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An enthusiastic meeting of Akaroa County distriot delegates was held at the Council Chambers, Duvauohelle, on Saturday to con eider what action should be taken in getting the Lake Coleridge power to Banks Penin* Rula. The Akaroa County Chairman, Mr J. D. Bruce, presided, and there were also present Messrs E. Hay, Pigeon Bay; J. R. and C. B. Thaeker, Okain's Bay; Q. Arm Ftrong (Mayor of Akaroe) and W. Sancfceii, German Bay; and P. Williams, Robinson's

Bay. The ohairman apologised for the absence of Mr Conway, of Wainui: The chairman reported that he had circularised the different Boad Boards in the county and a number of prominent men in the district to discuss the matter informaUy, and formulate 'some procedure for approaching the Government expert Mr Birhe, and putting the probable requirements of the distriot before him. He thought then that eaoh distriot should appoint two or three men to obtain the requirements of the dif ferent Bays, and they could meet Mr Birkand give him what information he required Hβ could then give them the cost of wiring up the distriot, and they conld then put this information before meetings. He thought

it was essential to have one controlling authority on Banks Peninsula similar to the method adopted for the City of Christ, chnroh and by the Tai Tapu Dairy Company for the Tai Tapu district. The Government would put in the main high tension wires and the residents or the controlling authority wuuld have to find the district wires, The controlling authority would then bay wholesale from the Government, and retail to the residents on the Peninsula. He thought, personally, that if they could get the power itt a reasonable rate it would be a wonderfully good thing for the Penineulo. It was all a question of cost, however, and Ibis they conld obtain from Mr Birks when the disr

tricts' requirements were known, Mr Hay bad a fair idea of how the power would be taken up in Pigeon Bay, but he bad given too short notice for the other baye to get muoh

information. Mr Armstrong knew a good deal about electricity from his experience of the Borough ccheme, Hβ understood the Government was prepared to distribute the currant in main lines provided sufficient power was taken up to justify the Govern* ment doing (his.

Mr E. Hay said the whole Peninsula should take up the-Coleridge power if the Government sold at a reasonable price. Mr A, Goodwin and himself bad made an estimate of what was required in Pigeon Bay and estimated that 650 IGo.p. lights would be used aDd 50hp in power taken up. If eaoh bay made an estimate on the same lines, Mr Birks would then say what the cost to the consumers would be. The first step to be taken was to ascertain what light and power was required for each bay; They must have that information to put before Mr Birks. He thought it would be a great pity if the Peninsula missed this chance, as the Coleridge power was not inexhaustible. The residents of Pigeon Bay felt they should make some effort to gat the power, as then if it was too dear they could not reproach themselves that they never had made the effort to get the power. The estimate for Pigeon Bay was a

very low one, and the requirements would

probably be much greater, Mr A. Goodwin was making every effort to get the power. The whole Peninsula must move in the

matter, Mr C. B. Thacker said ha was quite sure the residents of Okain's Bay would take the power for both lighting and utilkiug machine requirements. There were a large number ot residents at Okain's, and he was willing to find out exactly what would be required in the bay. He thought someone should be appointed to find out the requirements ci Little Akaloa and Chorlton, ac he was sure the residents there would require a lot of power. Mr J. R. Thacker said the matter had been discussed at a meeting of the residents of Okain's Bay, and all were greatly in favour of the use of Coleridge power for light and power. They were very enthusiastic, and considered it the best chance they had had for many a day. As far as Le Bon's Bay was concerned, be did not know what the requirements were there. Mr H. G. Ell, member for Christchurch East, had visited Okain's Bay recently, arjd thought the Coleridge power should come all over the Peninsula. He was very enthusiastic about completing the Summit road from Dyer's Pass to the Puraa Track. The distance then by this road to the Puaba track was only 30 miles, and he thought the lines for Coleridge power ehould be brought along this road.

Mr G. Armstrong agreed with other speakers that they Bhould do all in their power and strain every effort to get the Coleridge power to the Peninsula. They had to look to the future. Once the lines were here he was sure the use would be phenome> nal. Besides that, this might induce thj Government to uee tho power for completing the railway to Akaroa. The residents of Akaroa knew the convenience of electrical appliances and lighting, and would not be without it now. The lighting in Akaroa was cheap, but the plant had been so loaded of late that the Borough Counoil would have to cut off all their extraordinary power, as the; could not cope with the lighting and power for which application was made. With both pipes running full into the reservoir between 5 pm, and 8 p.m. each evening there was not enough water to run the plant at its full capacity. The dynamo was also taxed to its fullest capacity, and if any more powe<- was required, the Council would have to get another dynamo, Hβ thought, then, that a great deal of Coleridge power would be used in the Borough. There were a number of dairy factories all along the line to Akaroa, and these should consume a good deal of power. The Borough Counoil bad arranged to meet Mr Birks on July 9th, he thought, and the Akaroa County and Wairewa County delegates should meet Mr Birks with the Borough delegates that day. Hβ thought that they should arrange to have a distributing centre for the whole of the Peninsulaat Duvauchelle, as be thought this would mean half the expense. He had a lot to say in favour of the introduction of Lake Coleridge power to the Peninsula,

Mr W. Sunokell fully agreed with the previous speakers that this was an opportune time to apply to have the power. It would mean a big item in the expense of tne German Bay cheese factory if they could run it with electricity,

It was decided to write to the Mt Herbert County and ask if they would actiwith the other Peninsula communities in bringing the power to the Peninsula.

It was also decided to write to the Wairewa County Council re date and place fcr meet.. ing Mr Birke. The following delegates were then ap. pointed to find out the requirements of the difierent districts in the county so that the requirements could be put be put before Mr Birks :—

Mr A. H- Mclntoeb, Little Akaloa; Mr

Jno Priest, Chorlton ; Messrs C. B. Thacker and A. T. Mason, Okain's Bay; Mr W.

Sunckell, German Bay; Mr P. Williams, Robinson's Bay; Mr G. H. O'Callajhan, Duvaucbelle; Mr K. A. Pettigrew, Barry's Bay; Mr Jas. Wright jun, French Farm; Mr Con way, Wainui; the Mayor and Mr Lewitt, Akaroa Borough; Mr E, E, Lβ , lievre, Gough's Bay and Long Bay district; County Chairman, outskirts of Akaroa.

The chairman aeked the delegates appointed to send in their information to the Conn); Clerk at Duvauohelle as soon as possible, bo that the whole of their require* ments could be pat before Mr Birks.

the farm, ana be thought they ehould use every effort to bring the current within the reach of every resident of the Peninsula, and if they failed in this landable object they would at least have no reason to reproach themselves for having neglected opportunities. After some discussion about prices and quantities that might be required, Mr Pefctigrew moved and Mr A Scott seconded—That Mr A Goodwin and Mr E Hay be appointed delegates to represent the district at any central meeting that may be called in furtherance of the object, and to colleot information to lay before the residents at a subsequent meeting. A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the meeting.

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COLERIDGE POWER FOR THE PENINSULA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3469, 29 June 1915

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COLERIDGE POWER FOR THE PENINSULA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3469, 29 June 1915

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