'Good progress' in talks on riverside land

An agreement over the future of a piece of riverside land near Luggate wanted for a conservation park is still several weeks away.

Negotiations have been ongoing for almost a year between Contact Energy, the owners of a 0.4ha site next to the Clutha River at the Luggate Red Bridge, and Lewis Verduyn-Cassels, who established the Red Bridge River Park Trust to help realise his vision for a community conservation area on the land.

The trust was given several extended deadlines to raise $300,000 to buy the land, before entering into private discussions with Contact towards the end of last year.

Contact's trading, development and geothermal resources project manager, Neil Gillespie, said this week the power company was ''still talking'' with Mr Verduyn-Cassels.

''We're making good progress.

''In the next three to four weeks we should be closer to knowing where we're at.''

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