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the master builders
Projects vie for council cash
By ANNA PRICE
LET'S GO: Linda Stewart is leading the thrust for a cash injection in the east.
TOP RIGHT: Central New Brighton swimming pools.
CENTRAL NEW Brighton School
pool could be making a splash for
a bit longer, if a Burwood Pegasus
Community Board proposal gains
traction at a special meeting in
New Brighton tomorrow.
A bid to nail $465,000 from a
one-off city council fund for pro-
jects in the eastern suburbs will
be aired at a meeting of seven
community board chairs in the
All want a bite of the council s
capital endowment fund which
stands at almost $100 million.
Burwood Pegasus chairwoman
Linda Stewart is unequivocal
about her quake-hit ward s
Number one is to address the
urgent need for swimming facili-
ties in the east while the council
considers a replacement to the
She said the quickest and most
productive strategy was to make
the 25m Central New Brighton
School pool operational for Learn
to Swim and community access. A
grant of $35,000 would cover life-
guard services, chemicals and
Central New Brighton is slotted
to merge with South New Bright-
on School at its Estuary Rd site at
the beginning of next year in the
Education Ministry shake-up.
A further grant of $150,000 is
also sought to respond to security
and anti-social issues in the New
Brighton business district.
This is an exciting prospect, as
this would be the first significant
community-led strategy involving
Renew Brighton, New Brighton
Project, Grace Vineyard, Project
Employment (PEEEP) Trust and
the New Brighton Business and
Landowners Association, Mrs
projects led by residents associ-
ations and PEEEP Trust are also
on the table.
Another $100,000 would trans-
form quake-damaged zones into
landscaped beauty spots or a
unique community garden.
Some $60,000 is also sought for
a rental meeting place for Dalling-
ton similar to the Southshore
The rest of the ward s share
would be to support Southshore
Community House, repair tennis
courts and help organisations that
support community safety.
The requests will go to the coun-
cil after board heads appraise
each others projects.
Dairy owner follows departing red-zoners west
RED-ZONE RELOCATION: Eastern
suburbs dairy owner Gary McQuilkan
is moving west.
By GARY MOODY
AN EASTERN suburbs red-zone
dairy owner is heading west as
the area around him is slowly
Bexley retailer Gary McQuilkan
is shifting to Waltham after two
years on Pages Rd.
will be moving in a couple of
weeks, when the details of his new
lease are finalised.
In the last year, as the red
zoners have drifted away, busi-
ness has gone down 80 per cent.
Mr McQuilkan traded in New
Brighton Mall for seven years
before the February 22 earth-
quake shut his shop. He moved to
Bexley, but did not see a return to
the mall as an option, despite
plans for its revitalisation.
He has little faith that the mall
will change, but said if it did it
would be a double-edged sword for
him because he probably could not
afford to be there if it was
The New Brighton shop was his
first foray into retail. Things
seemed busy when he saw it in
summer, but hard winters kicked
in.Another shop selling the same
products next door cut his trade
and, coupled with a bad element
in the area, had left him already
looking to move before the shake.
It had been difficult to find suit-
able premises, but the Waltham
store was on a busy road and he
looked forward to the move.
New Brighton Mall business
owner Nikki Griffin said the area
was in transition, but there were
opportunities, despite the loss of
trade from residents moving out.
There was a positive outlook in
Access had improved to New
Brighton, with Pages Rd being
She was confident events such
as the markets would attract
New Brighton was a unique
area and would be renewed, and
since the earthquakes there was
more of a can-do attitude, she
Slow OIA response
The Earthquake Commission has
received more than 4000 Official
Information Act requests since the
Christchurch earthquakes began,
and homeowners are now waiting
up to five months for a response.
About 1000 of the requests are
still active. The requests could
include vital information about
properties and claims which could
affect the decisions of
homeowners faced with insurance
decisions and land zonings.
No drugs found
A suspected drug lab in an
abandoned Burwood property
turned out to be less sinister than
anticipated. Police entered the
property on Tuesday but found
only empty glass beakers and
other items. The clan lab team
found no evidence of chemicals on
the site. Detective Senior
Sergeant Tony Hill said reports of
clan labs were taken very seriously
and were worth checking. Police
were keeping a close eye on red-
zone and abandoned properties
and encouraged the public to
notify them of suspicious activity.
Sockburn EcoSort is opening its
doors to allow Cantabrians to
learn more about where their
collected recycling goes. The
facility processes about 25 tonnes
of recyclables every hour. The
open day runs Saturday, March
16, 9am-noon at the EcoSort
facility, 21 Parkhouse Rd,
Sockburn. Wear sturdy shoes and
The State Kiwi Swim Safe
programme is offering free
swimming togs to needy children.
The initiative began when swim
safe advisers noticed many
children learning to swim in school
pools did not have togs, and were
swimming in street clothes not
suited to the water. The togs have
been donated and the programme
is now hoping to distribute the
items before the next swimming
season. To nominate a school or
individual, contact Swim Safe
adviser Tracey Hickman,
021 534 388.
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