Trevor James of Westland Canoe Club advises that in the recent heavy rain, the access road to the put-in for the Totara and Mikonui Rivers has been seriously damaged by slips. Woolhouse Road also gave good access to tramping and climbing in the back country. The Westland District Council is considering closing the road as it will cost $500,000 to fix. If you are concerned about this possible closure, please contact Westland District Council at 36 Weld St, Hokitika or 03 7558321. Please copy submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Update, 18 January: the road is already closed and the issue is whether funds can be sourced to ever re-open the road.