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Changes to Building
Selwyn District Council is now accepting and
processing all building consent applications
electronically. We expect to have a very busy
period ahead while we support the community
through this exciting growth phase. Making this
change allows us to focus on providing timely and
efficient service. It also creates time savings for
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What does this mean for you?
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WEST MELTON S Jerry Larason has made an
impassioned plea for the Selwyn District Council
to investigate the cause of last month s rifle range
fire near the town.
A long-time campaigner to curb activities at the
Defence Force range after issues with house
damage that he and other residents have
attributed to explosions at the site, Mr Larason
said the local residents were upset the fire
occurred and thought the council could do more to
find the cause itself.
The Defence Force is holding its own
investigation into the fire at the range.
Mr Larason told councillors at last week s
meeting they should be proactive, not reactive.
He had heard through his own investigations
that there had been two separate incidents involv-
ing grenade throwing, which could have started
I am surprised you (the council) are not able to
represent your constituency and do something
He questioned if the Defence Force had the
impartiality to investigate the incident.
It s like the fox watching the chicken house.
He said the situation would be treated
differently if someone had been hurt.
If I had done it (started the fire), you would be
on me like white on rice.
Council corporate services manager, Douglas
Marshall, said the army was a fire authority
itself, so the council was obliged to wait for it
If the report came back with inconsistencies,
the council would make enquiries, he said.
A Defence Force spokesperson said a court of
inquiry was still under way, and a date for it to be
completed could not be given.
TENDER APPROVED: The planned new library.
'Elegant shed' to be
THE PROSPECT of a new
elegant shed for Lincoln promp-
ted a Selwyn councillor to sound a
warning about architecture in the
region at a meeting last week.
The tender for the proposed new
$3.3 million Lincoln Library was
accepted at the meeting.
In a report before the council,
the design was described as an
elegant shed, said to echo the
rural agricultural backgrounds of
Cr Jeff Bland was concerned the
design could set a tone for the rest
of the region.
We have to careful we do not
end up with a whole lot of elegant
sheds, because they are cheap to
put up on a minimalist budget,
He cited examples such as the
new Selwyn Aquatic Centre,
which had undergone changes to
cut costs, and the new police sta-
tion in Rolleston, although he said
that was always going to be under
Five contractors were asked to
tender for the library project, with
the lowest taken.
A proposed clay tile cladding for
the building, to bring to mind the
red brick construction of Ivy Hall
at Lincoln University was too
expensive, at $250,000. Council
staff elected to use metal.
There will be stone cladding on
the facade, however, like that
used on other council buildings
such as the council headquarters
in Rolleston. This was labelled
iconic in the report.
Other councillors did not share
the shed concerns. Cr Mark
Alexander described it as an
appropriate building, while
Cr Lindsay Philps said the
council team had scored a
try with the building and it
was great for the township.
At the request of the com-
munity, a large green space
will surround the library and
will be able to be used for
community activities. Public
toilets have also been added
and will be open all hours.
The old Lincoln community
centre will be demolished to
make way for the new
The library is expected to
open to the public in early
2014, with construction star-
ting next month.
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