Theft of poles delays entrance welcome

Last updated 12:14 26/10/2011

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Two 9-metre telegraph poles have disappeared from Cotter St, "shafting" the Greytown Trails Trust's plans to install new entrance signs, only days away from the grand opening in early November.

"We are putting out a call to the community to help us out," says trustee Gerad Taylor. "The poles were kindly donated by Powerco but it seems they have been taken by some opportunists who were maybe hunting for free timber."

Taylor says he saw a ute and a large van at the end of Cotter St early last week, and heard a chainsaw but assumed that work was beginning on installing the poles.

He said the Trails Trust had already received huge support from the community, individuals and organisations, and was optimistic that someone may come forward with a solution to the poles crisis, ahead of the opening.

Taylor has designed three metal entrance signs to be mounted on poles at the Trail's Cotter St, Woodside Station and Woodside Rd entrances. They have been laser cut by Dannevirke company Metalform. Six poles, each about 5m long, are needed to replace the originals.

"This is a setback but it will not derail our plans for the opening day," says Taylor.

The official opening of Stage 1 of the 5 kilometre Greytown Trail will be on Sunday, November 6, at 11am, with a family day called the Greytown Rail Ride Riot.

The event celebrates the culmination of two years of work by volunteers with community support to develop the former Greytown-Woodside branch rail line, which operated from 1880 to 1953 and has been an unused paper road until recently.

The Rail Ride Riot will feature slow biking, best dressed dog-on- a-leash, best decorated bike competitions, lolly scrambles and a sausage sizzle.

For help with the pole crisis, call Gerad on the Pole Hotline: 027 222 7599.

Greytown Rail Ride Riot, Cotter St entrance, Sunday, November 6, from 11am.

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