Coastal plan talks round 2 set to start

The next round of community engagement on the St Clair-St Kilda coastal plan is about to begin.

From early October to the end of November, people will be able to provide feedback at a series of workshops, and online.

The Dunedin City Council is also partnering with local artists to host two printmaking sessions where people can express their vision for the coast.

Council coastal specialist Tom Simons-Smith said the second round of conversations would involve working with the values for the coast from the first round of engagement.

"We will be introducing a new survey tool where values for the coast will be paired against one another and people can choose their preferences. At the end of the survey, it will suggest management approaches based on the individuals’ responses.

"Separate surveys will be available for three sections of the coast (St Clair, Middle Beach, St Kilda), so people can provide feedback on the area or areas they care about most."

The feedback will help the coastal plan team and experts develop a set of management options for achieving the community’s vision for the coast.

Early next year, the community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed management options through consultation on a draft plan.

The main themes that emerged in the first round of feedback were safety and accessibility, recreation spaces where people can walk, swim or surf and the environment.

People also wanted connectivity — a linked-up coast that people could travel along.

Details about upcoming workshops can be found on the council website.


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