Stewardship land on the Coast is our single biggest issue
We look back on the issue in this clip by Bruce Smith.
For the Coast the issue is that we believe rates should be paid on stewardship land by DOC.
If DOC paid rates on Stewardship Land, the rates burden on Coast ratepayers would be lessened.
Currently only 16% of Coast land is rated. And opening stewardship land on the Coast to mining and other industrial pursuits will provide access to resources which have the potential to save this country, economically speaking. Stewardship land has been ‘locked up’ for 32 years now. It is time to independently evaluate this situation and determine what portion of stewardship land should be given over to production and what portion should be added to the National Park estate.