Save Ocean Beach

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

The surveys and investigations scheduled for Ocean Beach in 2008 are now complete.

A full topographical survey has been completed, together with a bathymetric survey. The automated Cam-eras are running, and the pictures from them should be available for viewing though the NIWA website. Tenders closed on 12 December for Hydrodynamic Modelling, which is the study into such elements as wave refraction, sediment transport, and the effect of storms on the beach. This will be part of the further research into the dynamics of the beach in the New Year.

There has also been good progress with a series of Focus Group meetings with the key stakeholders, and these will continue into 2009.

As these studies progress and the information base grows, the Council will continue to liaise with the Otago Regional Council and the Department of Conservation to identify the best solution for the Ocean Beach.

As previously advised, the results of these studies will form part of a draft plan for the Ocean Beach which will be fully consulted with the community before it is formally considered by the Council.