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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
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Ted's Bar & Grill in Halswell's
Balcairn St has been destroyed
after fire ripped through the
building on Monday night. The fire
also affected the Heritage Funeral
Services premises next door. A
Fire Service spokesman said
''multiple calls'' were received
about the fire, and 10 fire crews
from Christchurch and Lincoln
stations were sent.
Meet the candidates
Prospective council and mayoral
candidates in the upcoming local
body elections will be fronting at a
meeting organised by the
Rolleston Residents Association
next week. People are invited
along to find out more about their
potential leaders and ask
questions at a Meet the
Candidates evening at the
Rolleston Community Centre,
September 17 at 7pm.
Eight Christchurch trenching
companies installing fibre-optic
cable for the ultrafast broadband
(UFB) initiative are the latest
casualties of embattled Australian
engineering giant Transfield
Services pulling the plug on its
their city trenching arrangements.
It would now do its UFB trenching
Water scheme shares
The Central Plains Water (CPW)
irrigation scheme reached another
milestone this week with the
registering of a second prospectus
to raise funds to build the
headrace and pipework. The
prospectus, which is being
registered with the Financial
Markets Authority, will be open
only to existing shareholders, who
have already contributed to pay for
resource consent and detailed
design work. The offer will be open
until October 31.
House values up
Selwyn had the highest average
house value in the Canterbury
region in August, Quotable Value
figures show. Values were up 9.4
per cent to an average of
$473,600 in Selwyn district over
the past year.
New Zealand's average house
value is now $448,929, a rise of
8.5 per cent in the past 12
Sharing info in disaster
By MAT KERMEEN
READY RESPONSE: Weedons Community Response Team, Pete Holmes, Greg
Dawson, Nigel Odering and Marie Mallon, are well prepared to deal with an
FLOOD RESPONSE: Selwyn Gets Ready was used in the Leeston Floods
earlier this year.
THREE YEARS on from the Sept-
ember quake, the Selwyn District
Council is encouraging people to
get on board with a new website
designed to share information
that will help communities when
another disaster strikes.
Selwyn Gets Ready has been
created to help communities work
together to support their neigh-
bourhoods, and more than 2600
people have already signed up.
Originally designed by Dave
Askin, of Hororata, it offers a
chance for the people of Selwyn to
prepare themselves and make a
difference in their communities.
The website securely stores
information to help co-ordinate a
safe and effective response to an
Information stored by Selwyn
Gets Ready can only be accessed
by the council's emergency
response team and the local
neighbourhood response team.
The council's community
response co-ordinator, Sue Jen-
kins, said the new website will
provide communities with the
tools to help look after themselves
in a major disaster.
With parts of Selwyn being so
isolated, it could be weeks, rather
than days, before help arrives.
Ms Jenkins said the council is
asking for the people of Selwyn to
They are then encouraged to
spread the word and get others in
their neighbourhood on board.
Community response teams are
currently distributing question-
naires throughout the district to
find out what people would
require in a disaster and also
what they could offer.
The website maps out who is
reliant on power or other needs
that neighbourhood street co-
ordinators need to be aware of.
The questionnaire also maps
out who has skills and resources
that would be useful in a major
event, and documents who has
generators or other machinery
and equipment that could be
needed in a disaster.
Ms Jenkins said the over-
whelming response so far has
been positive, with people willing
to pool their resources, if needed,
to help out their communities.
Selwyn Gets Ready works on a
structure of community response
teams that report to the council's
emergency response team.
The role of the system's
designated street co-ordinators is
to be on the front line, checking on
neighbours and seeing what the
needs are of the community or
what they can offer.
They then report back to the
community response team, which
reports to the council emergency
response team with a description
of exactly what the situation is.
The consolidated information is
then distributed back to the
residents of the community via
the street co-ordinators.
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