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OCEAN BEACH DOMAIN BOARD.

A special meeting of the above Board was held yesterday morning ; present—Messrs J. P. Maitland (in the chair), (J. 0. Bussell, \V. Stcnhouse (Mayor of St. Kilda), M. Sullivan (Mayor of South Dunedin), and 11. Gourley (Mayor of Dunedin). The Chairman said that the meeting was called in consequence of a deputation from the St. Kilda Borough Council waiting on the Board with reference to the gaps that from one cause or another had been formed in the sandhill?. The sum of Lid had been subscribed for the purpose of repairing one of these gaps, and the work stood very well. The following letter had since been received from Mr Rankin, town clerk of St. Kik'a Borough, enclosing the inspector’s c.‘ timate (Lot 3a 0.1) cf cost of strengthening the gaps and other weak places in the sandhills. The writer added that the Borough Council were of opinion that the best thing to do is to prohibit the removal of sand. Since the deputation from the Council recently waited on the Board the police had by their supervision stopped all removal of sand for the time being. That, said the speaker, was the present position of affairs, but ho might add that he told the deputation that it was probable that the Board would like to inspect the sandhills before entertaining the proposal that it should vote funds.

Mr Gonu.KV said he thought that the borough Avas justified iu asking contributions ; indeed, he thought they had a right to appeal to the Government for assistance in the matter, in the Avay of getting the District Engineer to inspect the sandhills, inasmuch as it was a work that the Government must ultimately take up. A great deal of the damage had been caused by the Government vvorks in connection with the erection of the fortifications at the beach, a network of grass that used to cover the hills and keep the fcand doAvn having been broken through by the said AA'orks, allowing the sand to blow aAvay and become dispersed. It was absurd to talk of LSO covering the protective work that was required—Lsoo would not look at it, and even Li,ooo would not do it properly. The borough had no means of carrying out the necessary Avorks. Mr Stnuocsk seconded the motion, and after some discussion it Avas resolved that the members of the Board pay a visit of inspection to the sandhills. This was done, and on returning the Board resolved to expend a sum not exceeding L3O in protective Avorks, as suggested by the St, Kilda Council, and that the chairman apply to the Government for the services of the District Engineer to report as to the best means of protecting the Flat from tho inroads ot the sea through the sandhills, and draAv the GoA’crnment’s attention to the breaches caused by the cutting aAvay of the sandhills in connection with the erection of the battery by the Defence Department.

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OCEAN BEACH DOMAIN BOARD., Evening Star, Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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OCEAN BEACH DOMAIN BOARD. Evening Star, Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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