Alternative found to request for reserve

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A request to turn a piece of land opposite the Albury Tavern on State Highway 8 into a reserve was declined but another option was adopted at last week’s meeting of the Mackenzie District Council.

Chief executive Suzette van Aswegen said the land, which was owned by the council, had never been a reserve.

“It would be considerable cost to council to establish it as a reserve under the Reserves Act.”

The council decided the most appropriate action was to include the land as part of the district plan township review.

The costs of creating a new reserve were expected to be $15,000 to remove roadside fencing and fence the property from an adjoining farm, and prepare the surface for mowing.

Annual maintenance costs were estimated at $8523, excluding GST.

A petition was presented to the council signed by local residents requesting that the land “be given back to the township people”.