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Have your say on the Selwyn Port Hills Fire Recovery Discussion Document

Thursday, May 18, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: consultation, recovery, emergencies, planning

Selwyn District Council media release: 18th May 2017

A draft Discussion Document and Recovery Plan for the Selwyn area affected by the fire is now available. Comments on the draft plan are open until Friday 26th May 2017. Send your comments to recovery[at]

Download the Port Hills Fire Recovery Discussion Document from the Selwyn District Council [PDF]. This document to guide the future recovery of the Selwyn area affected by the Port Hills fire.

A meeting was held for property owners in the Port Hills area in late March to discuss how the risk of fires in the area could be reduced in the future. Property owners provided valuable feedback which has been used to help develop Selwyn’s draft recovery plan.

The Council’s Recovery Team is continuing to work with families affected by the Port Hills Fire by offering assistance and advice as well as helping with advocacy to other organisations. Reseeding work has been coordinated and carried out in this area by the community. A number of skips have been placed in the Port Hills area by the Council to make clean-up work easier for families.

Aerial re-seeding has also been undertaken on some of the private land within the Christchurch City area, with volunteers also helping to clean up rubbish in the Sugarloaf to Cass Peak area.

The New Zealand Fire Service and the National Rural Fire Authority have appointed Australian Firefighter Alan Goodwin to lead the fire operational review. Alan has 25 years’ experience including working as the Chief Fire Officer for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria. He will be joined by New Zealand Fire Service National Operation Efficiency Manager Trevor Brown and Auckland Council Principal Rural Fire Officer Bryan Cartelle on the review. An operational review is carried out after all major fires. It is hoped the findings will be released in around October this year.

View from the Port Hills showing some of the fire damage.

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