Ocean Beach Domain

Ocean Beach Domain is an important coastal barrier for the protection of the city as well as a key recreational asset. However, the continued ravages of the coastline by storm events and the latest destruction of the accessways at the sea wall leave the area in a perilous state. The city runs the risk of losing the battle to retain one of its iconic recreational and coastal areas. The City Council faces some hard decisions over the future land use of the beach and the remaining sportsfields. Technically that’s not easy, especially in the face of more than 100 years of coastal management methodologies that have never fully accepted that interfering with the natural equilibrium of coastal dunes is a perilous and often  fruitless pursuit. The Society like many others in Dunedin are deeply concerned with the process and outcomes of the future project that will shape Ocean Beach Domain. It’s also concerned that the management and restoration of Ocean Beach Domain should not be looked at in isolation as a technical engineering project. There are clearly significant social, recreational and ecological values that must be considered in a long term strategic and holistic manner for success to be achieved. That concern has meant submitting on the latest project plan being put to the community as part of the Council’s consultative process. The Society presents that submission for its readership here for others to ruminate on.

Read the Society’s Battle of the Sand Dunes

Ocean Beach Domain

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