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The Te Puke Times FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 A BREACH OF FAITH.

A : very .serious position ;,appears, ! to have arisen in connection with] the renewal of the .Mount wharf. J It will he reraemberecl that some,. months: ago the l-lon. W, Fraser,' Minister_'to*Publ ic Works, ie.reply to.representations, statleicl-that' instructions ;'tliat' : the ; ;.work of: enlarging, .-anil; the. preseritstruc;. ture should be .proceeded ,\yith at once,.iivorder that goods could' ,:be received and;dischorgeil when the line: to Te Puke' was; opsn tor traiiie. A statement has.recently' appeared in the press to'the eit'e'e t that the line is,now open. ■ and that the authorities are ; prepared .to receive freight.'The absurdity' '< f sucha statementwillbe undei'aiuod ■'fi'.om: the correspondence :from the: Northern ; Steamship Cornparty," i.ublishe.cVm our last issue Jn which ic is plainly staud that-the v/hai f is in such a dangerous condition, that 'the Company declines: to allowlts.boat to call for cargo unt'l it is thoroughly, renovated and. enlarged.,' From what ohe:can gather Work has .been at a 'standstill, at the Mount for spina time past, and what the ■public warit'to know,'is the reason fOl this unaccountable delay- It. has been stated'that: great' difficulty has beenV; experienced in obtaining the necessary totara piles, which have to be of very considerable length, but surely sufficient time has elapsed since the Minister made his promise that the work should. be put in hand for all'requisite material to have been acquired;' The job was hot one of: great magnitude, and we venture to'' say that had it been entrusted to a private contractor it would have been completed long ago.' It certainly seems as if the interests of 'the people,were being completely ignored. The Bay of Plenty Dairy Association, for. instance, has beeii 'under the impression that ?s soon as the line was'open there would be facilities for shipping their produce at the Mount, which, would'have meant .a saving of £200 par annum, but.find now that they have to revert to cartage by road. Farmers, also, will, shortly '.be importing large quantities .of manures,'■..to, say '•lothing of general merchandise, and,a very'cogitable, saving, ■vouid have bee;r effected, if' the ■ wpds, could have been landed tit, i,hp'- : .'iioufit and brotisht. through: ny rail;' 'Residents--have',/every, vcason tQ be indignant;-at;: wha-

can only bo termed a gross breach ' of faith, and we are glad to see i that local. bodies interested are already moving vigorously in the matter, the Town Board, the Dairy Association, and the Chamber of Commerce having forwarded representations to*the Minister for Public Works as to the injustice inflicted upon residents of the district by the inexplicable delay in carrying out the promised alterations. The matter is one that must not be allowed to drop, and it is to be hoped that our Papamoa and Paengaroafriends will co-operate in insisting on the speedy completion of a work that is of the greatest importance to all on this side of the harbor. ■

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The Te Puke Times FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 A BREACH OF FAITH., Te Puke Times, Volume II, Issue II, 19 September 1913

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The Te Puke Times FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 A BREACH OF FAITH. Te Puke Times, Volume II, Issue II, 19 September 1913

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