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Children’s toys and picture books lie in piles at the former Stand Children’s Services village in Roxburgh in preparation for a “last hurrah” jumble sale, taking place today at the site from 4pm to 8pm.

The final evidence of decades of children spending time at the village will be be dispersed after nearly 80 years of operation, but plans for the site have yet to emerge.

Department of Conservation (Doc) statutory land management adviser Ken Stewart said Doc was taking over responsibility for the site until its future was decided.

It was likely that the reserve status would be removed and Land Information New Zealand would be asked to consider the future of the land under the Crown land disposal process, Mr Stewart said.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said ideas, rather than solid proposals, had been suggested for the former children’s village site.

These included accommodation for backpackers, orchard workers or people riding bike trails.

“All of these have involved private enterprise, which would not involve council but would rather occur after the land has been through the Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act, should iwi choose not to take an interest in the site.”

Stand chief executive Dr Fiona Inkpen said it intended to establish an office in Alexandra for about six staff who would remain in the region.

“All going well, we will be moving into it at the end of May this year.”