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Bev’s best brew

Bev Geange, a resident of Arvida Lauriston Park in Cambridge, helping café assistant Reuben Hunt make her double flat white.

What better way to start last Sunday’s International Coffee Day than with a brew you’ve had a hand in making?  Bev Geange, a resident of Arvida Lauriston Park in Cambridge, helped café assistant Reuben Hunt make her double flat white for the occasion.  International Coffee Day, marked globally on or around October 1, started in 2015 and is intended to celebrate coffee as a beverage while raising awareness around the plight of coffee growers in some parts of the world.

Voting starts

Voting papers ready for their two ticks.

Early voting opened this week with a steady stream of people taking advantage of the opportunity to cast their votes in advance. Cambridge booths are in the Town Hall, Hautapu Rugby Club and Raleigh Street Christian Centre while in Te Awamutu they are at Pak’n Save and the Te Awamutu Scout Hall

Domain feedback

All aboard: Allen Edwards rings the bell to set driver Warren Gauge on his way with the next train laden with passengers while queues of people wait patiently for another train. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

The Cambridge Model Engineering Society, which runs miniature trains around Leamington Domain, is calling on supporters to provide feedback on the domain’s master plan. Spokesperson Bruce Casey said while the plans were years away, it was important users make Waipā District Council aware of the trains’ importance. An open day will be held at the domain on October 15 from 11am-2pm. Consultation closes at 5pm on October 20.

Commissioners added

Fourteen commissioners have been selected to be considered for Waipā District Council planning work, up from the previous pool of nine. Those commissioners are Robert van Voorthuysen, Philip Mitchell, Simon Berry, Steven Wilson, Richard Blakey, David Hill, Dave Sarjeant, Karyn Sinclair, Poto Davies, Peter Kensington, Tim Manukau, Alan Pattle, Vicki Morrison Shaw and Sharon De Luca.

Good signs

Signs like this for the Lions Trash ‘N’ Treasure market in Cambridge is becoming a town of signs are permitted at this site at the town entrance because they comply with rules. Photo: Mary Anne Gill

The Lions Club of Cambridge took issue with the placement of a photo of one of their trash and treasure promotional signs in our page one lead story on September 17 headed “Signs in the firing line”. The story referred to commercial signs and those erected by groups from outside Cambridge appearing in the town centre which had raised the ire of the Chamber of Commerce. The News is happy to confirm there was no intention to implicate the Lions, whose work is a valuable and welcome bonus for all communities, in this issue.

Gambling

Pokies in Waipā will continue to be capped at 232 machines and transferred if the operator moves to a new venue. Council’s Strategic Planning and Policy committee confirmed this week the 2019 Gambling Policy will be rolled over despite 53 per cent of respondents to a survey saying there should be a sinking lid.

Vaping

A Cambridge school principal has called on the new government to change the legislation around vaping to make it available by prescription only. Speaking at Waipā District Council’s Strategic Planning and Policy committee this week, councillor and Cambridge Primary principal Mike Pettit called for the legislation to happen “overnight”. “In schools, vaping is an epidemic, a disaster, particularly in our intermediate, middle and high schools,” he said.

Consent granted

Waikato Regional Council has granted Cambridge’s planned $100 million wastewater plant a 35 year resource consent. The plant will treat and discharge wastewater from Cambridge,
Leamington, Hautapu and Karāpiro Domain. It will replace a plant which has operated for half a century.

Loo repair

The burnt out toilet block

Work has started to repair Cambridge’s Thornton Rd toilets which were torched by an arsonist in April. The rebuild is expected to take nine weeks.

Runners’ talk

Cambridge athletes Chris Atkinson and Hughie Castle will give a free interview-style presentation on their recent successes at global running events in France and Antarctica respectively from 6pm on Friday October 20 at the Cambridge Library.

Cambridge News stats

Our home page continues to be the most popular part on cambridgenews.nz taking out top place ahead of Welcome to Sir Patrick’s village in second and the online version of our  newspaper in third. Advertising signs in the firing line was the fourth best read story and Cam Roigard: from speedway to All Black rounded out the top five.

Contract extended

Cyclone Gabrielle damage

Waipā’s District Council’s contract with Treescape Limited has been extended to late 2025. Trees are inspected on a four-yearly cycle, and some are inspected and maintained more frequently. Waipā District Council’s community services manager Brad Ward said Treescape had “worked above and beyond” to respond to almost 300 customer requests following Cyclone Gabrielle.

Curtain Up

A cast of 50 Waikato secondary school students will take to the stage from tomorrow for the National Youth Theatre’s production of the Little Mermaid Jr. The performance runs at the Clarence St Theatre in Hamilton from tomorrow to Sunday. When Disney sells licensing to their shows, the company sometimes produce Jr versions which have shorter scripts.

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