South Dunedin is a vibrant and diverse community that over 10,000 people call home. Historically, South Dunedin was an important manufacturing and service area for Dunedin and has now evolved into a destination retail area. It is central, flat and conveniently located, and home to many businesses, schools and critical infrastructure the wider city relies on.
As well as the positives, this part of the city also faces some challenges. South Dunedin was built on land reclaimed from a coastal wetland. The low level of South Dunedin, along with high groundwater and the effects of climate change make the area more prone to flooding. It also has a high proportion of housing that is poor quality, mainly due to age.
The Dunedin City Council has conceived the ‘South Dunedin Future’ programme to effectively respond to the climate-driven challenges facing South Dunedin, whilst potentially resolving other issues such as poor-quality housing at the same time.
We want to work with the community, central government and others to understand what is happening, build resilience, identify opportunities and options, and decide how to best adapt to further changes in South Dunedin’s environment.