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Versatile day enjoyed by all
The Cust Equestrian group ran its popular
Le Cust versatility day for horses and
riders on Sunday. More than 50 horses
and riders of all ages took part, including
some in very creative fancy dress. They
were faced with an eight kilometre trail
ride, a dressage test, and gymkhana
events. The day was well received by all
and was won by the Harlequin team: Sue
Billigheimer riding Footprint and Dianne
Lintott riding Southern Velvet.
Bridge closed for works
The Old Waimakariri Bridge near Kaiapoi
was closed for one to two days from
Monday afternoon, to ensure safety
during earthquake strengthening work.
The props supporting the bridge structure
need to be removed and reconfigured.
The repairs, being undertaken by Fulton
Hogan, began last month and are a joint
project between Waimakariri District
Council and Christchurch City Council.
Moratorium in the balance
Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers said the
council's request for a moratorium on
fracking would remain, despite the
release of an interim report on the issue
last week by the Parliamentary
Commissioner for the Environment.
Commissioner Dr Jan Wright concluded
she did not think a moratorium was
''justified at present''. The report also
referred to work by the British Royal
Society which found environmental risks
associated with fracking could be
managed effectively, provided operational
best practices were implemented and
enforced through regulation. Mr Ayers
said the council would wait until more
information came forward about how
operational controls could be managed
before changing its position.
Rangiora's oldest commercial building,
housing Capone's Restaurant at 257
High St, received a Landmarks plaque at
a ceremony on Monday. The building was
erected in 1872 and first housed
Hunnibells Bootmakers. ''In these days
of a lot of heritage disappearing in
Canterbury, we want to acknowledge what
we have left,'' said Mayor Ayers.
Days numbered for decrepit
building at unpopular beach
By CATE BROUGHTON
SURF'S OVER?: A council committee has recommended demolishing the Pines Beach Surf Lifesaving
Club. Pictured are Angus and Jackie Watson, the club's former president and secretary.
DEMOLITION OF the Pines Beach Surf
Club has been recommended by a Wai-
makariri District Council committee -- and
the club s founder supports the move.
Angus Watson was instrumental in estab-
lishing the now defunct club, even helping to
design the building which was opened in
When you look at it, it should go. It s an
eyesore and a club will never be formed here
again because it s an unpopular beach, he
The council was to vote on the recommen-
dation after the Northern Outlook went to
Mr Watson said he was encouraged to
rebuild a surf life saving club at the beach
after the father of a friend at a club in
Christchurch told him there had been an
active club there in the 1930s.
But Pines Beach in those days -- you
couldn t move for the people.
Jackie Watson was the club secretary and
the pair were involved in the fundraising
and management of the club for 38 years.
But a change in focus to sailing took them
away from the club and they said the
enthusiasm for the sport began to wane as
early as the mid 1970s.
Members of the Pines-Kairaki Residents
Association had mixed feelings about the
proposal to demolish the building, which has
been unoccupied for many years and been a
target for vandalism. Peter Robinson said
the association reluctantly accepted the
demolition would have to go ahead.
We are sad to see it go because once it
goes, it will be hard to get back.
Another association member and former
Pines Beach Surf Lifesaving Club member,
John Cooke, said the building began falling
into disrepair during the 1980s when the
club treasurer embezzled club funds.
Canterbury Surf Lifesaving Club took res-
ponsibility for the building but did not
renew the lease for the land -- owned by the
Waimakariri District Council -- and it then
became the council s asset.
Mr Cooke said despite efforts to re-
establish the club in the 1990s, it proved too
difficult to get enough community support.
The Kaiapoi Community Board was
advised it would cost at least $160,000 to
repair the building and restore facilities.
The community and recreation committee,
which recommended the demolition of the
surf lifesaving club, supported the installa-
tion of toilet facilities at the beach, which
would cost an estimated $80,000.
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