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News in brief, March 28, 2023

Little damage

Reports of damage to cars being caused by the uneven road surface at the Norfolk Rd roundabout road surface appear to have been exaggerated. The Times-Age received reports that vehicles – especially those with lowered suspensions – had suffered damage to their bumpers, paint or suspension going through the uneven gravel surface. However, two and a half weeks since the roundabout was put in place, the three panel beaters and six mechanics contacted by the Times-Age all said they have not had a single car come in with damage from the roundabout road surface. They also said that if cars were low enough to be damaged by the dip, they probably shouldn’t be on the road anyway.

Failed theft

A late-night car theft stumbled at the first hurdle when the would-be thieves failed to open the vehicle. Police were alerted to the incident on Revans St, Featherston, at 2.45am yesterday. The offenders did not gain access to the vehicle and left the scene. Police said they are making inquiries.

SW welcome

South Wairarapa District Council has joined Welcoming Communities. The three-year nationally funded programme aims to help new community members feel included and provide useful information to establish themselves. People with ideas on how to progress this initiative are welcome to make contributions – even those who have been in the district for some time. Contributions to this effort can be made by emailing Michaela at [email protected] with experiences or ideas. More information about the programme is at www.swdc.govt.nz/welcoming-communities

Riversdale crash

A driver has escaped injury after a crash on Riversdale Rd near Masterton. Police responded to the single-vehicle crash at 3pm on Sunday. Police said there were no reports of injury to the driver.

Meetings off

SWDC has cancelled both of its upcoming meetings this week. The council advised yesterday that the Infrastructure and Community Services Committee would not go ahead tomorrow due to a lack of business, with a new date to be advised. The CEO Employment Committee meeting has been rescheduled to May 11.

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