A meeting of Southland residents was held in the Municipal Chambers on Friday evening last, with a view to urging on the Government to appoint experts to select the best line of route for the railway. His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett) presided. and several gentlemen gave short addresses. The matter is one of considerable importance to this district, and it behoves residents to throw in their lot with the railway league, and endeavour to get the railway built where it will ghee the best return for the money expended. Mr ,C'rosbie-Smith showed that the fruit trade from the Roxburgh district would not warrant a railway, and that if the lino were extended from Gore it would tap splendid agricultural land., as well as the fruit country. There are a numbor of good agricultural districts in Southland that should have the benefit of light lines of railways, and if the Government can be induced to appoint experts to select the route for the lino to Roxburgh, it .will be a step in the direction of increasing, the business of Southland as well as opening up the country to the best advantage.
A deputation from Dunedin waited on the Premier to urge on the Lawrence railway extension, but the Premier gave an answer that was not considered satisfactory to the deputation.. who are becoming- alarmed, since the Southland people are taking the matter up. The Mayor of Gore has also called a meeting of residents there to assist in the matter.
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Roxburgh Railway, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907
Roxburgh Railway Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907
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