We're proposing to return a Kurow property to the government for them to consider changing its legal status (it’s currently Recreation Reserve) and disposing of it.
The property, at 12 Ranfuly Street (the red outline on the picture), used to be a playcentre but for several years has been vacant and is now falling into disrepair.
Because the land is classified as ‘Recreation Reserve’, any activity must be considered a recreational activity and is unable to be used for activities such as accommodation. The building was once the old school house and was gifted to the community at no cost and was to be used as a Scout and Guide hall.
Should the government decide to sell it, the Department of Conservation (DoC) is likely to get half the proceeds from the land sale (less disposal costs) and we would receive the value of the building. Those proceeds would need to be used for recreational purposes.
This is our preferred option as we believe it will provide the most benefit to the local community and is also consistent with the requirements of the Reserves Act 1977.
You now have the opportunity to give us feedback. Should the property be returned to the government or do you object to this proposal?
This has to be done on or before 12 noon, Monday 24 July.
We’ll consider all of the feedback before providing a report to the Minister of Conservation. DoC will then consult with Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu who will be offered first right of refusal in accordance with our Ngai Tahu Settlement Act 1998 obligations. The Minister of Conservation (or delegated authority) will then decide what to do with the land. If it’s to be sold Land Information NZ (LINZ) will do this.
You may wish to tell us what you think of our proposal. If so, it must be in writing and in a sealed envelope, addressed to:
‘Revocation of Recreation Reserve Kurow’
Chief Executive Officer
Waitaki District Council
Private Bag 50058, Oamaru
Alternatively, it can be delivered directly to our office in Oamaru (20 Thames Street).