The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

It’s a tough time in Ash­hurst at the mo­ment, with the Manawatu Gorge clo­sure forc­ing hun­dreds of trav­ellers down the town’s streets.

I’ve heard from sev­eral res­i­dents frus­trated with the noise and speed of cars tak­ing over their usu­ally peace­ful street.

But not only this, the mighty Manawatu River has rav­aged the area and a hefty bill is com­ing our way to sort out the is­sues at the Ash­hurst Do­main.

A large chunk of the do­main has been gouged out, thou­sands of na­tive trees have been washed away and tracks and car parks have been de­stroyed.

Now fol­lows a lot of work from the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil to sal­vage what’s left and to pro­tect the rest - some­thing one res­i­dent be­lieves could’ve been done two years ago.

Hope­fully the ero­sion can be stopped in its tracks.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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