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Mr Arthur Goodwin, who is aottDg on behalf of the Akaroa County, forwards us the following in connection with tbe Peninsula soheme :— "While in to«nonB-turd 8 yl»6llIo8lloa and bad a lengthy interview with Mr Birks re the Lake Coleridge scheme for the Peninsula. I am pleased to be able to inform you that much work has already been done by tbe Department in oonneotion with the above Plans of tbe various districts through whioh the line would pass from Tar Tapu to Akaroa have been drawn out, and the distance totals 31, miles to Davaoahene 13ay. This will moßt likely be the breaking down station and aIBO tbe end of the high voltage Government line, the remainder of the distance to Akaroa being covered with a cheaper line, suoh aa would go to the different bays. Mr Birks could not promise definitely to have an estimate of tbe amount tbe Department would require annually ready for the next Council meeting, but will write them on tbe matter. It might be as well to make it quite plain to your readers what is being done and what is to be "dope. In due oourse the Department will offer to build'tha line from Tai Tapu to Duvauchelle or Akaroa, and euyply a certain amount of. horse power, say, 200 for, say, £1200 annually. (Please notb these figures are only imaginary). Now the wbple question is: Will the different districts along jihe line guarantee to take electric energy to the value of £2400? If bo, half would go to pay the above £1200, and tbe remaining half to pay the Counoil's expense and sinking fund to build the side lines to the bays and supply the light. The above £2490 oould be made up aa follows, tad you'

will notice all the estimates are low com ( pared with the £400 promieeed by this) bay.—

Gebbie-a Valley £90, Kaltuna £140, Little River £650, Hill Top £20, Barry's Bay £60, Duvanobelle £60, Robinson's Bay £60, Ger roan Bay £80. Le Bon's Bay £150, Okain's Bay £300. Little Akaloa £160. Pigeon Bay £400. Akaroa £340. total £2480 Seeing tbe Department is right out for .business if we are, it will be a pity if any great delay is caused by the diotricta interested not rinding out what eaoh would lake. I would like to see Akaroa take the lead and have ready as soon as possible what their minimum requirements would be. Re the power. for motors infrequently used, I am of the opinion that the price for such will be quite satisfactory. Re the canvassing of eaoh bay, I fail ts see bow it is going to be done unless two interested men in each come forward and do as Mr Hay and myself have done here. If such are to be found and write to us, or, better etill, arrange to meet us next Council day, we will be pleased to tell, and show them bow we canvassed this boy, I have every reason to believe that if we all join bands the much talked of Lake Coleridge eleotrio current for the Peninsula will soon be a reality."

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AKAROA COUNTY SUPPLY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3522, 15 February 1916

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AKAROA COUNTY SUPPLY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3522, 15 February 1916

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