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Convoy leaves mess
A big convoy of car hoons tore up
the seal doing organised burnouts
near Rolleston Prison on Saturday
night. Special police units from
Christchurch, with backup from
Selwyn, descended on the Two
Chain Rd and Walkers Rd area
about 2am Sunday, sending about
80 packing out of the district.
''As soon as we turned our lights
on, they b....... off,'' one
They left cans, bottles, and the
burn marks on the road.
Selwyn District Council held a
drop-in session and community
meeting in Leeston last week to
discuss June's floods and what
can be done to prevent future
incidents. Affected residents were
asked to share their situation and
ideas for future prevention.
The meeting, attended by about
70 people, was chaired by
councillor Pat McEvedy who said
he was pleased with the turnout
and the community input.
Hay shed fire
A hay shed has been destroyed on
a rural Canterbury farm after an
unexpected gust of wind spread
sparks from a nearby rubbish fire
on Friday.The fire on Bangor Rd,
near Hororata, was reported to
emergency services about
1.40pm. Landowner Bernard
Duncan said the fire was quickly
brought under control by
firefighters, but it had burned
through a farm shed used for
Boiler flare-up sparks alarm
SPARKS AND flames shot out of a
boiler at the big Synlait milk
processing plant in Dunsandel
early Sunday night, and more
than 30 district volunteer fire-
fighters raced to the scene.
The emergency didn t turn out
to be the big one -- although the
potential was there , Dunsandel
fire chief Ian Chatterton said.
The emergency happened dur-
ing the night shutdown when the
boilers were in sleeper mode -- a
bit like a low fire overnight, Mr
Two of the plant s boiler crew
brought the flare-up under con-
The automatic alarm was raised
Volunteer crews from Dunsan-
del and Rakaia were first at the
scene, before back-up was called
from the Burnham, Rolleston,
Hororata, Leeston and South-
Fire trucks were also sent from
Synlait said the incident would
not affect production.
There was no damage and the
boiler was fully operational.
In May, Synlait Milk announ-
ced plans to invest more than $30
million to upgrade the Dunsandel
milk plant and build a packaging
plant and new warehouse.
It plans to produce a specialist
ingredient for infant formula,
which is in high demand in China.
The company has said $15m
will be spent upgrading a milk
drier plant at Dunsandel, and an
even more expensive warehouse
and packaging plant project.
The investment would enable
Synlait Milk to become one of only
two manufacturers in the world to
produce lactoferrin as a spray-
dried powder to be added to
products including infant formula
and nutritional powders.
Springs Ward losing a stalwart councillor
will not seek
Council in the
By MAT KERMEEN
AFTER NINE years as a Selwyn
District councillor, Lindsay Philps
has decided not to seek re-election
in the upcoming local body elec-
He says it time to give someone
else a go.
He described the role of a coun-
cillor as demanding and did not
feel it was something that could
be done forever.
The three-term councillor said
money was not a factor in his
decision, but he did think council-
lors were poorly paid for the level
of duties they undertook.
You almost have to be self-
employed or have a partner that is
doing the bulk of the working to
afford to be able to do it.
He said he was often out four
nights a week with different meet-
His landscape architecture
business had suffered due to his
It is hard sometimes when you
see a two-week design job end up
taking four weeks.
He would like to see councillors
paid better in the future.
Somewhere down the line you
are going to get the pay peanuts
get monkeys scenario, he said.
Essentially you work like a vol-
unteer. You have to be doing it for
the right reasons, because nobody
would take on being a councillor
for the money.
He said it was also a tough job
for anyone with young children.
Mr Philps started his career
with the Lincoln Township Com-
mittee, and said townships and
community committees were the
perfect launching pad for the
Mr Philps, who is married with
three children, said he would miss
the council, but was looking for-
ward to the extra time with his
By vacating his position, Mr
Philps has opened an interesting
void in the Springs Ward.
The outgoing councillor said
there were plenty of capable peo-
ple to take over his mantle, but he
had not shoulder-tapped anyone
because he did not feel it was his
jurisdiction to do so.
He was not aware of anyone
putting their name forward for
In a tribute to his abilities as a
councillor, nobody stood against
him when he sought re-election
for his second and third terms.
Mr Philps was proud of many of
his achievements on the council,
and felt it was in a better place
than when he had started.
A former longtime Lincoln resi-
dent, he was particularly proud of
the Lincoln Events Centre, in
which he had been involved as a
member of the steering group.
Hundreds of children
celebrated the final
days of the school
holidays with a
pirate party at the
dressed up, but they
were not alone as
staff got into the
spirit of the day too.
Selwyn Aquatic staff
Kathy Moore, Alex
dressed to the pirate
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