Serious erosion issues

LETTER

Recent articles in The Herald have highlighted the serious erosion on our local beaches.

Wainui has a long history which is ongoing and addressed by residents and local government with various structures and plantings to protect the foreshore from Tuahine Point to the Hamanatua Stream.

From that point north, the WD Lysnar Reserve (35 hectares) has good vegetation and trees on the country bounding the road and adequate parking zones back from the very steep frontal dunes. Timber stairs give walking access to the sea (no overnight camping).

Makorori Beach is in serious trouble from erosion. Vehicles are being driven along and over the low sand dunes, on to the beach, wrecking plants and allowing the sea to inundate in many places. Dumped rubbish is another problem (no overnight camping, an enforcement issue).

I recently spent time at Ohope Beach.The foreshore is protected (ongoing planting), no vehicles allowed except m/bike to set fish lines and return. Large numbers of coastal wildlife present. Ohope village is 10km from Whakatane and has full water and sewerage services plus green bins (three per home for rubbish collection).

Sandy Bull

Recent articles in The Herald have highlighted the serious erosion on our local beaches.

Wainui has a long history which is ongoing and addressed by residents and local government with various structures and plantings to protect the foreshore from Tuahine Point to the Hamanatua Stream.

From that point north, the WD Lysnar Reserve (35 hectares) has good vegetation and trees on the country bounding the road and adequate parking zones back from the very steep frontal dunes. Timber stairs give walking access to the sea (no overnight camping).

Makorori Beach is in serious trouble from erosion. Vehicles are being driven along and over the low sand dunes, on to the beach, wrecking plants and allowing the sea to inundate in many places. Dumped rubbish is another problem (no overnight camping, an enforcement issue).

I recently spent time at Ohope Beach.The foreshore is protected (ongoing planting), no vehicles allowed except m/bike to set fish lines and return. Large numbers of coastal wildlife present. Ohope village is 10km from Whakatane and has full water and sewerage services plus green bins (three per home for rubbish collection).

Sandy Bull

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