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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, MAY 22, 2013
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Heifer hijinks catching on
along Mad Cow highway
NEW ADDITION: Charles Nimmo with children Josiah and Lilly Nimmo, and Ava
Scott, check their newest family member, The Bullerina.
MOONLIGHT MILKERS: Alan Bishop
accepts his award from organiser Neil
Mugford for his Moonlight Milkers
By MAT KERMEEN
AN IDEA to promote the inland
road from just north of the Rakaia
River through to Springston as
the Mad Cow highway is growing
Judging of a competition to
encourage mad cow exhibitions for
the novelty route was held at the
Leeston market on Saturday and
turned many heads.
The mad cow idea is to get com-
munities along the stretch of the
road to construct sculptures of
cows as a quirky attraction to
encourage tourists and visitors to
detour off the main drag.
The man behind the initiative,
Neil Mugford, built his first
exhibit almost a year ago and
has been persuading people
who live near the inland road to
Leeston local Alan Bishop won
an award for his giant Moonlight
Milkers sign. A reference to dairy
farmers working long hours, the
sign features a cow jumping over
the moon with 24 seven cut into
the steel sign.
The Leeston Playcentre entry,
and others from Emma Twiss,
Anna McMillan and Arabella
Nimmo of Ellesmere College, were
also among the prizewinners for
Mr Mugford has put his time
and money where his mouth is,
building three more mad cow
attractions, including an
Excowvator -- a unique take on an
excavator -- and the Bullerina.
The latter was an intimidating
sight at the market, standing
more than three metres high.
Local man Charles Nimmo and
his children took an instant liking
to the red and black beast, com-
plete with a tutu, and struck up a
deal to display the Bullerina on
their road frontage.
The group is still encouraging
anyone in the area who is
interested to contact either Jeff
Quigley at Leeston Hammer
Hardware or Neil Mugford at
Heritage value of cottage under
consideration by Selwyn council
SELWYN DISTRICT Council will
present a staff report to
councillors today that should
help decide the fate of a possible
The property, known as the
Hoskyns Road Cottage, came to
the attention of the council when
Rolleston-based builder Russell
Lilley spoke at a public forum on
Mr Lilley s company, Rusnet
Holdings, bought the property in
February, but offered to give the
cottage to the Rolleston com-
munity for relocation.
The two parties also discussed
the possibility of purchasing the
property to develop as a historic
site or possibly a museum on
A pit, thought to date back to
the days of roadmen working in
the area in the early 1900s, is
adjacent to the cottage.
Councillors sought the staff
report in order to investigate the
project s viability.
The report suggests a very
rough cost for the project would
be estimated between $300,000
Two other options contained in
the report include moving the
cottage to a council-owned site or
declining to negotiate any further
on the matter.
The report also identified the
lack of a database for buildings
of cultural and heritage value as
a risk .
As part of the investigation into
the Hoskyns Rd property, a sec-
ond cottage -- thought to be
of a similar age -- was identified
on the Rolleston Recreation
Precinct land formally owned by
the Foster family.
The report asks that council
compile a database of places of
cultural and heritage interest
beyond what is listed in the
Despite comment to the con-
trary from amateur historians
and long-time residents, the
report says it cannot be estab-
lished that roadmen or any form
of roading company or public
entity involved in roading occu-
pied the cottage.
It also says there is no record of
the excavation on the adjoining
land serving as a gravel pit and
no record could be located that
determined the date of construc-
tion or the original design of
Darfield High School placed
third from 12 schools in night
one of the ASB 2013 Stage
Challenge regional qualifying
at CBS Arena on Monday
night. Darfield also took
home the spirit of stage
challenge award, the award
of excellence for student
achievement, and shared the
award for excellence for
A line fault is believed to have
caused a power blackout in
449 housesholds in the
Selwyn district for two hours
early yesterday. The blackout
hit the Rolleston, Springston,
Templeton and Weedons
areas at 5.25am. Electricity
was restored to all homes by
Darfield road works
The realignment of Telegraph
Rd with Bray St in Darfield is
approaching the mid-way
mark and could be finished in
a few weeks, depending on
the weather. Motorists are
advised to take ''extreme
care'' driving through this
intersection during road
works. Once the work is
finished, priority at the
intersection will change,
giving right of way to traffic on
Bray St/Telegraph Rd.
Cardale St will be controlled
by a compulsory stop sign.
Residents on the Sheffield/
Waddington water supply no
longer need to boil water.
Water sampling results
showed the water was clear
of E.coli and safe to drink.
The Rumpus Room at the
Rolleston Community Centre
is giving pre-schoolers a new
fun circuit course with
equipment in a safe
environment. Sessions run
Fridays term time from 10am-
11am and 11am-noon. The
fee is $3.50 for one child,
and $2.50 for siblings. More
or call 347 2882.
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