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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
THE COACH HOUSE
A GIANT STEP UP
In 2011 the Bowen Street building was sold, a 20 year lease signed
for the South Street building (peppercorn rental and right to purchase
at anytime); working drawings prepared; feasibility study ordered, and
funding applications lodged.
The move to larger premises represents a GIANT STEP UP: - The
new building will be three times the size. The large grounds will provide
space for outdoor displays and room for further expansion -- 'future
proof' the enterprise.
The displays will cover more than twice the present area.
• The number of volunteers required will multiply.
• The planned opening hours will increase.
• The marketing plan developed will lift visitor numbers from the
• present 4,000 per year to 5,000 and to 10,000 within the next
Running costs will more than double.
The business plan specifically addresses the issues of STEPPING UP
to this whole new level of activity and covers:
Volunteers-- Ambassador's recruitment and training
• Already introductory time at South Street has started
• A broad reaching plan has been adopted -- this community
awareness being a part
• A never ending issue for community projects -- a community
wide appeal is imminent
Plans are in place including the relocation of existing displays and
development of new displays taking shape.
The Archive will be replicated with the addition of a visitor research
area where access to the database will be available.
Vehicle parking for cars and buses will be available off-road and on-
site adjacent to the main entrance. Visitors from out of town will be able
to park, gather their thoughts, visit the Coach House, attend to their
personal comfort, avail themselves of a cup of coffee, before deciding
to visit the other special places of the Manawatu.
We believe, Destination Manawatus' exploring, 'The Çountry Road'
will start with a visit to The Coach House.
BREAKING IN THE LAND
The first European settlers to this area had a formidable task to 'break
in' the land. Certain parts of the countryside had stands of millable
timber and the initial areas to see sawmill activity were Taonui and
James Bull (he was to gain enough revenue to establish the township
of Bulls) and William and Walter Bailey were among the first mill owners.
All over the Manawatu District there were sawmills. Now long gone
their history is forgotten. Places like Livingstone for instance which
was on the bluff above the Rangitikei River where the road bridge now
crosses the river on Vinegar Hill Road. Bullock teams and horse teams
were of paramount importance. They were used to cart timber to the
saw mills. Bush tramways had temporary wooden rails laid in the bush
to carry out the logs. The roads in Pohangina Valley named 1, 2, 3 and
4 lines started out as bush tramways.
With the best timber milled and railed out on the bush tramways
the remaining bush and scrub was put to the torch and burned. Grass
was the first crop and money was to be made harvesting the seed.
Gradually areas were cleared of stumps, fenced and stock raised to
make rich farmland.
The massive root structures of trees had to be removed and horses
and bullock teams took part in stumping and levering these out of the
ground. Only then could the horse be harnessed to the plough so the
land could be harrowed and cultivated for crop and grass sowing.
Every settler knew the importance of having a stand of oats and barley.
This was summer harvested and threshed using horse power again
and stored to provide necessary winter fodder for the indispensable
FEILDING & DISTRICTS
Horse-Drawn Era Museum
for Christmas trade
the plaque on
a section of the
road on Sunday.
By SANDRA CROSBIE
Feilding s Kimbolton Rd
redevelopment was officially
opened on Sunday just before
the Christmas parade.
Mayor Ian McKelvie cut a rib-
bon and revealed a plaque on
one of the brick planters.
The street beautification work
has gone according to plan and
Feilding Promotion is delighted
with the results, having worked
closely with the Manawatu Dis-
trict Council, Fulton Hogan con-
tractors and GHD consultants.
The key outcome is the
change of status for this section
of the road, from an open unat-
tractive thoroughfare, now to a
precinct environment with more
parking, said Feilding Pro-
This has been achieved with
long planter boxes around the
Stafford St intersection
designed to slow traffic down
and the new double-angled park-
ing and trees down the centre.
Paved footpaths, banners,
Feilding-designed rubbish bins
and wrought iron fencing are to
be followed up with street light-
ing, seating, cycle stands and a
LED display board.
Completion of the redevelop-
ment will be welcomed by busi-
nesses which were affected by
the inconvenience and mess.
Buttercup Cafe has already
made use of the wider verges by
creating more space for outdoor
Worn-out water mains
take funding away
By BOBBIE NICHOLLS
Juggling the Feilding water ren-
ewels budget has been necessary
to keep up with the unexpected
deterioration of underground
services discovered during sched-
Recent roadworks in and
around Kimbolton Rd CBD area
has exposed water mains in need
It is practical both in time and
in cost to make the replacements
during the road improvements, so
funding has been diverted from
other renewal projects to allow
this to happen.
This is a very practical option
as it maximises efficiencies that
exist on the work site -- dig once,
one contractor, one traffic disrup-
tions, MDC s infrastructure
group manager Wayne Spencer
The renewal of underground
services in advance of or in con-
junction with road improvements
creates an opportunity to save on
the overall cost of service replace-
This ensures that new roads are
not excavated for pipe repairs
soon after completion, Mr
Spencer s report to Manawatu
District Council said.
But the work from which the
money was diverted is still
required, in order to stay ahead of
the roading programme and
carriageway upgrade works in
Factors which influence the cur-
rent work programme include the
cast iron water pipe found in Staf-
ford St between Fergusson and
It was identified in the asset
management system as having 20
years life remaining, but the pipe
was found to be in poor condition
and requiring renewal at a cost of
Seddon St is on the programme
for road improvements early next
year and while the asbestos
cement water pipe is in good con-
dition, there are long copper later-
als crossing the road which are in
poor condition. The plan is to
replace copper laterals with a 50
millimetre rider main out of the
carriageway. The cost is $85,000.
The third road improvement
project for this financial years is
Denbigh St stage 3a which
includes the replacement of the
cast-iron water mains including
the mains crossing the Denbigh St
Bridge at a cost of $150,000.
The total of $300,000 was rec-
ommended to be advanced from
the 2012-2013 budget to allow the
projects to be completed this
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