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At last night’s meeting of the South Dunedin Borough Council, the inspector reported that great changes wore taking place along the whole of the sandhills from St. Clair to the end of the Queen’s Drive, and he drew the attention not only of this but other boroughs to the matter. The most serious disappearance of sand was taking place at the east end of the St. Kilda defence works, and prior to the erection of these works that part of the sandhills was quite secure. At this point, where recently thousands of yards were banked up in security, there now remained an almost flat apace of six chains by four chains. This could be easily converted into a recreation ground by covering it with clay to a depth of say a foot deep. Victoria street still remained an eyesore, being impassablofor any traffic. Theapproach from the beach end of the Queen’s Drive to the beach would require about LI 3 or Ll4 to make a safe way for vehicles. About L 55 would be required to stop many dangerous gaps in the sandhills, and also to complete the approach to the beach. The report was adopted. The Matok said ho thought the matter of the sandhills was something more serious than the Dunedin reservoir. It would, in his opinion, be best to draw the attention of tho Government to the gaps at the battery. Mr Larnach was moving about matters connected with the borough, and it would bo as well to communicate with him on the subject. It would take L3S to pat the other places right, leaving the part at the battery out of the question. He thought a stop should be put to* the removal of sand from the hills altogether.—lt was decided to write Mr Larnach and the South Danedin Council to co-operate in the matter.

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DISAPPEARANCE OF THE SANDHILLS., Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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DISAPPEARANCE OF THE SANDHILLS. Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889