Horowhenua Mail : May 26th 2011
Reflecting your community THURSDAY, May 26, 2011 Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (06) 368 6009 -- Fax (06) 368 6011 -- email@example.com IN BRIEF What is their quest? page 3 Got the biscuits, now the cash page 7 Lifestylers big day out page 38 INSIDE Crash on bridge A man strolling along a highway bridge on Sunday afternoon has been blamed for causing a crash. Police said the man walked across the Manakau State Highway 1 bridge, despite there being no footpath, about 3pm. Sergeant Dereck Turvey said the pedestrian caused drivers to panic resulting in a nose to tail crash. He said the incident was also a classic case of people not adjusting to the conditions, given the road was wet. ''It may be a 100kmh zone but it is not always prudent to do that speed.'' The pedestrian was arrested and appeared in court on Monday charged with breaching bail conditions in Auckland. He was bailed to an Auckland address. Tagging arrest Police have arrested a teenager suspected of being involved in a graffiti spree, tagging buildings in Levin, after he tagged his own fence. Police spoke to the 17-year-old on Monday morning after matching graffiti to the tags on his fence. Sergeant Dereck Turvey said the youth was at the centre of an investigation into tagging which had been occurring all over Levin for the last two weeks. Full steam ahead: Levin Adventure Park Trust treasurer Allan Birrell in the new Thomas the Tank Engine installed as part of the park's upgrade. Fresher, safer adventure park By KARA LOK Levin Adventure Park s $220,000 upgrade is underway and work has begun installing a new mouse wheel, a flying fox, a stage and a set of swings for people with dis- abilities. The Horowhenua District Coun- cil provided $120,000 towards the project, due for completion in early July, with $100,000 coming from the Horowhenua Community Trust. Levin Adventure Park Trust treasurer Allan Birrell said since the park opened five years ago it had become a travel destination, attracting people from all over New Zealand. He expects the upgrade to result in more visitors, which is good for Levin. Changes had to be made to the park after a health and safety audit two years ago identified some safety hazards, he said. The six metre-high flying fox was three metres too high, chil- dren could stick their fingers in the mouse wheel s shaft as it turned and there was not enough padding underneath play areas, he said. The disability swings will allow people to be transferred from their wheel chairs into the swing and strapped in. Installing a four by five metre deck, equipped with a power port, beside the kiosk will enable bands to play every Sunday. Most of the equipment is being re-painted, including a new stationary train which is decked out as Thomas the Tank Engine, to give the park a fresh look. Mr Birrell said the district council was taking over the main- tenance of the park from the trust so it could concentrate on develop- ment. The next step was instal- ling exercise equipment developed in England for the elderly, such as a cross trainer and a treadmill that run on the user s motion, he said. Meeting hot on water By KARA LOK A Horizons regional councillor was confronted by members of the Horowhenua Residents and Rate- payers Association last week demanding to know what the council is doing to address the region s water woes. Horowhenua-Kairanga council- lor Colleen Sheldon spoke at the association s annual meeting about the role she plays in trying to preserve and restore Horowhenua and Manawatu water resources. She said she is doing all she can to persuade fellow councillors to protect the Manawatu River and stop farmers from dumping efflu- ent and run-off into the river. When I first started as a coun- cillor [last year] 936 farmers had effluent discharge consents, now only two have consents to dis- charge effluent. She said the solution to dealing with the region s water woes was to improve sub-standard infra- structure and continue to implement Horizons sustainable land use initiative, where trees are replanted on high country farms to prevent erosion. We are continually taking the ambulance-at-the-end-of-the-cliff approach instead of looking what caused the problem, underground water management. She said councils and the Environment Court should not be granting resource consents for developers to build homes in swamp lands and areas at high risk of flooding. They are taking a balance sheet [money-making] approach. She said she was not speaking on behalf of Horizons Regional Council, but as a Horowhenua resident. Mrs Sheldon s speech did little to ease the concerns of some association members, who questioned her on why more was not being done to improve the state of the Manawatu River and Levin s water management infra- structure. Foxton Beach member Byron Kindell said he could not under- stand why large amounts of silt, farm run-off and effluent were still making it into the river. He said if farmers are unwilling to help themselves then why should society help them and pro- vide the trees to prevent silt mak- ing it into the river. Levin s John Owen said it was ridiculous that every time Levin is hit by heavy rain, the water treat- ment plant overflows and residents are forced to boil their water. Michelle Raill wanted to know how many of the 40,000 trees Horizons promised to plant under its sustainable land use initiative have been planted. She said it was time the council took action because the erosion of the farm land surrounding the Manawatu River had resulted in vast amounts of silt being washed into the river. Just talking about it doesn t make a difference. Mrs Sheldon said she was unsure how many trees had been planted and said that trees don t just suddenly appear .
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