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A conferences of representatives of local bodies was held at the Christchuroh Drainage Board's office on Wednesday to consider the matter of drainage in the ElUsmere country districts. Mr K. M. D. Morten sidedIt was stated that as the position was at present, districts in the Ellesmere Drainage Board's rating area had to clean their own drains, while, according to a legal opinion received, the expenditure was not a proper one, and could not legally be mado. After some discussion, Mr Coop moved— "That the Drainage Board be asked to take over the lake drainage, and that the different counties take over drainage affairs in their districts. The chairman said he could not accept the motion, A speaker said that at present a great deal of country was being drained into Lake Ellesmere, bnt no provision was made for a permanent outlet from the lake. In reply to a question, the chairman said that what was desired from tbe meeting was an expression as to whether the countieß wanted the Drainage Aot amended allowing the different counties to undertake drainage work in their own distriotF, It was oontended, however, that the better plan would be for the one body to look after the drains.

Mr Tatterson moved—"That in the opinion of the conference, the Ellesmere Land Drainage Board take over tbe responsibilities as enjoined upon tbem by Act of Parliament." Mr J. Cunningham propoffl' |Q amendment— ;That the Aot be so i_M " d 'ha' the area under tht» jurisdiction < 11 Board should be tbe high water mark f % c lake and that' tbe Bonrd ebould clei _ |bs drains in that area add keep the outlet < pen." The amendment was lost, alßo the motion, and i was dedided to request tbo Drainage Board to take steps to have the Act amended po that the Board w uld return to their orig- , inal constitution, by which they wen respon" i sible only for the river and the lake outlet.

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ELLESMERE DRAIN AGE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3403, 5 March 1915

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ELLESMERE DRAIN AGE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3403, 5 March 1915

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