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The interest taken in local elections is not nearly as keen as it ought to be, and in most cases the ratepayer is a person who criticises the doings of a Eoad Board very freely during the membei'd term of office, and then fails to have enough interest in the election to register bis vote. From time to' time different sections of the Road Board districts protest that their interests are not fully considered, and while they pay their rate 3 annually tbey receive no beneficial return infcbe way of road improvements to their district. If thi3 is so, then the mem bar for the district who repnssnfs j them must be overlooking their in terests; and their wisest plan is to put forward a candidate who will deal with their interests. It is marvellous to us, however, how few men come forward fora Road Board elec tion, and how much good is done by the willing few who undertake the thankless arid arduous work of local body men. These men spend a great deal of their time in the interests of the public, and probably have only their meals and horse-feed paid — very often not even that— and yet members of these local bodies seldom receive the recognition of their services which 13 due to them. It certainly seems to us that the work of carrying on Road, Board duties should be shifted from time to time from one ratepayer to another. This would mean a much extended knowledge of local body work among the men of the district. The knowledge obtainable on a Road Board is derived from the members becoming conversant with the statutes and routine work, which extends the knowledge of the ordinary layman veiy considerably. There is no doubt about it that in a district like the Peninsula so scattered and cut off by high hills into email bays that a large representation is wanted, almost a member for every little bay to really cope satisfactorily with each bay's requirements. The Road Boards on Banks Peninsula certainly hare done splendid work, and as time goes on it will nut be a great many .years before every bay has its metalled road leading to it that will be fit for motoring, Wfcen one looks back the space of ten years, and compares the roads of that

time, it is almost astounding to note the good work the Boards have done and are still doing. Clay roads, which were up to a horse's fetlock in mud, and almost impassable in winter/have now fine metal surfaces. Tbi3 has been mainly brought about by the employment of the Akaroa County Council's crushing plant, instead of the old tedious and expensive method of napping metal. "We certainly think that the Road Boards are doing splendid work, and that the men whc sit on them are deserving of tht greatest praise and thanks from the ratepayers. If the ratepayers con sider they are not getting a square deal from the member representing them, they should not let him be reelected unopposed, and then complain of his shortcomings, but they should seek out a ratepayer who i 3 willing to gtand for their interests, and make him their representative,

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PENINSULA ROAD BOARD ELECTIONS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4392, 1 May 1914, Incorrect date

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PENINSULA ROAD BOARD ELECTIONS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4392, 1 May 1914, Incorrect date

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