Doc to dispose of part of recreation reserve

An unwanted piece of land in Clyde is set to be discarded by the Department of Conservation after the Central Otago District Council decided it was ‘‘surplus to requirements’’.

The department confirmed it was proposing to revoke the reserve status of an area of the Clyde Recreation Reserve because it was not warranted to be managed under the organisation.

The council, which has been considering options for the site since Doc decided to sell it, has decided it, too, has no use for it, which leaves it set to be disposed of under the Land Act 1948.

The land had been managed by the council on behalf of Doc.

Doc statutory land management manager David Griffin said Ngai Tahu might have first claims to the area should its reserve status be revoked.

He said the ecological and recreational values of the land were not high enough to warrant it being managed by the department.

‘‘It has a largely exotic vegetation cover and there are no threatened species or significant ecosystems present in the reserve.’’

The department was considering submissions on the proposal until January 31.

The council did not respond to ODT inquiries about the land before its print deadline.

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