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I agree with Hori­zons chair­man Bruce Gor­don and his as­ser­tion the Gov­ern­ment should have been more pre­pared for an­other large slip in the Manawatu Gorge.

It’s been five years since the last big slip and clo­sure and prom­ises were made to up­grade the al­ter­na­tive routes.

That’s been hap­pen­ing but not quickly enough and now we’ve found our­selves in a predica­ment yet again with sub­stan­dard roads over the Pahiatua Track and Sad­dle Road.

I re­ally hope this time they do come up with a suit­able long-term op­tion so this doesn’t hap­pen ev­ery few years.

Our com­mu­ni­ties here and neigh­bours in Tararua will be suf­fer­ing while the road is closed and the Gov­ern­ment scram­bles to fix some­thing that could have been avoided had quicker ac­tion been taken.

On a lighter note, it’s great to see the re­sult of the Lions sup­port­ers tour in Palmer­ston North has boosted our tourism econ­omy.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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