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On Tuesday morning the Hon. W. H. Herriee, Minister of Railways, ar rived in Little River by special train about 11 am. The party. included the General Manager (Mr E. H. Hiley) the Chief Engineer (Mr J. Burnett), the Chief Traffic Manager (Mi H; Buxton), the District Traffic Manager, and District Engineer and Inspector. Mr J. 0. C. Gebbie received a wire from the H0n..8, H. Rhodes on Monday evening stating that the Minister would arrive by special train at Little River on Tuesday, and this would give Motukarara residents an opportunity to explain to the Minister the additions required at tbo station. A deputation, consisting of Mr W H. Montgomery, and the following members of the Wairewa County Council—Messrs J. 0, Qogp (chair man), W, F. Parkinson, J. 0 0 Gebbie, T. Feather, J F. Buchanan, J. Johnson, T. Thompson and the County Clerk (Mr T. Qaealy)- waited on the Minister at Little River MOTUKARARA STATION.

Mr J. 0 0. QebUe, on behalf of the residents ad Motukarara, explained that the siding accommodation at this station was most inadequate. The platform, loading station and aid ing were far too small for the requirements in harvest time. There were numbers of special traine tp the Motu karara Domain, especially on the occasion of the Akaroa County Baoing Plub'e annual meeting, and these blocked alt Laffio. He said when there was a stock frain loading far mere could not load their grain oh the trucks, because the whole aiding was occupied, and they could not get the waggon alongside the siding, The question of providing better loading facilities for racehorses was also placed before the Minister, and it was explained that, on the occasion of the racea at Motukarara, many owners

would not send taorsbH, because tbu present loading facilities were so inadequate. KAITUNA STATION.

Messrs T. Quealy and W. F. Parkinson, on behalf, of the Kaituna resident*, placed the following'requests before the Minister for irn provements at Bt«(.ion : — The platform wanted extending at the west side and a goods shed erected. A most necessary adjunct for, the winter months was- a light' at; this

station, aud at' Mofukarara,


would be a small matter, as tbe caretaker could look after tbn light for half Hu hour during-train time, Tbe Minister, in reply, paid be would topke a thorough in-pection of (•he.'Kaituna and Motukarara s;at!una on his return journey.


Mr T. Quealy, the W'airpwa Gnunty Clerk, tbon rear! Mr R. J Fleming's letter to the Council rw the trucking facilities at the Little River nation. The lett6r is ac follows :—"I should like to draw your attention to the un satisfactory trucking arrangements at the Little Kiver railway station Ihi? being an election year, I thick we ought to agitate for a second trucking yard. There have been over 92,000 sheep trucked this year, and I feel certain that there will be from four to five thousand more from Port Levy tjexf year. As it is at present sheep, cattle and pigs are all trucked through the same race, which Causes a great deal of delay " Tbe deputation pointed out that there was not nearly enough accom nidation at the Little River trucking siding, and a new yard was in gently required. ,

The Minister said the Railway De pftrtment would extend the trucking siding at Little River right across Stanbury's road, provided the Wairewa County had no objection, and would build another trucking yard for sbeep:

The members of fcbe Council agreed to let (hG Department extend the siding across Stanbury's road,' pro vided no trucks were left standing oo the road.

After partaking of lunch at f ittle River the Minister and party left at about noon for Soutbbridge.

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VISIT OF MINISTER OF RAILWAYS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4396, 15 May 1914

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VISIT OF MINISTER OF RAILWAYS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4396, 15 May 1914

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