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Recently, the farmers iii the district were circularised by the Mt. Hutt Road Board, which asked the following question: "Do you favour the Mt. Hutt district becoming a separate County with the centre at Mefchven." Out of 200 only one replied in the negative. One farmer remarked to the writer that district land-owners were strongly in favour of the abolition of road boards, and were most desirous of having their own government. The amount collected in rates every year was about £4000, and of this about £2000 went to the County Council. None or very little of this latter sum, he stated, was expended in the Methven district. Questioned regarding the water supply, in the event of a separate county being formed, our informant stated that the consensus of opinion was that the races should bo controlled by water boards, with representation according to the capital value of each district. The Canterbury Progress League is arranging for a special lecture to be : given by Mr..G. H. Holfowl, B.Ag., on i the night of the public meeting to be held in ' connection with the electric lighting. It is the intention of the League to form a branch of the larmiers' bureau, which is described as an educational movement, whereby farmers and others interested- in the subject of primary products may meet at regular intervals, especially during the winter months, for the purpose of hearing lectures on subjects to be given by ex-. perts. ;

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ROAD BOARDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919

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ROAD BOARDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919

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