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NZ - Dunedin City Council wants plan that addresses coastal system 'as a whole'

Popular Dunedin sports fields may be sacrificed in a bid to protect the city's iconic southern coastline from the impacts of climate-related sea level rise and erosion.

The Dunedin City Council was consulting on its draft Whakahekerau-Rakiātea Rautaki Tai/St Clair-St Kilda Coastal Plan that reviewed the way the coast would be managed into the future.

The four options being considered included do nothing, a managed retreat, working to hold the line and keep the coastline in the current location, or undertaking works to push the coast seawards to create more space.

The plan has a special focus on an old landfill site at Kettle Park, Middle Beach which was under risk of being exposed by the sea.

The council's coastal specialist, Tom Simons-Smith, said one of the options could mean popular Dunedin sports fields that were next to the dunes and on top of the landfill were in the firing line.

"Ultimately it depends on how much space you're willing to sacrifice, if you don't want to build something in front of it and deal with it in that way then there's all sorts of staging you could do to remediation. Maybe you want to remove bits of it at a time or all of it an once."

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