The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY. JUNE 11, 1915. COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY FOR THE PENINSULA.
The utilising of Lake Coleridge ourrept by re-idents of Banks Peninsula has been disousaed a great deal of late, and the absence of the necessary data is hampering any defi nite estimate being made as the actual uses to which the Coleridge power might be put. It Beems apperent, however, that a very large supply of power could be utilised on Banks Peninsula for house lighting and indust-ia] uses, and all that la lacked is combined action in investigating the requirements of the district. The public bodice on Banks Penineula have been notified that Mr Birke, the Publio Workß engineer, who is In charge of the Coleridge scheme, will visit tho j suls Bhortly with a view to placing before reeidente the actual cost of transmitting power and light end what the Government is preparfd to do in the matter. We certainly think that preliminary meetings should be held in the different districts and eleot dele-
gfltes for a combined Peninsula deputation to meet Mr Birks. Then tba proposition could be tackled in a big way instead of eaoh district approaohing the Department with their requirements. In faot, the whole Peninsula oould be declared a rateable are* that would embraoe all those districts re. qniring to tap the Lake Coleridge syetem, and no doubt this would be the most econo. mioalwayof eonDeoting up the Peninsula This has been done in the Hea'hoote Valley, and the of Tai Tapu and sur. rounding distriota'have done much the same thing by receiving the power through the Tai Tapu Dairy Company. It is probable that the line will be carried on to far as Poranui for the OhrisbrraTißlr%|fl3bunoir» etone quarry at the Devil's Kno&,ind this would assist in the ocet of connecting up Banks Peninsula. We oertainly tbink the Peninsula people should stir themselves if they wish to take definite aotion, and form a committee that can investigate the whole matter thoroughly. The Coleridge soheme is not inexhaustible, and too mnoh delay may mean that the supply is not available Everyone knows the many advantages that are associated with eleotrio light and power, and if tho Peninsula can gat their eleotricity at a reasonable prioe from the Department, they should not delay a moment. The first oast i« the great cost as far as electricity ie concerned, and if a loan could be obtained, payable over a fairly long period, it would be found that light and power\ere not only convenient but very economical. We should like to bate some correspondence on the matter, as we think it should be thoroughly ventilated.