Tlie executive of the Otago Expansion League met last evening, there being present Messrs A. Bathgate (m the chair), O. Fenwick, A. Moritzson, P. Duncan, and J. I. Wright. The Chairman stated that the meeting had been called to consider the question of the preservation of the Walpon Bush, and after some discussion the following motion was carried :
That this league learn with astonishment and indignation that a license has been granted to cut timber in the Waipori Bush, notwithstanding the representations made to the Government by the local members of Parliament and the league that it was very desirable that the bush should be made a public reserve and the promise that the matter would receive careful consideration on the expiry of the pastoral lease which included in'its area part of the bush. The league moat strongly protest against the granting of the license, and demand its immediate cancellation, as if this bo not done one of the four remaining beautiful wooded glens in the Otago district will be irretrievably ruined. It it a matter of surprise and regret to the league that the Government, for tho sake of a few pounds of revenue, should permit the destruction of the natural beauty of a romantic locality, which can never be restored, and which, if preserved, would be a much-prized heritage to future generations of the people of Otago. That this resolution bo immediately telegraphed to the Hon. Minister of Lands, and a copy be sent to the local members of Parliament, with a request that their aid be given to prevent the perpetration of the contemplated vandalism.
The secretary was also instructed to send a copy of the resolution to his Worship tho Mayor, and also to the Commissioner of Crown Lands, Dunedin.
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EXPANSION LEAGUE, Evening Star, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914