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ELECTRIC SCHEMES

• THE NEW. ACT. : PROPOSAL TO~ FORM A NELSON DISTRICT. ! Aft last night's meeting of the Nelson City Council, Cr. Hampson referred "to the Electric Power Act, which, he said, was a very fine measure and one that Nelson should take advantage of. He would move that the Counciltissue to the various local bodies of Nelson Province A petition: .to tlie Governor-General to proclaim a Nelson ■district under the- Electric Power Act. A board had to be elected, and this, lie thokght, could be done at the time , th§ other loca l looies were electa! 1 su ' April. ■ Nelson should have its share'of electric power. They wer® empowered, to form a boai-d to provide an electrical supply for ! the whole district, I and should take steps at' once. k Under the Act there was power to borrow for an electrical scheme Cr. Carlisle seconded;" (the motion, but would like to look into the Act 1 before any action was - taken. . i Cr. Marris supported a start being made with with .the Government as ito boundaries, etc. < Cr. Gibbons supported, but. was /afraid there "would not be much' come out of it, ( as by Jlie time the- North Island schemes were carried l out thei-e would be no irtoney left for furthfer South Island schemes. .He hoped ito see an' electrical scheme for the city brought in before long, as »■ there Was ' 'ample water at the reservoir to war- 1 rant this.- - . «} o*' V Cr. Hampson pointed out that ithe Act gave local districts full pow«r over district schemes, independent >of the Government. " > Cr. Gibbons explained thAt/ lie had been under the impression, that a Government, scheme -was' contemplated; He doubted whether a district scheme would ever be inaugurated}; owing to the great cost. Cr. Hampson said if it. cbuld not be shown that the Nelson ' provincial "scheme , xvas a. good " commercial proposition; the Government: would, not allow it- to be gone on with. The Mayor thought the Act :would , be a dead letter, as' ithe Government would eventually carry out a- scheme. In the meantime they should go' on' with a scheme for Nelson cityj . and I the . Council should be the electric ' power board. - He regarded the Act- as simply an attempt by the Government to prevent local schemes* with a view to the Government eventually controlling the whole of the electrical schemes of the Dominion. Cr. Hampson said he considered tho Government was acting in perfectly goo 3 faith.- , A provincial scheme would be much preferable to a purely city scheme. --- - . . - 1 • • •; Cr. Carlisle considered the matter should go to Committee. Cr., Hampson'was quite agreeable to this, and the-matter was then referred to Committee for further consideration.

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ELECTRIC SCHEMES, Nelson Evening Mail, Volume LII, Issue 299, 14 December 1918

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ELECTRIC SCHEMES Nelson Evening Mail, Volume LII, Issue 299, 14 December 1918

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