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  Ocean Beach Domain has been in the news over recent years as the city struggles with the erosion of the dunes and beach. What we see there today is something quite different to what it was. That change was brought about by the pressures of a developing city for raw resources, the acclimatisation of marram grass and ultimately the need to tame the coast for the physical protection of the city…. Read More

The recent damage of the sea wall at St Clair Esplanade is a pertinent reminder of the power and ferocity of the ocean and the continuation of an issue that has been prominent in Dunedin since the beginnings of colonial settlement. The extension of physical occupation of coastal areas by people and the development of infrastructure around that occupation has been fraught with problems. Worse still has been the undermining of the important… Read More

The Star Midweeker recently reported that a proposal to re-establish sea-bird populations at Lawyers Head by Forest & Bird has been put on hold until the Dunedin City Council completes the Ocean Beach Domain Management Plan. The project involves placing audio equipment at Lawyers head to attract birds back to the area and has already received funding from Speights Brewery. The rationale for the Council deferring the project is that the request… Read More

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… Read More

It’s been difficult to believe that the vehicle users lobby are suggesting that better walking and cycling access on John Wilson Drive is a form of selfishness. The fact that John Wilson Drive has been dominated by motor vehicles for the last 50 years does not seem to have entered the equation. Worse still, the public have been asked to suffer the burden of the destruction of the scenic qualities of the Drive… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society have a long association with the City’s coastline and in particular Ocean Beach Domain. The long running issue at John Wilson Drive has been one that the Society have commented on regularly and will keep a watching brief as the City goes into Annual Plan mode.  It has always been the Society’s position that the Drive should remain closed to vehicles and that the present placement of barriers on the… Read More

John Wilson Drive continues to polarize the Dunedin community between those who want the opportunity to enjoy the area free of vehicles and those who see the change in use as a form of selfishness. The interesting point is that the Drive has never really been closed to the public, except when construction work was being undertaken on the pipeline and it was hazardous for the public. It’s worth remembering  that John Wilson… Read More

The people pictured in the car  didn’t throw the rubbish out of the window, but have a look at how close the brand new bin is beside the parking area. Was it too much to walk over and put the remains of the Colonel’s secret herbs and spices into the bin? Littering like this makes our city look awful and casts a blight on our reputation as a clean green place to… Read More

The recent publication  in the Otago Daily Times of the events around the mining of the sand dunes at Ocean Beach Domain in the 1880’s was a very timely one in a national sense. The recent debate over the mining of protected areas and the significant protest held in Auckland reminds us that we have much to learn from the fables of history. At Ocean Beach the Crown irrevocably damaged the dunes and were made… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society took the opportunity to submit on the closure of John Wilson Drive. The Society feels that in the wider interests of the Reserve that the Drive should be altered to protect the dunes for the safeguarding of South Dunedin in the wake of climatic change. The submisison is attached for people to read and digest. Submission on John Wilson Drive