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PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF CANTERBURY., Issue 83, 14 December 1865
PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF CANTERBURY.
November 28; 1865. JUDIOIAIi DISTRICT OF WESTLAIItf. On the motion of tlio SecretAtf fof Ptiblfc Works, tho House want into Committee to Consider the resolutions standipg in his name. Resolution 1, waa passed : — " That this Council recoghises the Advantage conferred upon the western portion of the Province of Canterbury by tho proclamation of the Judicial District of Westland, and the proposed sittings of tho Supremo Court at Hokitika." . On the next resolution being ,put^-'«That looking to the large and increasing amount of the population and trade of that Judicial Distrfot, a sitting of the Supreme Court at intervals more, frequent f than six months will be productive of seripus inconvemenodnd loss to all classes of ihe community." MrJW. Williams moved the following amendment, as an addition to tho resolution, — "That in tho opinion' of this. Council it would bo a source of great* publio inconvenience if his Honor the Judge of this district had to leave for so long a period as, would be required in cfi<!Q he had to hold the Courts in the district of Westlan-l." Mr Cracroft Wilson did nb't believe that any remonstrance froth' the Council against sending our own judge to. /mother part of, ,ih'e province would be listened to by the General Government, since the 'judge ofßWellington 'had combined with hfs.own duties. those belonging to. Nelson, and would soon have added to them those of Wanganwi. Mr Williams said he should be" happy to adopt the suggestion oftJie hon. the Speaker. Mr Birch thought that the resolution of the' Secretary for Public works was quite sufficient to meet the case. The district of the West Coast would be divided between three judges, so 1 that the absence of the judge from this district' would bo very short, and moro especially when the West Coast road was opened. A judge la England had far more work to get through than the judge of Canterbury. Ho should support the resolution. The amendment was then put to the House' and nosjatived ; the original resolution was thereff it carried; llesolvft'on 8 was then pressed, that — " A respectful address be presented, to bis Honor the Superintendent, requesting that he will transmit the above resolutions to his Excellency the Governor. And the House rosumed, when the resolutions were reported and adopted. WHARF AT HOKITIKA. Mr Hawkes moved — ''That a respectful address be presented to his Honor the Superintendent, praying that he will cause to be placed on the estimates a sum of money not exceeding L 3.000, for the purpose of extending the wharf at Hokitika below the timber yards of Bell, Rao, and Co.; and that Mr Commissioner Sale receive instructions to forward the work as speedily da possible." There was a very bitter | feeling existing on the part of the inhabitant of the West Coast towards the Government, not so imiob on account of their sins of commission as of those of omission, and the case mentioned in the resolution was ono of the latter, 4 The hon. member then briefly alluded to the circumstances attending the formation of tho town of Hokitika, nnd contended that tho Government were bound to see to the wharf. Had it been attended to sooner, the river could not have made ihe encroachments it had done. At pit* sent the limited nature of the wharfage accommodation of tho port was found to be very detrimental to "the interests of the town. Tl* inhabitants of the town had collected L 1,600, 600 for tho purpose of extending the / wharf, and, relying on iho promise of the Commissioner that- an equal amount would be given by the Government, they applied to him frr the amount, but were told that not one penny would be given, as the spit was in danger of being washed away bodily. He had put down the sum of, L3OOO in his motion, but at the same time if he received from the Government a promise that a sum would be contributed by them equal in' amount to that subscribed by the inhabitants of Hokitika, he should be happy to withdrawal's motion, . , The Seoretary for Pablio Worßs said that he admitted the propriety of the 'hon. member, in the absence of the representatives of the West Coast, coming forward in iho. interests of that district. The revonue <jf the W.est Coast for the last quarter amounted to L12.p00, against an expenditure of L 46,000, which the lion . member did not seem to be aware of. ' 'He believed that the conduct of Mr Sale could, be very easily explained, and in the absence of that gentleman, they ought not to pass an opinion on bis conduct. He could not ngree with, the argument of Ms hon. friend that becuase certain pepple chose to , invest in business sites in a dangerous position on tbo spit, that, the Government wero bound to expend a largo sum to protect them frounforteen accidents. The Government were actually engaged at the present moment in extending the wharf to the distance of five chains, and at an. expenditure of LBOOO. Therefore, the h,on; member could hardly say that they had done nothing. Mr Dobson assured the Government that to carry the wharf further would be productive of more harm than good; The lower part of the town was composed of sand, and it would be an impracticable thing to construot a wharf, or at any rate its erection in- sxich a locality would have tho effect of carrying away the land in the neighborhood, and consequently would bo productive of more harm than good .
Mr Hawkes said, that he believed a large part 6f tho expenditure stated by tho Scoretary for Public Works had been expended on tho road to tho West Coast. With regard to the manner in which Mr Sale had .received tho deputation, it could be confirmed by one of the hon. members ?or the Wost Coast (Mr Prosser) ; .but at the earno time ho believed that tlio Commissioner had always acted from the very best intentions, and ho (Mr Uftwkes) did not intend to cost any reflections upon him, as tho hon. Secretary for public works seemed to insinuate. As to the hon . gentleman's remarks with regard to tho obligations of tho Government to protect the inhabitants on tho epot> he would say that had a comparatively small been spent at first on the wotk, their position would bo ono of sccuiity now. Mr Hawkca concluded by saying, that he should withdraw his inotipn, whioh ho had only boon induced to bring forward by the great emergency of tho case. Tho motion was, by Icavo of the House, with* di"avn.
PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF CANTERBURY., Issue 83, 14 December 1865
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