Sessions on natural hazards

South Dunedin residents will be able to learn more about natural hazards facing the area through drop-in sessions to be held at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum early next month.

The Otago Regional Council is organising the September 1 and 2 sessions, in collaboration with the Dunedin City Council.

The drop-in session on the first day will run from 1.30pm to 7pm, and on the second day from 10am to 2.30pm.

Last month the ORC released a report titled ``Natural Hazards of South Dunedin''.

This report consolidated information and analysis gathered over the past seven years on the natural hazards facing the area, particularly the ``increased likelihood of surface flooding associated with rising sea level''.

ORC stakeholder engagement director Caroline Rowe said the sessions were part of a wider ``South Dunedin community engagement plan''.

Residents would be able to drop in to make their own individual inquiries, and there would also be presentations, perhaps with accompanying video, at each session, she said in an interview.

In a report to be tabled at the ORC's technical committee tomorrow, Ms Rowe said South Dunedin was ``an integral part of the wider Dunedin community'' and many people and groups had an interest in how its risks would be managed.

The report said the ORC also planned several other communication activities over the hazards plan, this month and next.

These included agency briefings, with the DCC, involving: support service agencies, disabled persons assembly, South Dunedin business community, Chamber of Commerce,schools and boards of trustees.


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