The Ashburton District Council issued 138 consents for wood burners last month, and has another 242 applications to process, after an influx ahead of the low emission wood burner deadline. Residents seeking to install a low emission wood burners had until October 31 to apply for a Solid Fuel Heater consent. From now, people with a wood burner more than 15 years old, can only apply to install an ultra-low emission wood burner, following an ECan decision to phase out old style wood burners in the Ashburton Clear Air Zone. Those with a consent will have one year to begin work to install their low emission wood burner, and another year to compete the work.
WIN FOR WALL
Ashburton College rowing sensation Veronica Wall has achieved back-to-back triumphs in the Aoraki Secondary School sports awards, again named female sportsperson of the year. Rowing took out a number of awards, with the Ashburton College girls’ under-18 coxed four (Grace Wilson, Mollie Gibson, Olivia Gibson, Emma Jansen and Wall) named team of the year, while Ashburton College rowing coach Justin Wall won coach of the year.
NEW ALL BLACK
Mid Canterbury can officially lay claim to another All Black. Rakaia’s Tim Perry made his debut for the All Blacks at the weekend, coming off the bench against the Barbarians at Twickenham, in the UK. The prop, who is the son of another of Mid Canterbury’s former All Blacks Grant Perry, currently plays for the Tasman Makos in the Mitre 10 Cup, and Super Rugby for the Crusaders. The 29-year-old last played for Mid Canterbury in the 2010 Heartland Championship, before making the move to Marlborough.