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Efforts are being made to preserve Dunedin’s beaches this summer.
The Dunedin City Council and Department of Conservation hope the implementation of signs and rangers at Dunedin beaches will prevent damage, protect wildlife and stop driving on beaches.
Council assistant parks and recreation planner Stephen Hogg said following input from community boards, signs at beaches across Dunedin will be upgraded to make the rules clear about cars and horses on beaches, boat launching, dogs, wildlife, camping and fires.
The Reserves and Beaches Bylaw 2017 prohibits cars on beaches and reserves, with some exemptions, to prevent damage to beaches and to protect wildlife.
During consultation on the bylaw, 71% of the 433 submissions received said vehicles should be prohibited from beaches, Mr Hogg said.
Community rangers will be patrolling at beaches from November to April, to distribute information to beach users about the bylaw and collect infringement data.
They will also patrol freedom camping areas and Doc sites, speaking to people about the importance of sharing beaches with wildlife.
The ranger roles will be funded by the council and Doc.