A land swap involving a small piece of Bob's Cove
conservation area, near Queenstown, in exchange for land
owned by neighbour Sue Farry, of Punatapu Holdings Ltd, looks
set to proceed. The Otago Conservation Board gave its support
to the proposal yesterday.
The Department of Conservation (Doc) is considering a request
by Mrs Farry to trade .0755ha of land owned by Punatapu
Holdings Ltd for .0460ha of conservation land.
In a report considered at yesterday's board meeting, Doc
statutory land management adviser at the Dunedin Service
Centre, Dinah Wakelin, said the proposal aimed to resolve a
''longstanding encroachment issue''.
The conservation area was ''inadvertently fenced in'' when
the Farrys fenced their adjoining land for deer and goat
farming, she said.
The grazed land had two water tanks, an old musterer's hut
and another hut on it. The musterers' hut had been restored
by the Farrys for accommodation.
They assumed it was on their land and when wind blew the
water tanks off the hillside, they were relocated to a more
sheltered spot next to the huts.
''In this case, the encroachment appears to be the result of
a genuine error and is longstanding,'' Ms Wakelin said.
''The land swap will result in the department acquiring land
which has regenerating bush in exchange for land which is
grazed and occupied by private buildings. ''
Doc was receiving more land than it was being asked to
surrender and the land to be freeholded had no value in terms
of conservation and recreation.
The public was not losing access to the area, as it had been
fenced off from public access for decades.
In the long term, the public would gain as Doc would acquire
land which had regenerating native bush in exchange for land
which was grazed and occupied by private buildings.
The areas involved were small and valuations had shown them
to be of equal value, she said.
The applicants would meet all costs associated with the
process. Board member David Barnes said supporting the
proposal was a ''no-brainer'' and it would be good to see the
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