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Robson Valley residents worried about high-priced real estate

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The community of Dunster is located roughly 300 km southeast of Prince George.

The issue of who can and can't afford to own a home has become an issue in the community of Dunster in the Robson Valley. Residents of the area are holding a meeting tonight to discuss what some see as a growing problem for the small farming community.

Thomas Rohner is a freelance reporter who has been covering the issue for the Tyee. He says one aspect of the story is Fraser River Landholdings, a company that has been buying land in the area.

"Their buying up property was a huge source of rumours and fears for the locals that I talked to," he says. "There was just this general fear that the community wasn't going to be able to bring new people in to keep the community going."

In response to these fears, Fraser River Landholdings issued a statement saying they provide local jobs, and are commited to the community.

"Fraser River has no interest in buying the whole valley," the statement reads. "Our only interest is continuing to work our privately-owned land and to enjoy the pristine beauty that the Robson Valley affords us." 

Lelani Arris is the president of the Dunster Community Assocation. She says the bigger issue is a lack of smaller pieces of land that would be affordable to young families. She says there are people who want to live in Dunster, but can't find a piece of property small enough for them to afford.

"It's not about pointing fingers at individuals or organizations," she told CBC. "It's about how to do we preserve the community, because people do love it here and people come here and go 'oh my god, I want to live here' but they can't because it's just out of reach."

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