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News in brief, August 31 2023

Lansdowne fire

Masterton Fire Emergency Services [Fenz] responded to reports of a “smoke-logged” house on Tuesday. The residents were drying wood on top of the firebox at their Cody Crescent address. A Fenz spokesperson said the two brigades Masterton brigades ventilated the house and remained at the scene to ensure the building was safe before leaving. The spokesperson confirmed there were no reported injuries.

Rail 101

Greater Wellington Regional Council is co-hosting an online session tonight with Horizons Regional Council on the lower South Island’s rail future. This year’s central government budget delivered funding for a new set of hybrid trains to run on the Manawatū and Wairarapa Lines, and the session is being run to answer any questions about the new trains. There will be a short presentation followed by an opportunity to send in questions. The session will run for an hour from 3pm. Register interest at https://fb.me/e/1rAk5QKD3

Consultation about to close

A reminder that consultation is closing tomorrow on the draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2023-2029. Eight councils across the Wellington region are taking part in this process for achieving waste management and minimisation across the region over the next six years. The consultation closes at 5pm tomorrow.

Daffodil Festival

It’s not long now until the annual Carterton Daffodil Festival on September 10. There’s something for everyone, from daffodil picking at the historic Middle Run farm to the steam train excursion, the High St market and a range of different street performers to see. The festival has attracted over 10,000 visitors in the past. Steam train tickets are selling fast – so to avoid any disappointment, purchase your tickets from https://www.cartertonec.co.nz/daffodil-express-steam-train-sunday-10-september/ or visit the Carterton Events Centre website for more info.

Queen St theft

Masterton police received reports of theft from a shop on Queen St at approximately 4.05pm yesterday. A spokesperson for police could not confirm whether there were any arrests made but said enquires were ongoing.

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