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The Crescents will play a fundraising
concert for the Kaitangata War
Memorial Hall. It will be held at the
hall on April 13, doors open at
7.30pm. Tickets are $15 from The
Gate Cafe in Balclutha or Kaitangata
Takeaways. Door sales $20. Limited
tickets are available. Courtesy coach
for drop-offs, a cash bar and supper
will be available.
The Clutha 4WD club will hold its
annual Mud Pud on Saturday, April 13
from 10am-4pm. It will be held on the
Clinton-Mataura Road and be sign-
The Creative Arts Centre will hold a
car boot sale at 10am on April 13 at
the centre on Clyde St, Balclutha.
Craft goods will be for sale in the
rooms. The sale is a fundraiser to
maintain the rooms.
Singer Max McCauley will perform at
the Clutha Country Music Clubrooms
on Frances St. He will be on stage
from 7.30pm on April 17. Mr McCauley
is a well-known singer and yodeller
and is one of the original members
of the group that organises the New
Zealand Gold Guitar Awards. He has
put out several albums, including
Swiss Yodelling Songs. Entry for non-
members of the club is $3.
Postie slams Catlins' roads
What do you think of the state of parts of the Catlins Coastal
Is it like driving on marbles, as postman Syd Stronach suggests?
What should be done about it? Have you had an accident on it?
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An accident waiting to happen: The state of the gravel roads to popular tourist destinations in the Catlins is worrying postie Syd Stronach.
PHOTO: BRIDGET RAILTON 627828428
A Tokanui local, fed up with the
state of gravel roads, says it's only
a matter of time before someone is
killed or seriously hurt.
Postie Syd Stronach, who has had
the rural mail run for more than a
decade, said the condition of parts
of the Catlins Coastal Heritage
route, in conjunction with drivers
being unfamiliar with gravel
roads, is an accident waiting to
''It's a tourist road, yet we are
expecting them to drive on
(conditions like) ball bearings or
marbles. It's not on,'' he said.
''Imagine coming here from New
York or China or Japan?''
The 30km gravel stretch between
Tokanui and Curio Bay via Slope
Point is causing issues for users.
Because of increased use, the
road's condition had deteriorated
quickly, he said, leaving deep ruts
and corrugations which people
had to navigate to reach popular
tourist spots such as Slope Point.
Vehicles frequently drove on the
wrong side of the road to avoid the
worst areas Mr Stronach said.
There were three roads in
particular: Slope Point, Otara-
Haldane and Curio-Haldane that
were causing headaches for
drivers, he said.
''A lot times there's been vehicles
come off the road and farmers
havetopullthembackon. . .
trucks and campervans get stuck
going up hills.''
Most of these accidents were
small and went unreported there-
fore the council was unaware of
the scale of the issue, he said. But
it shouldn't take a fatal accident to
''We don't want to lose a life.'' Mr
Stronach, who has lived around
the Catlins his whole life, is no
stranger to campaigning for better
roads after being a key player in
getting the road sealed along the
Southern Scenic Route near
Papatowai in the early 2000s.
He said council budgets were
stretched thin already and in
order for any progress to be made,
they would need to work together.
Concerns about the effect a sealed
road would have on the remote-
ness of the Catlins were valid but
he wasn't looking to build a
racetrack, he said. ''A good gravel
road is preferable to a poor sealed
one . . . the issue is safety.''
''If we don't squeal and let people
know, it's not going to get fixed.
We've (council and locals) got to
bark together and bark loud.
''John Key is the Minister for
Tourism. He has a responsibility
to make sure maintenance comes
down here and looks after this
Interested people and Southland
District Council staff met near
Tokanui yesterday to discuss
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