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July 2018

Great news for Belfast and Casebrook residents was the announcement that due to the overwhelming response the 107 and 108 bus routes are not being axed.

Constituents met with me to voice their concerns when they heard these routes were at risk under Environment Canterbury’s proposed new options for public transport. They were worried about our elderly becoming socially isolated. One constituent told me she had deliberately bought her house on the bus route for her retirement. Getting to medical appointments and being able to go shopping were other concerns.

Most public transport systems are subsidised as there is a recognition of the need to provide transport options. Solutions need to balance the best use of funding against providing these services.

The 107 is retained but will run hourly and the 108 has been absorbed into an extended 28 service that will have the same, or better, frequency and a direct route to the central city. For details go to Metro Christchurch‘s website and look under the News tab.

Well done to everyone who made their voices heard.

I am holding a public meeting to have a conversation about the steps we need to take as a country to transition to a low-carbon economy. Climate Change Spokesperson Todd Muller and a local solar energy business operator will be throwing up some ideas at the “Zero Carbon Bill Yes? No? Maybe?” public meeting on Friday 3 August at 7 pm in the Kaiapoi Club.

Please join us for this important debate.

I have lodged my petition to save the Belfast to Pegasus Motorway extension in Parliament. This planned highway is the logical next step to the undisputed gains made by the Western Belfast Bypass. I am urging the Government to not let our residents down with the final stages of this important corridor.

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