Water heritage on display

by Anonymous Author

A Hororata Community Trust heritage project will acknowledge the importance water schemes have made to the development of the Malvern area of Selwyn over the last 100 years.

The trust has organised the Heritage of a rural water scheme bus tour, which follows the journey of water from Lake Coleridge through the Malvern Foothills.

Organising committee member Gavin King said on the tour people will discover how the ingenuity and engineering of pioneers, who set out to make a living on the land in 1840, still influences the area today.

“Without the foresight of the pioneers in South Malvern 100 years ago to establish a water scheme, the development of this area would not have happened,” Mr King said.

“Water is the lifeblood of this district, not just for farming, but for all of the industries and rural settlements.

“This tour is about showing the evolution of open water races for farm and town supply to the efficiency of piping the water.”

The ‘Heritage of a rural water scheme’ bus tour will be held on March 11, and will take people through spectacular high country scenery onto private land.

The bus tour starts at the Hororata Domain at 9.30am returning 4.30pm. Tickets are $45 per person and lunch is included in the price of the tour. People need to pre-register as there are no ticket sales on the day.

Details can be found at hororata.org.nz or phone Karen Meares 03 318 6959.