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TO THE EDITOE, Sir,— For a number of years past _we notice now and again proposals for the improvement of the sandhills. Those contemplated improvements of late years were to have been carried out under the auspices or by the direction of the Domain Board. _ This Board, if I mistake not, was constituted some five or six years ago for the purpose of conserving the beauties of the reserve, and also making such improvements as they might bo able to do or as the funds at their disposal might warrant. The General Government gave them LIOO to begin with, and anyone reading the papers published at the time would notice the reports of several meetings held by the newly-appointed Board. If they would walk along the Victoria road they might see three notice boards, newly put up, informing the public that they must not set fire to the sandhills, or do any other act to their detriment under severe penalties. Two of those boards have been blown over by the wind, but one is yet in a vertical position, still giving the same information, but the letters want renewing. Then the Board had three bunches of grass planted on the hills. This grass came from Taranaki, and is said to thrive very well there. I saw them being planted, and may inform the public that they have grown and spread remarkably well. I think that is about all that has been done towards the improvement of the hills, with the exception of some loads of clay recently spread on the low mounds near the Racecourse Hotel, which is the only useful thing done up to date. The improvements made by the Harbor Board, and sanctioned by the Government some years ago, in removing portions of the hills for filling up the bay, may have been & decided improvement to the place where it was deposited—viz., where the Exhibition now stands—but it would take a sincere Christian to believe that it was much good to the sandhills. It was very much the other way. It does not require a person to be educated up to the Sixth Standard to know that if you remove a portion of sand and leave a gap, the four winds of heaven will, in all probability, remove the protion that is left. The south wind is much the worst in this respect, as anyone can see by the railway and road lines being mostly smothered with sand opposite the parts of the hills that have been so treated. Then there are the alterations and improvements effected by the Racing Club on that portion of the hills near their course. It seems that some years ago they bought a section of land, or, more correctly, of sand, with a view to transferring it into their training course. It would further appear to be according to law in this enlightened country that a person can remove his land or sand right up to the boundary of his section; and that if his neighbor’s house or section falls over on to his, that is his neighbor’s look out. Now, as the boundary line of the aforesaid section next the sea is, or was, the highest part of the sandhills —about 60ft—I should think one can see that they will have to remove a great portion of the adjoining hills before they get to their boundary line, taking it out, as they are doing, a little below the level of the road-line. However, by dint of perseverance, and assisted by anyone'jwho chooses to come for a load, they have done wonders in altering the appearance of the hills. Whether it adds much to the symmetry of the appearance of the sandhills, I leave to the society lately formed in Dunedin to judge. The improvements can be seen from a great distance without the aid of a telescope, and, with the help of a good one could easily be seen from the nearer planets when favorably placed. I submit, as our learned friends would say, that there are quite enough weak points already to admit of the Flat being flooded by high tides without any additional ones. I might conclude by making a few remarks about the scientific works done at the St. Clair end, but will leave that to someone who understands the tides and currents. If the people who have control of this reserve (if there are any such) will just see that it gets no worse mutilated than it is, the purnose of this letter will be served, —I am, etc., A. Andeeson. St. Kilda, October 16.

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IMPROVEMENT OF THE SANDHILLS., Evening Star, Issue 8040, 17 October 1889

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IMPROVEMENT OF THE SANDHILLS. Evening Star, Issue 8040, 17 October 1889