THE PENINSULA SUPPLY.
UNIVERSAL ACTION NEOES
It seems neoessary that if the Pea insula tap the Coleridge electrical sup ply universal action is absolutely necessary. , For instance the Wairewa end Akaroa Counties and the Akaroa Borough will bave to act as distri buters and obtain the supply that is available in tbeir respective districts. If tben they can approach tbe Govern men! with a demand for electrical energy eufficiently great, tben, no doubt, the Government will meet them with considerable concessions Tbe first cost of erecting wires to tbe different cub stations in tbe different settlements end bays will be a big item as the houses, dairy factories, milking plants, etc , are necessarily scattered It eeemp, then, tbat in order that this cost can be uniformly borne by the ratepayers in the different dia triots tbat a rating area system, either conjointly or ac one big rating area, would be the most eatisfaofcory basis on which to inatal tbe current. The substitution of electricity for motive
and steam power at the different cheese factories, creameries, and farms would mean a large saving in the eo&fc of running. The first cost is the big,item, and if this is met with a loan extending over a long period then it becomes a small item. A thorough canvass of the whole district is required before anything else is done, as has been done in the case of Pigeon Bay as stated by Mr Arthur Goodwin in bis letter. It is absolutely necessary that this data should be furnished to the Government be* fore we can ask for terms. It will be neoessary, then, that the cheese fac tories and big suppliers should understand what the Coleridge system will mean to them, and whether they can make a paying proposition of it or not. Combined effort in the matter s essential to make the connecting up )f Banks Peninsula a success.
AN ADVOCATE FOR INVESTIGATION,
Sir,—Some weeks ago I read with much inteTEßt Mr Henning'e let'er re bringing tbe Lake Coleridge power to the Peninsula, and alao your article on itmi in laet Friday's issue, I tbiok it ia tbe duty of every Feninaula resident that has had experience of the comforts and convenience of electricity in their homes to place euso before those ol you readers that have not had an opportunity of judging for themselves. Most ol the Peninsula people know that I hare bean running a private plant for about peven years, co I ought to be in a position to know what I am writing about. Several have asked my opinion on having plants in , stalled, and I usually answer ac folio , e: There are two thing? we want in our homes (if we oan afford them), ti mnke country living well op to date, first 13 the teleplv n< , , which, with throe sorews, oan be fastened to the wall in the most convenient pkce, and there you are in epeaking distance of tbou* sands and for a mere trifle of txpenoe, within tbe reach of nearly all. If the people only knew, sir, how cheap and how vi r? easy they could connect themselves up to tbe bureau in their district, I feel sore they would goon do so. They do not know whnt they are missing. I've spoken to many out eide this bay, and adviced them to connect up. They all aßree, and say yes, yes, it would be handy, and that ii tbe end of it. Do yru know, Mr Editor, we have over 35 'phones in this bay all in touch with each other, and three more waiting to bo put on. You can understand what a convenience this must be to the people, and now that we are connected direct to the Christoh'uroh ex ohange (Port Levy way), we, with our ever ready obliging offioer (Mr Salt), are without a doubt right up to date in 'phone matters. You will think I have drifted rtght away from what I started to write about, but having been on the 'phone myself for about fourteen year?, nnd knowing as I do, that it is within the reach of hundreds of Peninsula fellow farmers, I would like for their own Eakes to sen the Peninsula a cob web of wiree. As 1 said before its within their reach, and frei advice is to be obtained for the asking. And now, Bir, about the light and power. I give Mr Benninß tbe credit of waking me up, for before his letter appeared I had not given the soheme a thought, but after reading it, I took the first opportunity and called on Mr Birks, the Government electrical engineer He informed me that be would visit the Peninsula later on, and would like to meet ten or twelve (not more) men to represent tbe Peninsula, and also asked me to send him a rough sketch and some notes on tbe requirements of this bay. This I have done, giving tbe number of houses '(50), and milking plants and also the approximate diatanoe from the Hill Top. A. representative or two of eaoh bay should be in a position to place bsfore Mr Birks (when he comes), their requirements roughly as we have already done. He would then be able to work out what the cost would be, and then we oan decide if its within our reach or otherwise, I shall be much surprised if it is, but its no use us thinking as we know little or nothing about it. We miss triany a thing by so doing. All we can do at present is to hand in our requirements, and the rest will follow. If the farmer wishes to reduce tbe work of the lady folk of the house let him get tbe electric light into it if possible. Just imagine, Mr Editor, the smile on the dairy farmer'u face pulling over a switoh to put hie plant in motion, and another for a saw bench Would not the like please the boys, to be done with that everlasting wood hacking, and the wife with her chum switch, which would do away with the, hours of organ grinding such as I had years ago. Then there would be the daughters, too, with the ironing switches, which would be a boon to them on hot summer days, and lots of other nses could be mentioned
Now, sir, Mr Henning and yourself have started tba ball rolling, and its for us to back you up by all being interested, and not leaving a sterne untamed to get the power hero if the cost; ie not prohibitive. If we fail, we will have the satisfaction of knowins we did all we conld. Now is the time, as tbe power, as you cay, is not inexhaustible, and when once it is all taken up we may never have another chaDce.—l am, etc ,
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THE PENINSULA SUPPLY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 15 June 1915