A study has been commissioned to find a long-term solution to
the problem of Hoopers Inlet blocking.
The inlet mouth became blocked earlier in the year and high
water levels had been undermining the integrity of the
surrounding roads and flooded parts of some neighbouring
A meeting attended by representatives of the Otago Regional
Council, Dunedin City Council and inlet community, chaired by
Otago regional councillor and inlet neighbour Sam Neill, was
held last week to discuss the issue.
Cr Neill told a regional council meeting yesterday, it
appeared the inlet was ''nobody's responsibility which is
disappointing'' but ''that's the way it is''.
However, everyone at the meeting agreed the inlet should be
opened, he said.
ORC regional services director Jeff Donaldson said while it
was not the regional council's responsibility, chief
executive Peter Bodeker had given him a mandate to see if a
solution was available.
After the meeting, people had approached him saying trying to
open the inlet was a waste of time, he said.
The council had since discovered a University of Otago
researcher who had worked in the inlet, and had commissioned
a feasibility study into what it would take to open the inlet
''The concern is that if we open it today, it'll close
tomorrow unless we fully understand the dynamics of it.''
The regional council had asked the city council to split the
small cost of the study.
''It should give us a lot of good detail and a lot of
valuable information for the long-term future.''