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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, MARCH 20, 2013
New fire cost recovery policy introduced
Public Forum at Council and Community
Board Meetings. You may speak on matters of
concern during the first 15 minutes of each meeting
but please let us know well in advance. For council
meetings, please notify Sue Elder and for community
boards, please notify Marilyn Ponsford.
Township, Hall and Reserve Committees,
please note. If you wish to advertise your meeting
here, or make any changes to meeting details, please
let Bernadette Ryan know by 9am on Thursday
of the week prior to publication by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phoning
347 2800 or 03 318 8338.
COUNCIL & COMMUNITY BOARDS
Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee
• Tuesday, 19 March, 1pm, Executive Meeting
Malvern Community Board
• Monday, 25 March, 4pm, Darfield Library/Service
Selwyn Central Community Board
• Wednesday, 20 March, 4pm, Executive Meeting
Room One, Rolleston Council Buildings
• Wednesday, 27 March, 1pm, Council Chambers,
• Thursday, 4 April, 3pm, Izone Café
(Because this project team discusses
commercially sensitive information, the public
will be exclude from most, if not all, of the
meeting. Please direct any queries to the
Corporate Services Manager Douglas Marshall)
• Wednesday, 10 April, 1pm, Council Chambers,
These are public meetings and the first 15 minutes
are available for the public to speak.
Darfield Recreation & Community Centre
• Tuesday, 2 April, 7.30pm, Darfield Recreation
Darfield Township Committee
• Thursday, 21 March, 7.45pm, Darfield Library/
Dunsandel Domain Board
• Wednesday, 20 March, 7pm, Dunsandel Sports
Glenroy Community Hall Committee
• Tuesday, 19 March, 8pm, Glenroy Hall
Hororata District Citizens Association
• Tuesday, 26 March, 7.30pm, Hororata Community
Neighbourhood Support people welcome to
Hororata Reserve Management Committee
• Wednesday, 3 April, 7.30pm, Hororata Primary
Killinchy Community Centre Committee
• Wednesday, 20 March, 7.30pm, Killinchy Hall.
Note this meeting has been cancelled.
Leeston Park Association
• Monday, 25 March, 8pm, Leeston Park Pavilion
Rolleston Community Centre Committee
• Thursday, 28 March, 7.30pm, Rolleston
Rolleston Residents Association
• Monday, 25 March, 7.30pm, Rolleston Community
Southbridge Advisory Committee
• Monday, 25 March, 7.30pm, Southbridge Library
Springston Hall Committee
• Saturday, 6 April, 7.30pm, Springston Community
Springston Reserve Committee
• Wednesday, 20 March, 8pm, Springston Reserve
Errol Tweedy Pavilion
Tai Tapu Community Association Inc.
• Wednesday, 3 April, 7.30pm, Tai Tapu Library
West Melton Community Centre
• Tuesday, 26 March, 7.30pm, West Melton
Neighbours Day Aotearoa is being held on 23
and 24 March 2013. The weekend is focused
on communities getting to know each other.
Neighbours can help you if there is an emergency.
They can also check on the safety of your family,
pets and property if you are away.
During Neighbours Day weekend you can
get to know your neighbours by visiting your
neighbour or taking them over some baking or
produce from your garden. You could organise
a local event or activity like a barbeque, a street
clean- up day, a games day, a family day or even
an Easter egg hunt for local children.
Joining a neighbourhood support group is
a good way to get to know your neighbours.
Neighbourhood support groups play an
important role in keeping people safe and
supported in an emergency. To find out more
about joining a group or Neighbours Day
Aotearoa contact Sue Jenkins on 347 2800 or
1618 Leeston Road Leeston
Open Days 23 and 24 March
Come and have a look at the site, hear about
the project, and see the draft plans
Open between 9am -- 3pm
Our history -- Our stories
Expression of Interest
Selwyn District Council is seeking
expressions of interest from suitably
qualified parties to provide a wide range
of environmental health services, 7 days
per week 24 hours per day, to meet the
Councils' requirements and provide a high
level of service to their customers.
The Council will select and negotiate
with individuals/contractors who fulfil the
A copy of the expression of interest
document can be obtained by contacting
Leanne Doak at the Selwyn District
Council's Rolleston office phone
(03) 347 2951.
General enquiries about the Expression
of Interest may be made to Tim Harris,
(03) 347 2850 during business hours.
Expressions of Interest should be received
by Friday 6 April 2013 and be sent to:
Acting Environmental Services Manager
Selwyn District Council
PO Box 90
People who breach fire restrictions, and light
fires during the prohibited fire season currently
in place, can now expect to receive a bill to
reimburse fire services for the cost of the call out.
The Council approved a new policy last week
which will see a minimum $500 (plus GST)
charge imposed on people who light fires when
a prohibited fire season is in place, or who light
fires when a restricted fire season is in place
without observing fire safety guidelines.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Wilson Brown says
that this summer there have been a number of
fires in Selwyn District which have threatened
lives and property. "Fire services have been
extremely busy responding to call outs. It is
very time consuming for volunteer fire fighters
to attend call outs and also expensive to put out
fires -- the fire response to the Selwyn Road fire
in January cost $100,000 alone."
He says that it is very important to have a policy
in place which deters people from lighting fires
in conditions when it is unsafe to do so. "Fires
which are started when a prohibited fire season
is in place and the fire risk is extreme put the
community at risk. The new policy sends a clear
signal to people who flout the rules that this is
The new policy would also apply during a
restricted fire season if people light fires without
observing the safety guidelines in place. In a
restricted fire season only gas barbeques, crop
residue fires and fires inside drums are allowed.
The guidelines require that people:
• don't light a fire in high winds or if high winds
• always have a water source on hand
• have a 10 metre fire break in place for a crop
• stay with the fire at all times and dial 111 if
it gets out of control.
Currently a prohibited fire season is in place
across the whole of Selwyn District, which means
that no fires can be lit except for gas barbeques
if the property is serviced by a high pressure
"Previously ratepayers have been paying for the
cost of attending fire callouts. Where fire fighters
respond to unnecessary callouts
because people have lit fires when
they are not allowed to, or haven't
followed fire safety guidelines, it is appropriate
that the person who started the fire should pay
for this cost," says Mr Brown.
Under the new policy approved by the Council,
a $500 (plus GST) minimum charge will be
imposed on people found not to have observed
fire restrictions or to have lit a fire in an unsafe
manner. If the cost of responding to the fire
is higher than $500, a higher charge may be
Mr Brown says that it is important that all
property owners have insurance which covers
fire damage, fire fighting and public liability
insurance. "People should also always check
what fire restrictions are in place by visiting
www.selwyn.govt.nz/fire or phoning the Council
before lighting a fire," he adds.
The 'Take another look at intersections'
campaign the Council is currently running
reminds drivers of the simple road rules that
apply at intersections.
Selwyn District has over 2,000 intersections
-- many are in 100kph areas that can be very
busy and, at times, risky places to cross.
Using good judgement of vehicle speed and
distance when merging into the traffic flow or crossing an intersection is essential.
Taking the time to look carefully in all directions when approaching intersections and
taking another look if you are required to stop is common sense.
If in doubt, always wait. It only takes a few seconds to allow other vehicles to go
through before proceeding.
Proposed Sale of the former
Darfield Library Building 2/3
McMillan Street Darfield
Since the relocation of Library and Service
Centre functions to the refurbished and
extended Council Offices at 1 South Terrace,
the former library building at 2/3 McMillan
Street has become surplus to requirements
and is no longer required by Council.
It has recently been used in part for office
accommodation by Fletcher EQR who were
delivering Earthquake Recovery Works in the
They no longer have a need for these
offices with works scaling down and have
now terminated their lease and vacated the
Council Officers intend reporting to Council
to request confirmation that the building be
deemed surplus to requirements and that it
be offered back to the former owners of the
site in accordance with the requirements of
the Public Works Act 1981.
Should the offer back not be accepted then
the property will be offered for sale on the
Anyone wishing to make a submission on this
proposal may do so in writing to the Council
by no later than 5pm on 19 April 2013.
For more information on the proposal,
please contact Rob Allen, Property Services
Coordinator, Selwyn District Council, PO Box
90 Rolleston or e-mail rob.allen@selwyn.
govt.nz or phone 03 347 2861.
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