 minutes after he called
at the house on the farm to see a
Mr Baxter, director of A H
Baxter Ltd, is survived by his
wife and three children.
He was a well known crop far-
mer who converted to dairying
in the last year.
Since the tragedy, police had
been fielding calls from con-
cerned interest groups across
the country as the quad bike toll
mounts. It has also sparked calls
for roll bars on farm bikes.
In October, Chief Coroner Neil
MacLean said simple safety
messages around the use of
quad bikes could go a long way
to preventing these utterly
unnecessary deaths .
Typically five people a year
die in quad bike accidents
around the country and 850 are
injured. Manufacturers of quad
bikes sold in New Zealand state
no-one under 16 should ride an
adult-sized quad bike.
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