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THAMES COUNTY NEWS.

OFFER OF BEACH I/AND FOR PUBLIC RESERVE. CROSBIE SETTLEMENT TRACK. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.); THAMES, this day. The Thames County Council, at its annual meeting yesterday, received Mr. P Williamson, of Whangamata, who offered to give seven acres of land facing what is locally regarded as the finest beach on the East Coast, as a public reserve, under most liberal terms. A resolution of thanks to Mr. Williamson for his generous offer was passed. Thirty settlers'' petitioned the council to clean the Matatoki drain and offered to share the cost. ■ The clerk informed the council that the matter had been dealt with between' the meetings, and a tender let. - ■ ,'. . The Minister of Public Works- replied to a deputation which, waited on him when he was in Thames, with reference to the improvement of the Crosbie settlement track. The estimated- • cost of the work is £1000. The Minister said that the Government, 'having »given £1500, would not be justified in providing further free money to the extent of ,£IOOO. He considered the settlers and the county should assist.. He advised the council to undertake the legalisation of four deviations on the track and to get the_ interested settlers to state ■wha.t assistance they would give, whereupon he would consider the question of a subsidy.

The council was disappointed by the reply. Members considered that if the Government desired settlers to take up land it should provide reasonable access. The matter of legalisation was referred to the finance committee for a report.

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THAMES COUNTY NEWS., Auckland Star, Volume LX, Issue 120, 23 May 1929

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THAMES COUNTY NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume LX, Issue 120, 23 May 1929

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