Save Ocean Beach

The natural and physical resources of Ocean beach and its adjacent City Dunedin are under threat and you can help!

The very necessary research into the best solution for Ocean Beach is now well underway.

In the last few weeks studies have been commissioned into the historical, cultural, and social, elements that will help us understand how human intervention in the past might have affected the present situation. An ecological study of the area is also underway. Following discussions with NIWA (the National Institute of Weather and Atmospheric Research), a Cam-Era site has also been selected. This will provide time lapse digital images of the shoreline and surf zones to locate erosion 'hot spots'.

A full topographical survey of Ocean Beach will be carried out this month. Work is also underway to carry out a bathymetric (sea floor) survey off Ocean Beach later this year or early in 2009.

Most of the above projects should be completed by March 2009, and will help us to prepare a draft long term plan for the management of the Ocean Beach. As previously advised, there will be further public consultation with the public before the reviewed plan is presented to the Council for consideration. It is only at the end of that process that consents for the long term plan will be sought.