Media Release – 22 May 2020
The restoration of Te Rauone Beach moves a step closer to reality, with public notification of the resource consent.
For nearly 10 years, Port Otago has been working with the Te Rauone Beach Coast Care Committee to restore and develop the beach. Reaching consenting stage is an important milestone.
In consultation with coastal engineers Beca and the Te Rauone Beach community, Port Otago plans to build three rock groynes in a configuration to sustain the new amenity beach. This will ensure future generations can enjoy the beach, including viewing shipping up close from the vantage point offered by the beach.
Port Otago Chief Executive Kevin Winders says the project has taken time to get right. "It's great to be getting to the start line. It is in our shared interest to preserve the long-term health of the harbour, while balancing the commercial needs of our region. This project ensures Te Ruaone Beach is sustained, so our grandchildren can enjoy fish and chips on the beach with their family, just like the generations before them."
In addition to Port Otago's work, Dunedin City Council will upgrade the Te Rauone Beach Reserve.
Te Rauone Beach Coast Care Committee member Des Smith says that, while it has been a challenging long-term project, he believes the outcome will be a great amenity for the wider Dunedin Community.
"Re-establishing this area as a place for people of all ages to enjoy will be a major achievement. Activities such as observing bird and wildlife, swimming, diving, kayaking, walking, picnicking and cockle gathering will appeal to a wide cross section of the community and the many visitors to the city."
The resource consent application for the rock groynes and sand re-nourishment was lodged with both the Otago Regional Council and Dunedin City Council in December 2019. The public have 20 working days to make submissions, from Saturday (16 May).
For more information, contact:
Kevin Winders – 027 432 1530
Des Smith – 021 736 116