The Selwyn District as a unit of government was formed in 1989 from a legislated merger of the Malvern and Ellesmere counties, along with a portion of Paparua County.
The town of Lincoln like many rural towns has a strong community heart. With the more recent expansion following the 2010 Earthquakes the town has had exponential growth. This hasn’t overwhelmed the town’s heart; it appears to have strengthened it. By walking around the town it soon becomes evident these folk are very friendly and welcoming and most seem only too happy to embrace the town’s new population. With people going out of their way to make eye contact and engage in conversation, Lincoln optimizes the spirit of small town New Zealand.
Lincoln has many interesting community involvements one which stands out for me is "The Lincoln Community Garden" which is part of a growing network of community gardens throughout New Zealand. What impresses me; this project hasn’t just recently happened due to the fashionable trend of developing gardens in and around a town. It was established way back in 1997 by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust way. Lincoln indeed has a very bright future. There are lots of plans for the towns centre with a number of interesting developments to meet the needs of its growing population. One new project well underway and will hopefully be ready before Christmas is a bar and restaurant called "The Laboratory" This promises to be an innovative build using many recycled materials. The owners of this new business are the same people that owned the renowned and legendary establishment called The Twisted Hop in Poplar Street central city Christchurch posts earthquake of 2010.
Look out for my next post.