Talks on options for Waikouaiti pines

The Dunedin City Council is to go over the options for a pine plantation next to Waikouaiti Beach at a community board meeting today, after locals took umbrage over a plan to fell the trees.

At a meeting last November to discuss a plan to fell the trees, residents expressed concern it would leave them vulnerable to coastal erosion and being battered by wind and sand.

Since then, the council had taken into account these concerns and, at the Waikouaiti Community Board meeting in the Karitane Hall, parks manager Lisa Wheeler will go over options.

The options were to leave the trees alone, proceed with the plan to fell them and replace them with natives - as long as the community's concerns could be mitigated - cut the trees down over a longer period of time, or deal only with the trees posing a risk to water and waste infrastructure.

Ms Wheeler said the council had yet to settle on a favoured option and work would not begin until the community board approved.

After today's meeting, which starts at 5.30pm, the council would bring a formal report back to the community board at its next meeting and also arrange a public meeting to discuss its plans.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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