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By MAT KERMEEN
SUPPORTERS OF a proposed
adventure recreation park
turned out to share their ideas
for the project on Monday night.
More than 60 people attended
a public meeting at Darfield
High School to have their say
on the future of McHugh's
The Selwyn District Council
bought the plantation recently
and has designated it as an
adventure and recreation park.
The proposed park would offer
a wide range of recreational
activities and could double as a
space where the community
could be educated on the import-
ance of protecting the forest's
Cr Sam Broughton chairs the
working party for the project.
He said the community turn-
out was a positive indication of
the level of support across the
area for the project.
More than 40 people at the
meeting handed in written sub-
missions on the proposed park.
Although it would take until
later this week to collate all the
ideas, Mr Broughton said he did
not think there were too many
from left field''.
The community had been
asked to give suggestions on
environment, recreation and
education ideas for the park.
Once the ideas were collated,
the working party and the coun-
cil would decide the way forward.
Confirming the community's
enthusiasm, the working party
received interest from volunteers
who wanted to get involved.
A second meeting will be held
at Darfield High School next
week in school time, where
students will be encouraged to
give their thoughts on the
proposed park in order to gain a
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from 63 primary and intermediate schools. Burnham students have put hours of practice into getting their routine perfect for their
performance on Wednesday, August 28, at 7pm.
Bias claim disputed
By MAT KERMEEN
SUGGESTIONS OF an imbalance''
in the Weedons Reserve Committee
have been unconditionally slammed
by a Selwyn councillor.
Councillor Mark Alexander rubb-
ished the claims of former councillor
Gary Doyle and dismissed them as
inaccurate accusations with no evi-
dence to back them up.
Mr Doyle, the West Melton
Residents' Association secretary,
fronted Selwyn District Council's
public forum for a third consecutive
time last Wednesday.
He accused the Weedons Reserve
Committee -- made up of an elective
from each of three sports clubs that
use the domain, and five community
representatives -- of having an
imbalance and being biased towards
the sports clubs that use the domain.
Mr Alexander said Mr Doyle had
raised nothing new from his two pre-
vious presentations and his com-
ments were attacking the integrity
and slurring the reputation of the
members of the reserve committee.
The residents' association has had
a long-running battle with the council
over the cost to the ratepayers of a
proposed sports pavilion that would
double as a community centre.
Mr Doyle is concerned about the
level of rating on the Weedons area
and the lack of financial contributions
towars the development from the
sports clubs who use the reserve.
Councillor Jeff Bland said the issue
needed to be cleared up.
He had no concerns about the
reserve committee and praised its
efforts, but believed the residents'
association had valid concerns with
the payment for any sporting develop-
ment that went further than a com-
He was keen to see the oval devel-
oped into a sporting facility, but
wanted the rating issue used to pay
for it looked at.
They (residents' association) are
not wrong in what they are saying.
Why should a community of 300 at
Weedons fund a sports hub for the
Mr Doyle said the residents' associ-
ation would continue to question until
it was satisfied with the answers.
As a residents' association, we are
tasked with protecting the interests
of the ratepayers in the area.''
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