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The Queenstown Lakes District Council has set up a newsletter dedicated to Mount Iron and Little Mount Iron.

It will track the mountains’ path from private ownership to a 100ha public reserve by May next year.

Part of the mountain is already a Department of Conservation reserve.

Last December, the council struck a deal with the owners, the Cleugh family, to transfer another 100ha into community ownership, in perpetuity.

Before ownership transfers, the council must get resource consent to clear vegetation so it can build a safety fence along a small section of the boundary.

It also has to get Public Works Act approval to acquire and classify the area as a recreation reserve.

These consents must be in place by November 8.

Community feedback about what should be in the recreation reserve will then be sought early next year.

More than 150,000 people walk on Mount Iron every year to admire 360 degree views of the Upper Clutha basin.