Civil Defence – Coordinator Required!
Current OBC resources are stretched, and we are urgently in need of some assistance / support in the form of a coordinator for Omaha’s Civil Defence, working with Auckland Council / local areas.
Denis O’Callahan has done a great job with this so far, but can’t do it alone. We need to be prepared!
If you can help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Surf Club Toilets / William Fraser Reserve
Auckland Council has advised as follows:
Additional scope was identified as part of the renewal that needs to be done prior to re-paint. This also includes vandalism replacements:
· Replacement of the existing windows with new aluminium powder coated windows.
· Construction a shroud cabinet over the external plumbing penetrations with a flashing rebated into the panels.
· Replacement of the vandalised urinal sensor, urinal privacy screen and door handle mechanisms.
· Sand blasting of the inside face of the walls around the external perimeter and application of a coat of graffiti guard, the graffiti guard should be impregnated with a grey concrete colour.
· Installation of an aluminium cove to all the internal corners where the weld plates are rusting though the paint.
The works are scheduled to start during the late summer season to avoid closure of the toilets during the peak season.
Dogs on Omaha Beach in Breach of the Dog Management Bylaw
Following a number of complaints about dogs being on the Beach between 10am and 6.30pm during Summer, Auckland Council Senior Animal Management Officer has advised as follows:
Omaha beach has never been a problem for us in the past and even though we do patrol there when we can, myself and my team are shocked by the amount of dogs/ dog owners that are flaunting the rules. We have (now) started regular patrols at Omaha beach. My team are quite strict when it comes to breaches of the Dog Management bylaws and will issue a warning if the dog has no history and a $300.00 infringement if it has.
In the past week the Omaha Shorebird monitoring camera at the estuary end of the pest-proof fence has detected 2 instances of people walking dogs in the shorebird sanctuary. These people must have ignored multiple warning signs and this is a critical time with many unfledged chicks on the beach. Even a dog on a leash is a threat to our shorebirds and the survival of their young chicks. Birds will sound an alarm call when they see harm. They will leave the nest if they are incubating eggs, and unfledged chicks will immediately scatter, possibly running into neighbouring territory where they can be attacked by the adult birds. Please take heed of the signs and respect this space ….
Omaha Flooding / Stormwater
Numerous issues have been identified and raised with Auckland Council. Immediate problems are being addressed, and meetings have been held between the OBC and Council in relation to ongoing issues requiring action.
See also the post re the Healthy Waters Update re Omaha – February 2018
Erosion on Northern side of Omaha Causeway
Since the extreme high tides, coupled with the recent storms the sea has undercut sections of the Broadland Drive causeway. Some eroded areas on the northern exposed side now encroach on the walkway/cycleway (gradual erosion had in fact been reported to the Auckland council a couple of years ago). The problem has increased so that there is now an increased risk of injury to cyclists or cars should they stray near the seaward edge, which in a few places is supported by just a thin layer of tar and sand.
The issue has been logged with Auckland Council, with support of the Rodney Local Chair, Beth Houlbrooke.
By way of an update (week commenced 19Feb18) remedial work is now underway.
Erosion on Omaha North Western Bank / Sandcliffs
The recent storms caused considerable damage to the sandcliff areas which were replanted last year.
The strong nor westerly wind combined with a very high tide has eroded a considerable amount of sand causing the toe of the bank to retreat up to two meters in places.
The majority of last year’s plants have gone and there are now vertical sandcliffs where they were.
There has also been erosion damage at the end of the pest control fence and the public access steps.
Auckland Council was contacted and responded quickly, and an onsite meeting held to discuss options for remedial works. Initially, they transferred some sand from the intertidal area to the base of the scarp to restore the dune which had been eroded and to provide a buffer, prior to being able to replant this winter. However a subsequent storm undid all this work.
The priority is to mitigate the risk to houses and prevent further erosion.
Secondly, but related, is the need to remove the Pine trees on the cliffs in the Dryden subdivision. Alistair Dryden has been advised that the Resource Consent to remove the trees is now notified and therefore open to objections. Not only are the Pines are a danger should they fall, it is noted that they do in fact limit the planting of more suitable species of trees and vegetation that would help prevent erosion.
Lastly, the erosion has impacted the end of the pest control fence, so work here is also necessary. It is also believed that if a proposed extension of the pest control fence to the low water mark was installed, this would also help mitigate the erosion along the estuary shore.
Those property owners directly impacted have been kept informed of developments.