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DAMAGED, BROKEN OR DEREGISTERED VEHICLES
Forest plans blossom into park idea
By MAT KERMEEN
A PUBLIC meeting will be
held in Darfield on Monday
night, August 19, to discuss
the future of the McHughes
The Selwyn District Council
recently purchased the plan-
tation, and creating an adven-
ture park here has the sup-
port of Darfield Community
Committee chair Paddy
McKay, along with Malvern
counsellor Sam Broughton.
The proposed park would
offer a wide range of rec-
reational activities and be a
place for people to learn about
Mr Broughton, who chairs
the working party for the proj-
ect, said the community is
invited to attend the meeting
at Darfield High School hall,
so everyone has a chance to
share their ideas and views.
He described the area as a
beautiful space that could be
enhanced to become a real
jewel in the area's crown.
There is a feeling that the
project would appeal to rec-
reation seekers throughout
Canterbury, attracting people
Mr Broughton said the idea
had been around for a while,
but had been on hold until the
sale process was completed.
Mr McKay said the possi-
bility of an adventure park
had huge amounts'' of sup-
port in the community.
He said there were many
ideas floating around for the
park -- including bike and
walking tracks, fitness trails
and a dog park.
Mr McKay said the Malvern
community was ready to go''
with the project.
Many members of the com-
munity are prepared to pitch
in to the get an adventure
park up and running.
We need to get this right.
It's a one off opportunity that
will not come around again,''
The SPCA is appealing for
information following the discovery
of nine pups dumped in two boxes
on State Highway 1 north of
Rakaia last Friday. The lively pups,
believed to be barely four to five
weeks old, were found by a local
woman, who called the Ashburton
SPCA. Two are probably chocolate
labradors, one a collie, and the
others working dogs. SPCA
inspector/manager John Keeley
said the pups were found by a
curious motorist who was driving
south about 4pm. ''The pups were
in good nick and quite well-fed.
When we gave them food they
bloody near ate the tray. They're
quite beautiful little dogs.'' Mr
Keeley is appealing for information
on the dumping or any suspicious
activity by a vehicle or person in
the area last Friday. You can call
him on 03 308 4432 or
027 434 2646, or call the Rakaia
Police 03 302 7009.
More than 30,000 people have
gone through the doors of the new
Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston
in its first six weeks of operation --
an average of nearly 700 a day.
Car chop shop probe
Police this week have been
analysing a large number of car
parts seized from Independent
Metal Traders in Rolleston last
week. More than 20 stolen
vehicles were discovered at the
scrap yard. Police also found two
containers of car parts believed
destined for export. Among the
stolen vehicles was a Nissan
Terrano stolen from a CPIT car
park on Tuesday last week. No
charges had been laid.
Standing their ground
By MAT KERMEEN
STANDING FIRM: Weedons Residents' Association secretary Gary Doyle said the association is standing its ground
in relation to a new pavilion. The sports bodies wanted new facilities,
but it shouldn't be down to the
ratepayers to pick up the cost when
there was little benefit to the
Weedons Residents' Association
secretary Gary Doyle is hopeful it
will be third time lucky in front of
the Selwyn District Council today.
The residents' association is in
a long-running battle with the
council over a number of conten-
tious issues, highlighted by the
possibility of a new building at
Mr Doyle has spoken alongside
the association's chair John
McKim at public forums before
the last two council meetings.
The former councillor believed
he had no choice but to front the
council again, because of what he
believed to be lack of action from
council staff and councillors after
his last two presentations.
There is the possibility a new
building may replace the existing
building and double as community
centre and sports pavilion.
Mr Doyle said a small area of
targeted ratepayers would be
asked to fund sports facilities that
were largely going to be used by
members of clubs who live outside
the rating area.
The sports bodies wanted new
facilities, but it shouldn't be down
to the ratepayers to pick up the
cost when there was little benefit
to the community, he said.
However the residents' associ-
ation could be in line for some
relief at today's council meeting if
a report is adopted to establish a
rating sub-committee to look at a
variety of rating issues.
The Central Canterbury News
understands one area the sub-
committee may look at is an amal-
gamation of rating areas.
This could mean major facility
costs could be spread wider over
the district, rather than the cur-
rent targeted rates system.
Another issue thrashed out dur-
ing the public forum at the last
two meetings was the concern of
Mr Doyle and Mr McKim that the
Weedons Reserve governing com-
mittee is being unfairly run by an
imbalance of members from sports
clubs that use the reserve.
Mr Doyle alleged that most if
not all of the committee was made
up of members with some affilia-
tions to either the local tennis,
cricket or golf clubs.
At the July 24 council meeting,
councillors voted for a staff report
on the makeup of the committee to
see if there was any evidence to
support the claims of Mr Doyle
and Mr Mr McKim.
The report is not scheduled on
today's agenda, which has
angered the pair.
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