LETTER: Nimmitabel development 

EDITOR: I refer to the article in the Express on Thursday July 19 about Paul Cozens and the Cooma-Monaro policy about development. I doubt there is a local district in Australia that expects all ratepayers to pay for road construction to facilitate the building of individual homes on undeveloped blocks of land.

In an established area a part of the price paid is a premium because the road and other services are already paid for. That was probably because the developer paid the council for all the necessary infrastructure. When we buy a piece of land with or without a house it is usual for the purchaser, personally or using a solicitor, to check with the council on all conditions that might pertain to that particular land. Failure to do so results in the problem confronting Mr Cozens.

When we buy a piece of land with or without a house it is usual for the purchaser, personally or using a solicitor, to check with the council on all conditions that might pertain to that particular land. Failure to do so results in the problem confronting Mr Cozens.

It is a problem that seems to frequently occur in the Cooma shire. One cannot assume that vendors, real estate agencies or conveyance solicitors will always do the right thing by their clients. A would-be purchaser should always check the facts about services and conditions with the local council before buying land. This happens time and time again, people buying apparently cheap land and later discovering the reason why it was so cheap and wanting the council to finance the costs of development. Ratepayers should not carry this burden.

This happens time and time again, people buying apparently cheap land and later discovering the reason why it was so cheap and wanting the council to finance the costs of development. Ratepayers should not carry this burden.

Gratton Wilson, Numeralla

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