Published 11 March 2009
A bill to amend the definition of Albert Park so the Auckland Art Gallery can be extended – among other historic oversights, errors or omissions relating to land status – has been referred to Parliament’s Primary Production Select Committee.
Land Information Minister Richard Worth said the Reserves & Other Lands Disposal Bill had been sitting on the order paper since last July and passed its first reading yesterday.
"Local authorities, Government departments & other interested parties have been waiting for this bill to progress so relevant land-related matters can be resolved. We are very pleased to have swiftly brought it into the House and referred it to select committee," Mr Worth said.
The bill dealt with non-controversial authorisations, transfers & validations of matters relating to Crown land, reserves & other land held for public or private purposes that can’t otherwise be easily dealt with. The last act of this nature was enacted in 2003.
Dr Worth said the bill had 58 clauses covering 17 items. Clauses 6-9 related to the Auckland Art Gallery proposal. Dr Worth said: "I understand there is now a difference of view on this item between the Auckland City Council – which requested it – and the Auckland Regional Council, but I consider that the matter is best resolved at select committee."
Attribution: Parliament release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.