From Your Mayor
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