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Factory Deletions +
No widespread concern over motorway plan
A REPORT supplied from the
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to Environment Minister
Amy Adams recommending the
southern motorway project appli-
cation go to a board of inquiry
claims the issue has not drawn a
big reaction from the public.
Our view is that this proposal
has not aroused widespread public
concern or interest regarding its
actual or likely effect on the
environment (including the global
environment), the report stated.
Public interest appears to be
localised; there has been a low
level of media coverage and the
number of submissions received
throughout NZTA s engagement
process is considered to be low.
However, the proposal was of
a significant size and scale,
If the proposal is approved, it
is estimated there would be $200
million of physical works and it
would require $100m of property
purchases and relocations.
The NZTA had made an appli-
cation to take groundwater for
The majority of the works are
located in the over-allocated
water Zone. This may result in
potential cumulative effects on
the groundwater zone.
The proposal also results or is
likely to result in or contribute to
significant or irreversible changes
to the environment (including the
global environment) .
This included visual impacts
imposed by noise barriers,
embankments, bridge structures,
and changes to individual travel
It is also likely to cause signifi-
cant temporary construction
For these reasons, we consider
the proposal is likely to contribute
to significant and/or irreversible
changes to the natural and physi-
However, the highway, with its
median barrier, is considered
likely to be safer for motorists.
NZTA has stated that it is
expected to result in a 40 per cent
reduction in fatal and serious
It will reduce traffic volumes
through Templeton and Hornby
by more than 17,000 vehicles a
day, with 2000 fewer trucks
travelling through Templeton
Rapid growth and development
was restricting efficient access to
both Christchurch Airport and
Lyttelton port, and the proposal
is likely to assist with opening up
and connecting Lyttelton port to
the south of Christchurch City .
Selwyn District Council, which
would have been a consenting
authority on the project, instead
considered the matter best han-
dled by the EPA.
Baldwin hard at
work on his
By ABBIE NAPIER
DARFIELD S ROSS Baldwin is
bucking the Ellerslie Flower
A far cry from the elaborate gar-
dens usually seen at the compe-
tition, Ross is going for a more
practical approach -- something
we can all aspire to.
Out the Back is a garden cen-
tred on the Kiwi love of the out-
doors, and a reasonable standard
of landscaping anyone can repli-
cate. In his 40 years experience as
a landscaper, Ross knows the best
backyards are made up of the
basics -- a good deck, a sturdy
pagola, a well-watered lawn, and
perhaps a few interesting trees.
This garden is meant to be
more about practical landscaping
people can actually do in their
own homes, he said. They might
not want all the elements we ve
used, but we ve put them in there
to show what can be done.
Another must-have component
is the small, contained vegetable
plot. Showcased here in modern
corrugated iron barrels, the vegie
garden is in line with the latest
trends in sustainability and a
Ross has used a variety of trees,
and used them as a privacy border
around a large backyard. For
those who want low maintenance,
consider extending the deck and
doing away with the lawn.
Love outdoor entertaining? Use
bi-fold doors and a sun-smart
pagola to create a cosy and com-
fortable al fresco atmosphere.
I ve been to Ellerslie a fair few
times, and it is entertaining, but
there s not a lot of practical know-
ledge. The entertainment com-
ponent, the artistic component, is
already well catered for, so we re
giving a contrast to that.
Our garden has evolved as I ve
gone, so I didn t really have a set
plan, Ross said.
Ironically, Ross exhibition is
right next door to the creative and
intricate entry from Ben Hoyle --
last year s People s Choice winner.
His garden is not for the
every man s backyard and is made
up of koru shaped islands and
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