The community will be able to share their ideas on the St
Clair sea wall with Dunedin City Council consultants in the
next $130,000 stage of the project, infrastructure and
networks general manager Tony Avery says.
Mr Avery said a meeting, to be held on August 28 at 6.30pm at
Forbury Park Raceway Hall, would involve the public,
councillors and council engineers and consultants.
Opus International Consultants Ltd, supported by DHI New
Zealand, would assist the council with the next stages of the
St Clair sea wall project.
The consultants' brief was to assess the present situation
and provide recommendations for a process to protect the sea
wall, and the beach amenity in the area, in the long term, Mr
The consultants would review the reports on the St Clair
environment and hold a workshop with previous consultants to
gather all information about the environment.
Consultants would also structurally evaluate the sea wall,
the promenade and the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club ramp,
provide a report on how issues had evolved and highlight any
gaps in the council's understanding of the tidal processes.
The report would also identify what information still needed
to be collected and provide alternatives to address the
stability of the sea wall in the longer term, while
protecting the beach amenity.
The consultants were expected to report to the council in
October, Mr Avery said.
The cost for the consultation ''scoping stage'' was estimated
at $130,000, with further stages to be defined once the
scoping was complete, he said.
Sinkholes appeared in the Esplanade paving in May,
stabilisation of the sea wall was completed in July and
access from the Esplanade to the beach was restored last
month, he said. The remedial repairs had cost the council
about $500,000, he said.
''This reflects the significant amount of work carried out by
contractors at the site, often late at night, and the use of
specialist machinery and advice,'' Mr Avery said.