John Wilson Ocean Drive – QUICK submissions due 6 August to DCC

Section 7.3 John Wilson Ocean Drive
Ocean Beach Domain Management Plan

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Post by Elizabeth Kerr


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8 responses to “John Wilson Ocean Drive – QUICK submissions due 6 August to DCC

  1. Peter

    An interesting article by a guy called Paul Pope from the Dunedin Amenities Society in Monday’s ODT. I must say this is not an issue I have really been that conscious of. It’s kind of passed me by. Personally I found the arguments in the article persuasive. Is the ‘Open the Gates’ side basically a perceived freedom issue, to drive where you like, and being able to sit in your car to see the view? Is there anything else?
    I have walked down the road to Lawyers Head once since the gates closed and must say I enjoyed the experience without cars. It’s not as if you can’t go there at all. You just walk.
    The DCC seems to have made a reasonable compromise which pleases nobody.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Mon, 2 Aug 2010
      Opinion: Ocean Beach Domain review warranted
      By Paul Pope
      John Wilson Ocean Dr should be progressively closed and the area developed, argues Paul Pope, on behalf of the Dunedin Amenities Society. The closure of John Wilson Ocean Dr has divided opinion over access to the coastal landscape.
      Read more

  2. Paul

    Thank you for the comments on the opinion piece I wrote for the Dunedin Amenities Society and published in the ODT. It’s very important that we protect and preserve our coastal environment in the face of environmental and climatic uncertainty. Ocean Beach Domain has suffered extensive environmental damage over the past 140 years that has left its ecological, cultural and recreational values severely at risk.

    John Wilson Drive has only added to the devaluing of the reserve through inappropriate vehicle use and behaviour. The scenic and recreational qualities of the drive have been diminished to a point that it is now a rather bleak and grim area for residents and visitors alike.

    The present closure is an opportunity to restore its scenic and recreational qualities to something that Dunedin could be justifiably proud. It’s my belief that investment in the environment of the City can create sustainable ecological and economic growth. The natural recreational linkages to the Otago Peninsuala and city environs are positive outcomes for tourism and the wider community. However, without that restorative investment and physical change those outcomes may not be realised.

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Paul – understand where you’re coming from completely.
      To the side of that there’s something about cars and a rough elemental edge that’s very human, very raw, and worth experiencing repeatedly. Surely, we can have conservation and cars in the same place – it’s called environmental design – finding the shades between the abrupt No or Yes.

  3. David M

    When I was a child my father often used to drive elderly and disabled friends and relatives to places like John Wilson Drive and Lovelock Ave – it’s easy to forget that the removal of roads can exclude some groups of people from easily experiencing these places.

    • Elizabeth

      This is what the Accessible Journey promoted in the New Zealand Disability Strategy is all about; it’s also picked up in the Dunedin City Disability Strategy.

      The Accessible Journey is worth a google, a wide google because it’s not limited to issues with public transport and the built environment.

    • Elizabeth


      ### ODT Online Tue, 4 Jan 2011
      Six-figure proposal for seaside drive
      By Chris Morris
      The transformation of Dunedin’s John Wilson Ocean Dr into a shared space for walkers, cyclists and motorists is likely to cost less than $1 million, but the results could be “quite magnificent”, Dunedin City Council staff say.
      Read more

  4. Paul

    What I’ve observed since the closure of the Drive is that there is more use of the area by people with disabilities than ever before. The restriction of vehicles from the present closure point has made the Drive safer for those who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters as well as walkers and children on bicycles.

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