Pub­lic’s feed­back sought on coastal ero­sion plan

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

A long-term plan to deal with One Tree Point’s shore­line of cliffs, sea­walls, coastal struc­tures and eroded ar­eas is out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Whanga¯ rei District Coun­cil parks and re­cre­ation depart­ment man­ager Sue Hodge said the plan con­sid­ered the op­tions for each area of coast­line.

Hodge said the One Tree Point area was sur­rounded by steep banks and cliffs into the har­bour.

Over the years mul­ti­ple sea­walls, now in vary­ing con­di­tions, had been built along the coast.

There were also ar­eas with no sea­walls or ero­sion pro­tec­tion.

“A lot of the ero­sion pro­tec­tion has hap­pened how and when peo­ple thought it was called for. It has been a bit ad-hoc and dis­jointed, with coun­cil fo­cus­ing on in­di­vid­ual ar­eas that pose the most im­me­di­ate prob­lems.”

She said the coun­cil was de­vel­op­ing a plan that out­lined the most ap­pro­pri­ate de­signs for various sec­tions of the 4.3km coast­line, and would then pri­ori­tise what sec­tions would be worked on each year.

“We have iden­ti­fied four ar­eas to fo­cus on first and we want to check them out with the com­mu­nity to see if they agree with the pri­or­i­ties.”

Those ar­eas are Karoro Rd cliffs, Pyle Rd West tim­ber sea­wall, One Tree Point West and Marama Place.

A pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held at One Tree Point Pri­mary School on De­cem­ber 1 from 9am to noon where peo­ple can give their feed­back di­rectly.

The in­for­ma­tion and feed­back forms are also avail­able on the WDC web­site. Feed­back is due by 4.30pm on De­cem­ber 20.

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