Further rail blowout risks
In previous letters to the editor I have quite often mentioned the 2.5km stretch of line running along Blacks Beach over here at Mahia, hoping Mayor Stoltz and the Gisborne Rail Action Group know where I am talking about.
A while ago I was up on the line with a Wairoa District Council engineer pointing out areas of concern that could block in the next big rain. Like the inevitable next big earthquake, when this happens it will have a very good chance of blowing out the rail line and the road into Mahia, just like the 1954 slip which closed the road into Mahia for four months I think. I don't know how long the rail was closed for. The photo I saw of the 1954 slip went 100m out into the sea.
I wonder if Maurice Fraser of Fraser Geologics-Total Rail Solutions put this area in the $36 million Berl report budget?
I was in a boat off Blacks Beach on Saturday and looked up at one of the three areas of concern to me. There is a huge, steep gully above the rail line, I guess around 500 hectares, that could blow out at any time with a heavy rain.
Wairoa District Council is trying to get KiwiRail to look at it.
I have to wonder if the Mayor or the small number of GRAG members really care if our access is cut off. We would have to use the one-way Tunanui Road.
This is why I keep trying to tell the Mayor of Gisborne that instead of sitting around being totally misled by the Berl report and the GRAG, you need a public meeting.
What is the use of rebuilding a rail link that has a very good chance of slipping into the ocean, the Kopuawhara River, forestry and farms?
We are going into year 10.