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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 Dunedin City Council is presently consulting on the next stage of its cycle network for South Dunedin in Victoria Road. The project has raised the ire of residents in the area because of a loss of parking, dangers to pedestrians due to the shared design of the proposal, a loss of business and the timeframe of the consultation process. The City Council has already changed the proposed route away from the… 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 drawn out debate over the use of John Wilson Drive has been centred around people’s rights to access, or more accurately their right to use that access by vehicle. The political debate  disintegrated into a blatant popularity contest without any reasoned argument on what actually would provide the greatest benefit to the city. Councillors wanting the drive reopened to vehicles that spoke at the recent council meeting, only discussed their own embarrassment over the continuing issue. Not one councillor… 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 been writing and presenting submissions to the City Council since 1888. While many people may question the validity of the Annual Plan process, the Society have always actively sought to put its views on a variety of issues to the Council. The only thing that groups like the Society can expect from the Annual Plan process is a fair hearing, and we like others took our turn… 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