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NASEBY: A matter of the utmost interest to miners was
brought before the Hon. R. McKenzie, Minister of Mines, last
evening at the County Council Chambers.
A large deputation, of whom Messrs Moses Brown (president of
the Miners' Association) and Robt. F. Inder were spokesmen,
was introduced to the Minister by Mr Robert Scott, M.P. Mr
Scott, after explaining that the mining industry at Naseby
was greatly handicapped by the want of water, said that an
admirable site had been found at Idaburn, some 14 miles from
Naseby, where an immense volume of water could be impounded
at comparatively small cost.
Mr Brown produced plans of the locality and of the proposed
dam. With a length of wall across the gully 27 1/4 chains in
length, some 134 acres of water area would be enclosed, and
it is estimated that at the 55ft level the reservoir would
hold 150,000,000 cubic feet of water. This would mean a
supply of water equal to five heads for 360 days.
Mr Inder pointed out what the consequences would be if this
important industry failed for want of water.
It was well known that the goldfields of Naseby would outlast
the life of the youngest man in the room, but, unfortunately,
the supply of water from the Mount Ida race last year was
such that miners could only work 90 days out of 365.
This reservoir would augment that supply, and if ever the
time came when it was not required for mining purposes it
could be used for irrigation. All the deputation asked in the
meantime was that the Government would send an engineer to
inspect the proposed site and report to the Government.
The Hon. Mr McKenzie said he could promise an engineer would
inspect and report, but could not promise anything further.
He pointed out the Mount Ida race cost the county last year
some 500, and the time might come when the local authority
should take this race over. It was afterwards pointed out to
the Minister the price of water per head per week had twice
been reduced by different Ministers of Mines, first from 1
10s to 1, and latterly to 11s 3d. If the price were fixed a
little higher, say 15s, the race, with an average season,
would pay well.
Another deputation was introduced by Mr Scott asking that a
telephone bureau be opened in Naseby connected with Dunedin.
Messrs T. B.McNeil and C. E. Davey, who brought this matter
forward, pointed out the very many advantages that would
follow from this direct personal communication with the
The Hon. Mr McKenzie said he believed it would not be long
before most of the inland towns of Otago would have direct
telephonic communication with Dunedin. Of course, the bureau
system would be the system adopted first. Mr Scott thanked
the Minister for his courtesy. - ODT, 29.5.1911.