Paul Pope’s strategic overview of coastal conservation #Dunedin

Received from Paul Pope
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 at 10:52 a.m.

█ Message: I see sand dunes and erosion are a hot topic on the What if? website. I thought I would send you a submission I made to the City Council on Ocean Beach Domain in 2008/2009 which gives a detailed strategic overview of coastal issues and provides a basis for a variety of solutions to a number of problems including land occupation. Also I have created a Facebook page under my personal account called: The beginners guide to coastal conservation.
I created it to provide people with information on coastal issues.

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Ocean Beach Domain Submission Doc [718853] by Paul Pope [cover contents]

█ Download: Paul Pope: Ocean Beach Domain Submission (PDF, 1 MB)

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  1. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    Your word on preventing erosion at St Clair
    Concerned St Clair residents are urging the city council to undertake immediate work to prevent further beach erosion.
    Ch39 Link

    39 Dunedin Television Published on Aug 19, 2015
    Your word on preventing erosion at St Clair

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    Dunedin Television Opinion Poll
    Should more be done to prevent erosion at St Clair?

    Results so far:
    Yes 77%
    No 23%
    Total votes: 53

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    DCC doesn’t give a stuff about local marinescape – iconic St Clair groyne washes away. Kettle Park to follow.

    ODT: Poles disappearing like skittles in the sand

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Fri, 21 Aug 2015
      Reader slideshow – St Clair’s iconic beach poles
      Prompted by yesterday’s story regarding the grim outlook for the wooden poles at St Clair beach, we asked ODT readers to send us in their favourite photos of the iconic Dunedin landmark and they have responded with some stunning images.
      Slideshow

  2. Since the first development of cities, human beings have valued ‘solid ground’ on which they could build. Then, as land in cities became more valuable, humans set about ‘creating’ more ‘useful solid ground’ by piping creeks, filling in ‘swamps’ and tidying up messy beaches with acres of pointless sand dunes by building sea walls and esplanades and constructing seaside recreational facilities. Now it’s all coming back to bite them. Land and water are dynamic natural systems which don’t take kindly to ignorant human meddling.
    The reason the DCC refuses to recognise that ONLY vegetated sand dune systems can effectively protect a coastline from the sea (and, so in Dunedin’s case, protect a significant part of the city) is that they know very well they haven’t got any money left to correct the ignorant mistakes of the past. Having spent the money on things the city doesn’t really need.
    I actually read Mr Pope’s submission and it all makes sense to me. It may seem to advocate a radical fix but what earlier generations of Dunedin residents did to the coastline is actually the radical (and destructive) part.

  3. Elizabeth

    ODT 21.10.15 (page 14)

    ODT 21.10.15 Letter to editor Pope p14

    Then this squalid climate change crock….

    ### ODT Online Wed, 21 Oct 2015
    NZ’s ‘clean environment’ under pressure
    Source: NZ Herald
    A major new report has shown how New Zealand’s “clean green” environment is under pressure on all fronts – particularly from climate change and intensive land use. The Environment Aotearoa 2015 report – jointly released by Statistics New Zealand and Ministry for the Environment today and drawing on data from hundreds of sources – makes a sweeping health check of our green and blue backyard.
    Read more

  4. Elizabeth

    Data recovered would be analysed alongside open coast sea-level data from Niwa’s Green Island monitoring station.

    ### ODT Online Wed, 2 Mar 2016
    Sea level to be studied
    By Craig Borley
    An Otago University geography student has entered the battle for St Clair, beginning detailed research on the beach’s tide levels in an effort to understand ongoing erosion. The work will enable precise monitoring of sea levels at the beach and compare those levels with episodes of dune erosion between St Clair and St Kilda.
    Read more

  5. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Tue, 15 Mar 2016
    Fresh concern over Middle Beach erosion
    A local resident is helping to ensure the Dunedin City Council follows through on a promise to tackle erosion at Middle Beach. He’s raised concerns over delays to proposed work, during the council’s latest Community and Environment Committee meeting. But whether it’s a case of inaction, or a lack of reporting, has yet to be seen.
    Ch39 Video

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    Received from Lyndon Weggery
    Tue, 15 Mar 2016 at 10:59 a.m.

    As presented today at the Public Forum hosted before the DCC Community and Environment Committee meeting:

    Middle Beach Sand Dunes

    Thank you to Cr Jinty MacTavish (chair) for this opportunity to speak to you today about the Middle Beach Sand Dunes. Last Monday week I attended a Public Meeting about the effects of the 3 June 2015 flooding in South Dunedin. I have to say there were a lot of angry people there and to be honest they are still looking for meaningful answers from the Dunedin City Council. However what was mentioned in passing by a local St Clair resident was the equal importance of preserving the sand dunes at Middle Beach because without this action the residents of South Dunedin face a double whammy. A point made very clear in Jan Wright’s Environment Report last November. So it is from a South Dunedin perspective (where I work, do my personal business and have many friends living on the flat) that I make my representations today.

    As you know it is Council policy based on the 2011 Tonkin & Taylor Report that a Holding Pattern be effected until a more permanent solution is found. Last January [parks, recreation and aquatics group manager] Richard Saunders submitted a request to you for funds to continue the long -term investigations and happened to mention that an updated December 2015 T&T report had been received on holding the line with the short term Holding Pattern. Richard has graciously made a copy of it available to me and I note that it recommends the following;

    ● The damaged Sand Sausages to be repaired and upgraded to “mega bags” at an estimated cost of $460,000.
    ● The Reno Mattresses lying further down towards St Kilda to be repaired and extended at an estimated cost $120,000.

    Obviously there are processes to be followed including confirming the design of the specialised Mega Bags, renewing ORC consents, arranging the re-stockpiling of the Sand at Moana Rua Rd and finding the extra $580,000 from the existing 2015/16 Parks & Reserves Budget. This last process is necessary because it seems that the initial funding $250,000 pa for the Holding Pattern has been removed from the 2012 LTP.

    You will recall Bill Brown from 171A Victoria Rd telling you last August that he seriously doubted whether these sand dunes would survive another winter and it was encouraging for Richard to inform us in the ODT on 12 February 2016 that “detailed design of the new sand sausages was expected to be completed by the end of next month and construction to be complete by mid June.” That‘s 90 days from now and you will note from the attached Report that on p.3 that there is a 6-8 weeks lead time for the mega bag containers to be “fabricated and supplied in NZ as there is only limited stock”. In other words Staff need to place a formal order by mid April for the June deadline to be met.

    In the last email from you [Cr MacTavish], you advised that as this matter fell between budgets it was being treated as an operational matter by staff and Management were confident that work would be completed by the end of the financial year. While that is re-assuring the question remains about keeping Councillors and the public at large informed with regular updates so that the June deadline target is met and it is disappointing that apart from the Public Forum this most important matter is not on the formal Agenda.

    In terms of the Local Government Act 2002 Councillors have a statutory role to govern and are understandably reluctant to interfere with staff operations. Whilst the Act doesn’t define the governing principles they are generally defined in other sectors as the following:

    1. Making a strategy.
    2. Providing policy (rules & guidelines).
    3. Appointing people to carry out that plan.
    4. Making people accountable.
    5. Measuring performance.
    6. Making sure risks are managed.

    If you reflect on the last four you can see the implications with the issue of the Sand Dunes and all I ask is that regular updates be presented to this Committee in the months ahead leading up to June. Whether it is senior staff updating the Chair and that information being passed onto the Committee or staff expected to report to a regular monthly Agenda item.

    That is over to you because to satisfy at least two Councillors sitting round this table it means that the update comes into the public domain, the ODT hopefully report on it and the rest of us get to know that meaningful progress has been made to complete the Holding Pattern upgrade by 15 June. We have just 90 days!!!

    Lyndon Weggery
    15.3.16

  6. Gurglars

    Welldone Lyndon! One of the major problems I see in the public submission concept is that staff and councillors can and do continue to ignore rational submissions whether for idealogical or political reasons.

    Unless councillors take note of rational submissions the concept of submissions should be scrapped entirely.

    In this manner no council could resile from their decision making on the basis that it was supported by submitters- a problem with the democratic process in Dunedin ( and certainly in Kaipara)

    • Elizabeth

      The commottee meeting discussed the problem identified by Lyndon – ie regular performance reporting by staff to councillors on projects as important as this. I think there will be change. Hilary Calvert and Richard Thomson picked up on it in the affirmative.

    • Diane Yeldon

      Gurglars: Public forum submissions (like Lyndon’s) can give a councillor an opportunity to at least ask questions about the topic raised and perhaps move that it be considered at an appropriate committee. Otherwise some topics never get on council or committee agendas. I think only the Mayor and the CEO can set agendas for council meetings and the committee chairs do it for committee meetings. Certainly setting the agenda of a meeting gives whoever does it a great deal of power over decision-making. And perhaps even more about NOT making a decision on something. I don’t think ordinary councillors can put things on agendas. They may be able to ask but I think they can be refused. Be interested to hear from anyone who knows more about this.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        It’s well stacked against the common peasant, isn’t it! Woo-hoo – we get to vote once every 3 years. We get to make submissions and all sorts of keep’em busy stuff, but apart from mouth action during election campaigns, the processes for ignoring our concerns could have been designed specifically to prevent us from interfering in staff and “some” elected representatives’ projects taking precedence over our needs.
        This is galling to the max when a councillor who gets it about living within the city’s means, and belt-tightening till the debt is shrunk down to something that doesn’t scream “spending addicts are running the show” – that councillor, the one whose very name brings His Worship out in hives, is forbidden to say anything that the scratchy-chained Malady doesn’t like. And he doesn’t like much that’s about prudent management and good governance. “Priorities” isn’t a popular concept either.
        It’s not long till the election.

      • Gurglars

        Diane, You’re an optimist, unfortunately I’m a cured optimist where publicly elected officials are controlled by overpaid bureaucrats!

        • Diane Yeldon

          Not only an optimist (which I think is a matter of temperament) but also a realist. I think the present system of local government is broken, unworkable and can’t be fixed until central government stops loading more and more responsibilities, many of them time and money-wasting requirements, onto local government without letting local government have the necessary resources. (Which wouldn’t be affordable for ratepayers anyway.)

          Local government can be argued to amount to a protection racket, comparable to the mob (like the Italian Mafia in the US) saying, ‘Give us regular payments and we’ll make sure your shop isn’t smashed up, and if you don’t pay, we’ll smash it up ourselves.’ Except that local government does actually provide some useful services for property, like roads and drains. But governments have always wanted their cut from property owners because property owners are in a vulnerable position. If they don’t pay up, their property can be confiscated. Which is why rates are a charge on property, not a charge to a person.

          But in a society which recognises the fairness of income tax (ie don’t tax a person more than they earn), the unfairness of taxing people on an asset is strangely rarely talked about. The UK moved to a poll tax for local government funding but I think they kept property taxes as well. So IMO political apathy at local government level is very bad for property owners because more and more rates money is likely to be extracted from them and wasted if there is little or no public comment or protest.

          Which I think is what happened in Dunedin. And since everyone has to live somewhere, what is bad for property owners usually adversely affects tenants.

          Actually, Gurglars, am a cynic: things can always get WORSE! Much worse. For example, I think Mayor Chin and CEO Harland were at one stage planning to ‘steal’ the DCC city library and might very well have done it if there had been no public criticism. And imagine if there had been no public comment about the DCC picking up the tab for the rugby guys’ booze. It would have very likely just become ‘normal’ and part of Dunedin ‘tradition’, just like taking home the car from work and maybe not taking it back.

  7. Lyndon Weggery

    Thanks for your support everyone. It was the first time for a while that at least three Councillors asked me questions. What was very significant about yesterday was the fact that Group Manager Richard Saunders had just emailed Councillors the previous day on “progress’ with fixing the sand dunes but the public doesn’t know what he said. Tim Brown of the ODT interviewed me later about my submission and in the course of the interview I reminded him of the existence of Richard’s email and suggested that he follow this up. Unfortunately there is no report of what happened yesterday in today’s ODT which is a little suprising given the seriousness of the issue. There is a meeting of the St Clair Action Group tomorrow night at 6pm in the Surf Live Saving Club rooms and perhaps we will find out more. As I said in the submission we have 90 days!!!!!

    • Hype O'Thermia

      You’re doing good, you’re making a difference, Lyndon Weggery! “It was the first time for a while that at least three Councillors asked me questions.” It’s getting very difficult to turn blind eyes and deaf ears towards – that’s a small miracle already.

    • Elizabeth

      Otago Peninsula Community Board member Paul Pope addressed the South Dunedin public meeting, emphasising the importance for South Dunedin communities, of managing the dunes at Ocean Beach – this towards the conclusion of question time. He has a continuing and declared interest in this coastal management issue – see post at top of thread.

  8. Gurglars

    Diane, I agree with everything you wrote above.

    What if is representative of initially a small part of the taxpayer complaining as C.Northcote Parkinson stated, “taxes will rise until the customer complains”.

    The problem is that Labour and particularly Green views have swamped the DCC and certainly Wellington councils.

    Their ambition is socialism, state controlled, the state provideth and the state taketh away.

    Naturally, bureaucrats the workers and leaders of the state love Green and Labour aspirations because their ever higher salaries and lifestyle are only supported by higher taxation.

    At present if the DCC workforce and close family vote for councillors en bloc they will all get in, an unbelievable gerrymander.

    The only hope of a “revolution” to achieve a more sensible Dunedin government is to reduce staff numbers to minimise the effect of the gerrymander.

    Reducing the DCC debt is an unwitting but desirable bonus of achieving this.

    As staff numbers increase (as they have done dramatically when one includes Delta and the DCC owned companies) this anomaly only worsens.

    So perhaps selling off the non-contributing companies is the only sensible way forward for the impoverished ratepayer!

  9. Diane Yeldon

    Gurglars: It’s an interesting comment on our society that Northcote Parkinson is often considered a ‘satirist’ or a ‘humourist’, when IMO he was merely describing the way bureaucracy ( or ‘the administrative society’) works. http://www.economist.com/node/13976732
    IMO the rot started with the ancient Greeks ( the privileged male class – who wrote about the superiority of the mind), because they looked down on manual labour as work of the body and fit only for women and slaves.
    So a couple of thousand years’ later, Bertrand Russell ( a member of the upper class) was still saying: “What is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first one is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.” http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/315698-what-is-work-work-is-of-two-kinds-first-altering
    The trouble is there’s often a great chasm between the doing and the telling, with the ones doing the telling often not knowing what they are talking about and the ones doing the doing not caring as long as they get paid.
    “Total gerrymander’ may be a good way of politically, economically and socially describing NZ society right now.
    Nice change to be agreed with, since over many decades, I have gradually moved away from a socialist and green label (pretty much alienating everyone I knew in the process) to a very pragmatic ‘localist’ view, which is hardly ever even talked about in NZ : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Localism_(politics)
    As far a ‘socialism’ supports the Western Enlightenment principles of ‘liberty, equality and fraternity’, I still support it, same with ‘Green politics’, as far as that supports the protection of the natural environment, but IMO the only prescription for action which actually works in practice is localism – and people won’t involve themselves in that in sufficient numbers until they really feel they have something to complain about – and, I suppose, at least a little optimism. As least they might be able to stop things getting WORSE. (Not sure whether that last statement is optimistic or the opposite.)

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Diane – “and the ones doing the doing not caring as long as they get paid.”
      IME they care, until experience beats it out of them. Experience being, attempting to give input to the “telling” people from their experience and observations only to be knocked back every time. Cynicism sets in, they do work knowing it’s useless or worse. Got to pull it down next week? Ho hum, don’t complain – it’s more hours of work, it’s money. Enough dumb instructions from the “tellers” and it could even be overtime!

  10. Elizabeth

    Issue raised by Lyndon Weggery at Tuesday’s council community and environment committee meeting.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 17 Mar 2016
    $580k to reinstate St Clair coastal defences
    By Timothy Brown
    The Dunedin City Council will spend $580,000 shoring up the St Clair sea wall and sand dunes before this winter. A memo to the council from environmental and engineering consultancy firm Tonkin + Taylor in December revealed the extent of the cost to repair sand sausages and Reno mattresses at the deteriorating beach.
    Read more

  11. Hype O'Thermia

    I was shocked to see the cost. Less than $1million. I didn’t think the DCC ever came up with a scheme for less that $1m. Perhaps I’ve been ignoring the wanted, needed, useful work, dazzled dizzy by the ditzy vanity/professional sport/planet-saving projects at eye-searing costs.

  12. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Thu, 17 Mar 2016
    St Kilda focus of sand erosion study
    Local university students are researching St Kilda beach in an effort to better understand dune erosion. They’re studying sea levels and foredunes to see how they impact sand depletion.
    Ch39 Video

  13. Elizabeth

    Long-term solutions to erosion and safety issues at St Clair Beach remained elusive at a meeting held yesterday.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 18 Mar 2016
    Beach solutions remain elusive
    By Vaughan Elder
    Concerned residents, surfers and Dunedin City Council representatives attended the meeting organised by the St Clair Action Group, which is fighting for improvements to the beach. Those who came seeking long-term answers to problems on the beach, including those caused by the sea wall, were told by council reserves and recreation planning team leader Richard Saunders solutions would be reached only after the issues had been thoroughly investigated.
    Read more

  14. Elizabeth

    Comment at ODT Online:

    Sand dune work
    Submitted by weg2008 on Sun, 20/03/2016 – 12:18pm.

    While it’s great the DCC is at long last spending some of our money to fix up the sand dunes, what is not so great is the decision to leave the Reno Mattresses till later. Council reason given? Contractors can’t do both jobs at once.
    Oh really! Or is this a cost saving measure which will expose Kettle Park to further damage when the winter storms come?

  15. Lyndon Weggery

    Elizabeth – thanks for posting my ODT as per above. It is alarming that Richard Saunders suddenly drops a bombshell at the St Clair Action Group meeting last Wednesday to say only the sand sausages are being fixed. His reason (as not reported in the ODT) was that the one contractor to be engaged for the work cannot do the Reno mattress as well within the June deadline. Yet when I revealed the contents of the updated T&T Report and specifically the total costings at last Tuesday’s Community and Environment Committee meeting not a word to the contrary was said by any Council staff that the total estimated $580,000 was not being spent. Listening to the discussion Richard did not reveal any limits to the work to be done or consequent reduced spending. As I said publicly this is short-sighted and putting Kettle Park in further danger as long term solutions are at least two years away. I have emailed Councillor Jinty MacTavish (as chairperson of this Committee) asking for an explanation and will keep everyone posted.
    In the meantime the good news is that Clare Curran is convening a followup meeting in her office next Tuesday at 12 noon for those who ticked their preference to join a South Dunedin Action Group at the last Public Meeting on the 3 June 2015 flooding. This is a major step towards restoring meaningful advocacy for South Dunedin with Council and I guess this new Group will also keep an eagle eye on the coastline.

    • Elizabeth

      My impression of the gentleman at the CEC meeting was one of an operator and not in glowing lights. Never think it’s possible to befriend or persuade bureaucrats – it’s akin to being done like a dog’s dinner.

      Hit them over the head. Be persistent about it so they can’t run and hide. Keep their every word exposed / out in the open.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        And make sure that they cannot operate in secrecy. Thank you Lyndon for keeping us informed, step by step, of what’s going on – in this case being half-done.
        Compare this with the other scheme, one that is loudly espoused by one group with high perception of entitlement, and promoted no effort of expense spared by the planet-savers in Council and DCC. Yes folks, cycle lanes. Retro-fitted irrespective of suitability, rebuilt at extra expense when the originals were outstandingly poorly designed – and now, since the S Dunedin meeting, it’s common knowledge that the bulges and bunions at intersections block the flow of storm water to next grating >> away. (Not sure if these were part of the cycle lane obsession or – since they are in non-c.l. areas and force cyclists and motorists to go wider round corners, so probably attributable to another road-maven’s uncontrollable tic – see a corner: add a bunion.)

        So here we come to beach protection, sand dunes. This isn’t something to go “yeah-nah” about. It’s not going to wait unchanging like Sleeping Beauty from “last Tuesday’s Community and Environment Committee meeting” till whenever [ahem] the contractors have time to do the whole NECESSARY job.

        Is sand-sausagery such a specialized occupation that there is only one contractor available – “His reason (as not reported in the ODT) was that the one contractor to be engaged for the work cannot do the Reno mattress as well within the June deadline”? It cannot be unwillingness to engage more than one contractor – we now have an extra (prepared to do the job in return for the money, I hope) contractor to clear mud traps in S Dunedin, as well as the previous company which is without criticism but one hopes with diligent supervision, to continue being paid to clear the rest of the city’s mud traps.

        So, is there really only one company who can install sand sausages AND Reno mattresses? Is it such an arduous process that having done one, a company’s staff need a long, long lie-down before being available for another contract? Is the DCC suddenly coming over all economical, and if so, why do they have to do it at the most inappropriate time when something that’s not a frill, a fad or a folly but a necessity, is overdue for getting done?

    • Diane Yeldon

      Hmmm, a local ‘action group’ convened by a local MP, presumably to make representations to the local council on local government issues. Thinking about how this compares with a community board for South Dunedin. IMO totally flawed, because of the involvement of central government party politics. If you care about the local area and its local government but (in this case) don’t vote Labour, you are likely to feel excluded. I think the Local Government Commission (who make the rules and set the policy about local government representation) have an overall plan, very likely central government directed, of abolishing all community boards. A cynic could say that community boards were only ever intended as a temporary sweetener to formerly independent local authorities who were effectively compulsorily amalgamated about 1990. So their abolition was always intended, along with the ward system. The ward system really was merely token representation because ward councillors legally could not particularly promote their constituents’ interests in any way (crazy!). But in areas of dense population and/or a genuine, natural and uncontrived geographical community of interest, i think community boards can really give a voice from the local grass roots to council. The Otago Peninsula Community Board might be working well because of this ‘naturalness’ but the Taieri Mosgiel one maybe had a reputation for being dysfunctional because the geographical area involved was too big, the population sparse in places and the structure artificial. You can’t draw a line on a map and create a community. But I think South Dunedin is a natural community and would do better with some kind of reprresentation to council. The fairest way to do this is for residents to elect their own reps and the most obvious structure to use for this is a community board. So this is might be a useful outcome of South Dunedin Labour MP, Clare Curran’s meeting: to lobby for a South Dunedin community board. Would not be quick, but IMO has the best potential for long-term effectiveness. If Community Boards are completely out of the question (there is the issue of funding and whether the money involved is well-spent), then a local ‘progressive society’ or ‘neighbourhood committee’ might work. Plenty of precedents for these. But they depend entirely on the energy and commitment of the grass roots, sometimes low in resources.

      • Elizabeth

        There is no chance at all of all community boards in the greater Dunedin area being disestablished. Fact. The representation review has clearly noted the need for democratic representation for rural people as distinct from urban dwellers. The review panel is yet to make its final recommendations but their comments have been telling to date through their engagement. If metropolitan councillors were doing their job Ms Curran’s Labour “electoral campaign” at South Dunedin would be unnecessary or at least sidelined by active local government-led advocacy and support. City councillors seem unable to get off their tails and seem to have bought into their own club of ineffectual distant kind. Only Cr Lord attended the South Dunedin meeting in early March, in a listening role which in the circumstances was entirely correct.

      • Jacob

        Diane. The South Dunedin community at present is exactly the reason why they do not need a community board. They have been drawn together because of neglect from their elected councillors. A community board like the Mosgiel Taieri board would have been captured by both self interest and the council, and the local South Dunedin community would have had another layer of bureaucracy to fight against as well as the flood. This community is being driven by need, and those who are concerned have put their hands up. Let’s not stuff this up by putting in a community board.

  16. Gurglars

    Solution 101

    Send the contractor currently laying the bunions in place on cycleways to the beach.

    If they can’t do that job, they might drown!

  17. Elizabeth

    Story about the DCC sand sausage effort for South Dunedin (St Clair / Ocean Beach), with comments from local resident Conrad Stedman and ecologist Paul Pope:

    ### newshub.co.nz Monday 6 Jun 2016 6:18 p.m.
    ‘Sand sausages’ protect Dunedin from coastal erosion
    By Adrien Taylor
    The Dunedin City Council has started a repair job on one of its best weapons to fight coastal erosion — sausages. Sand-bag sausages protect the beach, and the properties near the coast. But they may only be a short-term fix. The sea is notoriously rough on Dunedin’s coast — so much so it can put lives at risk. But properties are potentially in the firing line too, with land eroding at the south-facing St Clair beach.
    Read more + Video

    [added]

    Tue, 7 Jun 2016
    ODT: Protection for beach aim of DCC
    The Dunedin City Council’s $100,000 investigation into the issues affecting Ocean Beach is aimed at providing a 50-year plan for protecting the erosion-plagued beach. The council will vote on approving the funding at a full council meeting on June 27.

  18. Elizabeth

    Sat, 18 Jun 2016
    ODT: Sand sausages coming along well
    Work on sand sausages at St Clair Beach is progressing well, and two of the three sausages are about to be completed, Dunedin City Council parks, recreation and aquatics group manager Richard Saunders says.

  19. Calvin Oaten

    Sounds like the makings of an ‘Old English breakfast’, just add some bacon and eggs.

  20. Hype O'Thermia

    On the budget that’s left after all the city frills were put on t’plastic year after year?
    More like, “Come along to the sand sausage sizzle fund raiser”.

  21. Elizabeth

    Wed, 6 Jul 2016
    ODT: Sand work closes access to Ocean Beach
    Access to Ocean Beach at St Clair has been closed as work to replace sand sausages continues, the Dunedin City Council says. The access ramp from The Esplanade at St Clair to the beach is expected to remain closed for the remainder of July, council asset and commercial manager Tom Dyer says.

  22. Elizabeth

    Mon, 25 Jul 2016
    ODT: Dune experiment results positive
    A University of Otago research project appears to have strengthened at-risk sand dunes below John Wilson Ocean Dr. In April, University of Otago second-year master of science student Tom Simons-Smith had three gaps carved in the dunes below the drive to encourage wind to funnel sand closer to the road and move a greater portion of the dune away from storm surge. Mr Simons-Smith said the trial was half completed and before-and-after drone images of the dunes showed a positive amount of increased sand cover.

    • Elizabeth

      Ignore the university-taught (?) – and or DCC-inspired – utter bullshit about managed retreat for South Dunedin in this item.

      “Some people think the coast is deprived of sand, but it’s not. The notches offer a more helpful utilisation of the sand which is already there so truckloads of sand don’t have to be bought in.” –Tom Simons-Smith

      Mon, 16 Jan 2017
      ODT: Notches help stop erosion
      The success of a University of Otago experiment to stop erosion of Dunedin sand dunes could be nationally significant, the study’s supervisor says. Third-year master of science student Tom Simons-Smith (23) spent the past year measuring the build-up of sand in three notches carved in the dunes below John Wilson Ocean Dr to encourage dune growth.
      Mr Simons-Smith said his project had been more successful than other recent attempts to fight Otago coastal erosion, and he hoped councils across the region would adopt the method. Cont/

  23. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Wed, 27 Jul 2016
    Ocean Beach work set back by a week
    Remedial work to protect the sand dunes from erosion at Ocean Beach has hit a technical setback. The Dunedin City Council has pushed back the timeframe for completion after a sand bag was overfilled. The overstretched bag has since been pulled out and a replacement ordered from Australia. Acting Group Manager Tom Dyer says the issue will set the work back by a week, with challenging ground conditions also a contributing factor. He says overall around 90% of the structure is complete and he anticipates work will finish by August the 5th.
    Ch39 Link

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  24. Elizabeth

    Otago Daily Times Published on Jul 27, 2016
    Sand sausage error causes further delay
    Work to protect an erosion-plagued section of Ocean Beach at St Clair has been delayed yet again after a contractor erred by overfilling a sand sausage.

    More at ODT Online: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/391794/sand-sausage-error-causes-further-delay-video

  25. Simon

    It appears they have butchered a sausage.

  26. Elizabeth

    Sat, 6 Aug 2016
    Sand sausages in place at St Clair Beach
    After a series of delays, work to protect an erosion-plagued section at St Clair Beach has been completed. Dunedin City Council asset and commercial manager Tom Dyer announced yesterday that 200m of sand sausages along the dunes of St Clair Beach were now in place.

    Otago Daily Times Published on Aug 5, 2016
    Dunedin beach sand sausage repairs near completion [St Clair]

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Mmmmmmm, sausages!
      Those fabrics, there are a lot of them produced for various applications, are bloody marvellous. They stand up to a great deal of heavy wear and tear and quite a bit of innocent human error. We must hope they are not vandalized by dedicated destroyers, who have the will to put huge amounts of ingenuity & effort into wrecking.

  27. Elizabeth

    At Facebook:

    DCC has completed repairs to the track to Second Beach.

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017
    ODT: Coastal walkway reopened
    The popular coastal walkway at Second Beach in St Clair has reopened to the public after a three-month project to repair slumping of the track. Cracks first appeared along a 35m section of the track in August, and a geotechnical engineer was engaged to monitor the cracking and slumping identified by Dunedin City Council staff […] It was found the slumping was due to rainwater softening the soil and wave action undermining the hillside. […] The DCC had contracted specialist drilling company Helidrill to sink 16 metal rods, each 4.25m in length, into the bedrock as an anchor for a retaining wall. This was topped with a sturdy wooden fence to protect track users from the drop. Repairs to the track surface were also carried out. Remedial work cost $17,000 and the geotechnical advice $10,000, bringing the project total to $27,000. Cont/

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