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DCC mulls options as erosion closes beach track

Photo by Craig Baxter
Photo by Craig Baxter
Dunedin City Council sportsfields and facilities officer Harold Driver looks at erosion on the walkway between St Clair and St Kilda Beaches which forced the closure of the track last week.
Council staff and consultants met on site yesterday morning to determine what repairs were required.
Parks and reserves team leader Lisa Wheeler said part of the track had been narrowed and an 80m realignment would "hopefully" be in place by the end of the week.
She said the council would eventually decide whether the realignment would become permanent, or the original track repaired.
"We will wait until the weather calms down a bit and if it's worth doing repairs there, then we will."
The council's position on the erosion meant monitoring and replenishment work was being carried out as required, but major work to protect the area would not occur for another decade.
However, "one of the goals that we are trying to achieve is maintaining that recreation flow through there", Ms Wheeler said.
Signs notifying the public of the realignment would be erected today.