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Council 3 Waters group manager Tom Dyer, speaking at a Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meeting last week, said the council would not repair a section of collapsing walkway on the Huriawa Peninsula in Karitane.
The peninsula is the site of the pa of Te Wera.
Board chairman Alasdair Morrison said the walkway was popular and used regularly by locals and tourists.
He said as the council owned the sewerage pipe under the section of collapsing walkway then the council should be responsible for fixing it.
Mr Dyer said the walkway was not listed on the council’s asset register therefore it did not have a responsibility to maintain it.
The walkway had been established by the community, Mr Dyer said.
Mr Morrison said the walkway should be on the council register.
However, the council arranged "a few truckloads" of gravel and the board arranged for periodic detention workers to do the required labour.
The walkway now needed "professional" repair work and it needed to start soon, Mr Morrison said.
The council needed to decide which of its departments was responsible for the project and take action.
Mr Dyer said the responsibility for the work was not being passed between council departments.
"This work will not be done. The track will not be reinstated by council."
Mr Morrison asked if he had heard the final sentence correctly and repeated it to Mr Dyer.
"Correct," Mr Dyer said.
Mr Dyer said communities across Dunedin often created tracks and then expected the council to maintain them.
"The council’s budget to maintain tracks doesn’t grow every year but the number of tracks does."
Board deputy chairwoman Geraldine Tait said the walkway was located on a historic pa site so it should be on the asset register.
"It’s been in use for hundreds of years."
Mr Morrison asked Mr Dyer to provide the board a quote for the cost to repair the walkway, to reveal the extent of the work required.
"Fair enough," Mr Dyer said.