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Thursday, 10 May 2007

The Mayor of Whangarei says ratepayers could not afford to buy the Ngunguru sandspit even if developers are forced to sell it.

The Environmental Defence Society wants the Whangarei District Council or the Department of Conservation to designate the spit a reserve and take it under the Public Works Act to prevent subdivision.

Mayor, Pamela Peters, says that is possible, but the law requires the council to reach an agreed price with the owner.

Landco is proposing a 350-home subdivision on the sandspit, north of Whangarei.

The company says it remains open to offers for the spit, but it has had none to date, and expects to file subdivision plans later this year.

Environmental Defence Society chairman, Gary Taylor, says the proposal has little chance of gaining consent, yet the community is being put to huge expense opposing it.

He says the Public Works Act process could bring the price of the spit down to a level the Government could afford - about three million dollars, based on its undeveloped value.

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