No plans to replace beach sand

The Dunedin City Council has no immediate plans to replace sand lost from dunes at city beaches.

Instead, it will monitor the situation, continue to seek advice, and again consider long-term options for the area.

Storms last month cut deep into dunes, after similar events in 2007 and 2010.

Parks recreation and aquatics group manager Richard Saunders said there were options for the beaches that had been raised in the past, including discussion of a wall buried behind the dunes to protect them.

''What we need to do is put all those back on the table,'' he said, and consider their cost-effectiveness, how long they may last, and ''then we can make a decent decision on it''.

''We will seek some advice from the council about what option they think is preferable in that area.''

Dumping sand on the dunes, or replacing the sand that had been removed, was not likely to make ''a huge difference'' in a large storm event.

''We're looking at what that medium- to long-term solution is.''

In the meantime, the council would keep monitoring the situation, and take recommendations from consultants as far as where sand was replaced, and how that would be done.

Mr Saunders said consultants would provide advice, and the council would be asked to make decisions on that advice.

''With coastal erosion it's a reasonably specialised field, so we just want to make sure the right people have a look at it, and make some recommendations for us.

''In the interim, we're having a look at cleaning some of the debris off the beach, we're having a look at our sand stockpiles to make sure we have enough there if we do need that.''

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