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News in briefs, January 23, 2024

Bridge closed

Tauwharenīkau Bridge on State Highway 53 is closed for two weeks from today while scaffolding is installed in preparation for bridge repairs and maintenance after it was found the bridge’s bearings have corroded and need to be replaced. During this period, SH53 will be closed between Camp Rd and No 1 Line on weekdays only between 7am and 5pm, with the highway open to motorists at night, on weekends, and on the Waitangi Day public holiday [Tuesday, February 6]. The Camp Rd detour will be unsuitable for heavy vehicles, and freight operators should detour via SH2 and No 1 Line at Tauwharenīkau.

Algae alert

The alert for toxic algae at Masterton’s Henley Lake remains at the amber level, with visitors urged to avoid contact with the water – especially children, pregnant women, the elderly, and dogs. Cyanobacteria [toxic algae] produce toxins that are harmful to humans and potentially fatal to animals if swallowed or through contact with skin. If you experience health symptoms after contact with water from the lake, you should consult a doctor.

Draw closing

Entries for the Carterton District Council [CDC] summer draw to win a 200L water tank close this Friday [January 26]. The competition was started to help people prepare for restrictions during a hot, dry season and is open to all residents of Carterton who are Gold Card or Community Services Card holders. There are two tank colour options [green and grey], although this is subject to availability. Only one entry is permitted per person, and winners are drawn at random. The entry form is available online through CDC’s website [cdc.govt.nz], or paper entry forms are available at the council office and at the Carterton Events Centre.

Fund facts

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] wishes to clarify that the Pain Farm Fund, established after George Pain bequeathed his 210-acre property to the then Borough Council in 1932, is for the benefit of the Martinborough community rather than the whole South Wairarapa district. Applications to the fund close on 29 February and will be considered at the Martinborough Community Board meeting. Application forms and more information can be found on SWDC’s website [swdc.govt.nz].

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