From Your Mayor

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING -

Tena ko­tou s greet­ings to you all

The Supreme win­ners of last yearos Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards proved their worth when coun­cil­lors, guests and trans­port agency of­fi­cials boarded a trip through the Manawatu Gorge last week­end.

The Pahiatua Rail­car So­ci­ety, hav­ing re­stored a pToko­maru 31q rail­car, of­fer oc­ca­sional trips through the Gorge.

Labour Week­endos trip was booked out well in ad­vance and cer­tainly of­fered the best views, help­ing pas­sen­gers gain bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the closed road and on­go­ing slips.

The Gorge has a whop­ping 72 bridges and we could view the struc­tures be­low the road from the rail­car.

At Ker­ryos Wall, sig­nif­i­cant damage was ev­i­dent, and while move­ment has slowed in this area, the now vis­i­ble gabion wall is al­most ver­ti­cal, a real vis­ual for me of the tremen­dous power be­hind the land­slide.

A huge rock to the side of this shows cracks and we were in­formed this would likely fall within two years.

It was a good re­minder of the chal­lenge that ex­ists when deal­ing with na­ture and con­firmed to me that this road will not be re-opened.

Tick­ets can be bought from i-SITE in Woodville for the next sched­uled trip through the Gorge on Satur­day 29th De­cem­ber.

The Tararua Dis­trict is well con­nected by rail and of­fers much po­ten­tial for tourism.

The his­toric Or­mondville Sta­tion is not only beau­ti­ful but of­fers unique bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The re­cently-es­tab­lished Woodville Rail­way Trust has con­tin­ued work al­ready started to re­store the Woodville Sta­tion with plans to in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion also.

Thanks to our won­der­ful vol­un­teers who bring their pas­sion and skill.

Noho ora mai s all the best, Tracey Col­lis

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