After holding a meeting behind closed doors today, the Nelson City Council says it has reached a decision on the future of Natureland, but is unable to make it public.
The sale of Natureland and a business plan review was the only item discussed in an special meeting that had been publicly advertised.
The council has announced that it cannot confirm the details of the decision in order to protect the interests of the private parties involved.
In June, the council resolved to enter into negotiations with prospective buyers. As part of the process council has now considered an independent business case review of the charitable trust which is negotiating to take over the operations from Orana Wildlife Trust.
The Orana Wildlife Trust, which bought the small zoo in Tahunanui in 2008, has in recent months been negotiating the sale and transfer of assets to prospective new owners, trust chief executive Lynn Anderson said recently.
The wildlife trust owns the zoo and its animals, and the city council owns the land, which it has leased to the trust.
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