New sand sausages being made

Measures to shore up coastal defences at Dunedin's Ocean Beach are on track to start next month.

Dunedin City Council parks and recreation group manager Richard Saunders said the council had called for tenders for the replacement of storm-damaged sand sausages and the successful contractor would be appointed soon.

Fabric for the new sausages had already been purchased and Port Otago was supplying the sand for construction works.

The sand would be delivered to an adjacent site from the end of next week.

About 200m of sand sausages would be installed to protect the narrowest area of dunes.

"After last year's storms, we committed to doing this work.

"It's taken us a while to get to this point, but we wanted to make sure what we planned to do was the right solution,'' Mr Saunders said.

Once a contractor has been appointed, the council would work on a safety plan with them, which could mean access to the beach could be limited at times.

The aim was still to finish the work by mid-June.

Final costs would not be known until the project had been completed.

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