WELLINGTON, April. 28. The Commissioners of Crown .Lands 'met- in Wellington at the request of the Minister of hands for the purpose of considering matters of vital importance in regard to the administration of the lands of the Dominion. All the Commissioners were present. The Minister, in opening the conference, set out the importance of the questions that Land Boards were dealing witTl at the present time and would have to deal with in future. He emphasised the fact that the effect of the war upon the Dominion in placing heavy financial burdens upon the country would necessitate the most active administration of. the lands of the Dominion to bring them into production as early as possible. Closer settlement would have to be carried out with the utmost activity, it would be their duty to deal with the dry lands of the country so as to brings them into productivity, and swamp lands which up to the present had shown such prospects of successful development must not be neglected. Unproductive pumice lands and gum lands would require the strictest attention'ot' the Land Boards in whose districts they were located, with a view to bringing forward recommendations for dealing with them in a practical manner. Another burning question concerned the higli lauds, especially those of the South Island. 'iliis question required most serious attention in the luture, so that not only might present productivity be maintained, but increased wherever possible.
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LAND CONTROL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919
LAND CONTROL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919
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