Community covers costs
The Devonport Peninsula Precinct Society has finally finished paying off the costs associated with taking Ryman Healthcare to the Environment Court.
The group spent $81,000 in its bid to amend Ryman’s development of a 600-bed retirement complex in Ngataringa Bay in Devonport.
The development was granted consent by Auckland Council, but the Society lodged an appeal with the Environment Court.
The dispute between the groups was settled in June, but the costs have only just been paid off.
The society spent $10,000 to provide an expert for the commissioner’s hearing on the site’s resource consent, and $71,000 on the legal appeal.
Society spokesman Iain Rea said the community had rallied behind the group to pull together the necessary funds.
More than $25,000 was raised through Give A Little pages, and the Society took out small loans from the community to pay the fees.
The biggest fundraising effort was a weekend yard sale that raised $19,000.
A fundraiser screening of Murder on the Orient Express at the The Vic Cinema on Monday, November 13 pushed the group over the threshold, with all loans repaid and all costs covered.
The 4.2 hectare site in Devonport where Ryman Healthcare is constructing a retirement village.