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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, JUNE 5, 2013
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Selwyn householders on a gross
income for the past year of
$23,650 or less, have until the
end of this month to apply for a
rates rebate. Those whose income
exceeded this amount could still
be entitled to a rebate depending
on the total cost of their rates and
the number of dependents. The
rates rebate calculator and
example tables on Internal Affairs'
could be used or ratepayers can
contact any district council
customer services staff for further
information. Proof of gross income
in the last financial year is
required. No applications for the
2013-14 rates rebate can be
made until the new year's rates
are issued in August.
Drilling should be completed in
about two weeks on the a second
deep well at Darfield, close to the
current bore, as an alternate
groundwater source, to avoid
having to use the Waimakariri
supply as a backup. A $1.7 million
new reservoir and pump station
north of Darfield to improve the
quality and reliability of the town's
water supply should be operating
late this year or early next year.
Work is expected to be finished
within the next two weeks on the
new $1 million Darfield medical
centre. Set up as a one-stop-
shop for primary medical care, the
long-sought facility to serve the
Malvern district has been in the
pipeline for more than 10 years.
It will house four consulting
rooms, two treatment rooms and a
district nursing room.
Fire damaged two houses in the
Selwyn district last week within six
hours of each other. A Rolleston
house is unliveable and a
Dunsandel property was also
damaged. Fire started about
6.30pm on Thursday in a fireplace
of the first house in Weedons Rd
and shortly after 1am that night
crews were called to a house fire
in Hororata Dunsandel Rd.
Cheap digs Phil's goal
CHEAPER HOUSING: Lincoln High School teacher Phil McLean is working on
a model to create more affordable housing for low to middle income families.
By MAT KERMEEN
A HUMBLE metal work teacher
has taken on a problem in society
that has teams of government
agencies scrambling for answers.
Lincoln High School s Phil
McLean is just past the halfway
point of his science, mathematics
and technology teacher fellowship
with the Royal Society of New
Mr McLean has undertaken a
project to look at how to increase
Working fulltime for the first
two terms of 2013, he spends time
working at Lincoln High School
and Canterbury University but
has travelled as far as Auckland
to discuss ideas with some of New
Zealand s most innovative build-
His ultimate goal is to identify
affordable housing options for
middle to low income families.
At the end of his fellowship, Mr
McLean, aims to present solutions
to address the issues of house
building currently being too slow
-- not keeping ahead of demand --
creating an under supply which
pushes prices up and the increas-
ing cost of labour and materials.
To speed the process up and to
decrease labour costs he has
turned to the Kingspan Tek Panel
Developed and manufactured in
Germany, the Tek Panel system --
similar to what is used in cool
stores -- has been used in the resi-
dential sector for more than 20
years in Europe.
With an almost kit set feel to
the design, Mr McLean hopes
housing construction can be sim-
plified and go full circle .
I d like to see it go back to
where the average person can be
heavily involved in the construc-
tion of their home like they were
20 years ago.
The Tek Panel allows for a sim-
ple but smart exterior design with
clever use of space inside.
He is working on a scale model
of what he calls a stretch and
grow design that starts life as a
studio unit but can fill out to a two
bedroom house as budget allows
and families grow.
The concept is for a loft space to
be added which would create two
extra bedrooms and turn the stu-
dio unit into a family home.
Affordability is the driver for
this idea, hence the smaller, smar-
ter design. I m trying to design a
low cost alternative that is high
Much of the development is sub-
consent work which will reduce
the future costs of growing the
More details of Mr McLean s
design will be available when he
finishes his project next month.
Big splash close to happening
BLESSED WATER: Te Mairiki Williams leads the blessing at the pools on
AN OPENING day has finally
been announced for the much-
anticipated Selwyn Aquatic Cen-
tre.The 2800 square metre facility
will open its doors to the public on
Monday, June 24.
The centre has created about 50
jobs in both full and part-time
Speaking at Friday s official
opening, mayor Kelvin Coe said
Selwyn residents could be very
proud of their new complex.
There is a strong demand for a
year-round aquatic facility. We
know this because we received
over 1400 enrolments for our new
swim school before the facility was
even ready to open, Mr Coe said.
He congratulated the com-
munity for their efforts in fund-
raising an impressive $1.4 million
towards the cost of the pools.
He also welcomed staff which
include swim coaches, lifeguards,
aquafitness instructors and
administration and pool mainten-
An official blessing was held at
the centre on Wednesday morning
in front of invited guests.
The aquatic centre boasts a
25-metre eight-lane pool, hydro-
therapy pool with spa area, a
learn-to-swim pool and a leisure
pool with a lazy river.
The four main pools have walk-
in access to ensure they are
accessible to everyone, and a dis-
ability hoist is to be installed
beside the spa pool.
The mayor is thankful to the
Lottery Grants Board, the South-
ern Trust, the Canterbury Com-
munity Trust and the many
individuals and businesses who
had helped with fundraising.
During the coming weeks staff
will be trained in their roles, while
the finishing touches are put on
the new facility.
The centre will be open from
6am-9pm Monday to Friday and
8am-8pm on Saturdays, Sundays
and public holidays. For infor-
mation, visit Selwyn.govt.nz/sac
or phone 03 347 2734.
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