Beach access, freedom camping, and hall on agenda

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At its first full meeting for the three-year term, the Saddle Hill Community Board discussed beach access and freedom camping and was told it would be good if the Green Island hall had a committee.

The board also voted to give grants of $500 each to Fairfield School for children to attend Riding for the Disabled sessions and the Christmas in the Domain community event.

Board member John Moyle said the Christmas in the Domain was a valued community event, which “gets bigger and bigger every year”.

The meeting was attended by Dunedin City Council property services group manager David Bainbridge, who told the board the council had been liaising with hall committees around Dunedin.

Through this process, it had emerged the Green Island hall was the city’s only hall without a hall committee, Mr Bainbridge said.

Hall committees were responsible for looking after the interior of community halls, while the council took care of the outside.

It would be good if a committee was found for the hall.

“If no-one wants to volunteer to care for the hall, it suggests that there isn’t any interest in it.”

Board members discussed several topics for community feedback.

These included the possibility of sourcing a type of matting which could allow beach access to people in wheelchairs.

With the freedom camping season ramping up, board chairman Scott Weatherall told fellow board members there was community concern over the increasing number of sites being used by campers.

He was liaising with council staff, with the aim of limiting the number of sites, he said.