Nats congratulate Barker on temporary Bridge
Chester Borrows MP MP for Whanganui
John Carter MP National Party Civil Defence Spokesman
12 July 2006
Nats congratulate Barker on temporary Ngaturi Bridge
National MPs Chester Borrows and John Carter have thanked and congratulated Civil Defence Minister Rock Barker for giving the go-ahead for a temporary replacement for the Ngaturi Bridge.
The bridge, which was washed out by last week's floods, has left the Mangamahu community isolated.
Mr Borrows, who is the local MP, says it's a huge relief that a temporary bridge is to be erected.
"The Mangamahu community would be devastated by prolonged isolation. The community will be breathing a sigh of relief tonight."
"Given that I have been critical of the Minister for the mistakes he has made with this portfolio, it's a nice change to have the opportunity to congratulate him on getting something right," says Mr Carter, who is National's Civil Defence spokesman.
"It's good to see him step up to the mark. I can only hope it's a sign of things to come."
Mr Borrows says though he's thrilled that the temporary bridge will be built, it is only a temporary measure and he looks forward to the Government announcing something more permanent in due course.