Franklin County News : November 25th 2014
■TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2014. • 217 KING STREET, PUKEKOHE www.franklincountynews.co.nz AUDITED NET CIRCULATION 31,150 COPIES Food, gifts will make someone’s Christmas happier Christmas is a time of giving but what if there is not enough to go around? This is where the Franklin County News’ Smiles for Christmas Appeal can help. This is our annual appeal for donations of food and toys to help make Christmas a special day for those facing hardships in our community. The recipient of this year’s appeal is Franklin Family Support Services and the team says any contribution would be appreciated, with many struggling families finding it tough. And Christmas makes coping even tougher, general manager Geoff Smith said, with the extra pressure and worry of how to afford presents for children and put a basic festive meal on the table. Franklin Family Support Services (FFSS) said it would appreciate: ❚ Non-perishable celebration foods ❚ Basic food items ❚ Excellent quality – hardly used or new – toys ❚ The kinds of things that say ‘‘I care’’ such as pretty soaps, deodorants, after-shaves and trinkets. FFSS will distribute the donated food and gifts to Franklin families in need. The recipients will get to select their family’s gifts on allocated days, accompanied by their support worker. Please drop your unwrapped gifts in to Franklin County News, 217 King St, Pukekohe or FFSS, 2 King St. Pukekohe Library is also supporting the appeal and donations can be placed under the Christmas tree there. The appeal closes on Monday, December 15. Fair way to help charity FANTASTIC DAY: About 100 golfers flocked to Clarks Beach Golf Club last Thursday for the annual Arnet Law Counties Classic in a bid to have some fun while raising money for local causes. The $2000 raised from the event will be shared equally between the Waiau Pa Volunteer Fire Brigade and St John Franklin. Yvonne Hunter and Jean Hutchinson pause for a photo in front of the picturesque pond. Photo: BRIAR HUBBARD ❚ Turn to P23 for more golf tournament action Mixed views on track plan By SHAUN EADE Support is growing for a Tuakau to Buckland cycle and walkway alongside the railway lines but not everyone is convinced the idea will work. Hunua MP Andrew Bayly and Waikato Regional councillor Peter Buckley have thrown their support behind the 3.8-kilometre representatives from KiwiRail, Counties Power and the Waikato District Council. Young’s initial proposal was to run the track to Pukekohe but he said it was tough dealing with the divide between Auckland Council and the Waikato Regional and district councils, which he described like the boundary between North and South Korea, so he changed it to finish in Buckland – which is on the border of the council zones. He said the track, to be enclosed by deer fencing, would make the trip between Buckland and Tuakau safer and faster for pedestrians rather than following the 7.4km main road, which does not have a pedestrian sidewalk or cycle lane. ‘‘[The track] is a flat walk or ride from Tuakau to Buckland and it is almost half the distance,’’ he said. But Baker was more skeptical about whether the project would ever be able to go ahead. ‘‘My personal view is that whilst having better connectivity between Tuakau and Pukekohe is obviously desirable . . . this is a route fraught with problems. ‘‘Firstly as Kiwi Rail explained, safety for track users and those on trains is paramount and this is a difficult and challenging rail corridor as it is. ‘‘The other major hurdle is that most of the properties along the route are privately owned and most are farms, so getting legal access could be tricky and time consuming as Counties Power found out trying to get easements for a transmission corridor for power lines,’’ Baker said. But Buckley believed the track would be beneficial. ‘‘It is about 2.3km shorter by going along the cycle track and if it can be put in there, I think it would be a good thing for people to use to exercise and keep them off the main roads.’’ It would also provide another important link between the two growing towns, he said. Bayly also liked the idea after hearing Young’s presentation. ‘‘If it was done safely, I can understand why people would like it and it would be a great cycle track,’’ he said. He believed that the track should continue through to Pukekohe. Waikato MP Lindsay Tisch had a separate meeting with Young, which he described as ‘‘very informative’’. He said it was ‘‘worthy of consideration’’. Baker suggested there may be an easier option to improve the links between the Tuakau and Pukekohe than building the track. ‘‘Whilst the idea of a walkway is grand, it might be easier getting better public transport if that is the main driver behind the idea.’’ Young is now awaiting a report from KiwiRail about safety issues around the proposal.
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