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OHINEMURI RIVER SILTING.

REPKESENTATIVE MEETING AT PAEB.OA. IMPORTANT RESOLUTION CARRIED. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) PAEROA, Saturday. A meeting to consider the question of the silting up of the Ohinemuri river by mining debris was held at the Council Chambers, Paeroa, last evening. Mr Pierce Grace presided, and there was a representative attendance. Mr E. W. Porritt, one of the conveners, of the meeting, spoke at length as to the damage being done to the river. He apoke in regnrd to the leading article in the Auckland morning paper of March 10 the indignation that such had caused among the farmers and settlers and the residents of the district generally. Mr Chas. Brunskill evinced his surprise at the paper referred to publishing such inaccurate statements, and in this he was supported by Messrs Whitinore, Thos.. Shaw, W. Forrest, Harp, Nepean, Kenny, J. \V. Thorp, Strange, A. Cas-. siells and Nathan. Mr S. Laughlin thought that the agitation must bring matters to a successful issue, and that the trouble would be shortly stopped by legislation. Resolutions to the following effect were carried unanimously:—On Mr Forrest's motion: "That tho meeting expresses its gratification at the promise of assistance by the Hon. Minister for Mines (Mr R. McKenzie), and would urge him to at once carry out the promises made." Mr Laughlin moved that the proclamation declaring the Ohinemuri and Wnihou rivers sludge channels be rescinded, and that that of the Wnihou —there being no mining operations conducted on that river —be at once cancelled; Mr Strange's proposition "that the Thames and Piako County Councils, Thames and Te Aroha Borough Councils, and the Morrinsville Town Board be requested to co-operate"; Mr Nathan's motion, "that the farmers' unions be notified of the result of this meeting, and that the mining industry is destroying the work of the fanners and nullifying the drainage of the Hauraki plains, while damaging a navigable river." Mr Porritt stated that the time to act was the present, that the number of mining companies were few, whereas a boom, increasing the output, would also increase the trouble complained of. He moved, and it was also carried: "That the Ministor be urged to immediately take steps to revoke the proclamation of the river as a sludge channel so far as any claims granted in the future are concerned." (Applause.) ■ Votes of thanks were accorded to the "Auckland Star" for its able leading article on the matter, and also to Messrs C. Brunskill and Wbitmore for their iutrresting letters to that journnl on the subject. A copy of the article and letters are to be sent to each member of tho Cabinet.- ■■•••>. The following is the committee elected to carry on the work: Messrs Porritt (chairman), Strange, Brunskill, Laughlin, Kenny, A. Hubbard, Forrest. Mr W. Niocol was appointed secretary. A small sum to defray incidental expenses was subscribed in the room.

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OHINEMURI RIVER SILTING. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 69, 22 March 1909

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