Daily Archives: March 13, 2009

StS off this particular hook

### ODT Fri, 13 Mar 2009
No costs to be awarded for the Stop the Stadium appeals

By David Loughrey

A planned Environment Court hearing on Dunedin’s stadium was cancelled yesterday, meaning all appeals against district plan and roading changes to allow the project to go ahead have been dropped, and no costs will be pursued. Port Otago’s property division, Chalmers Properties has dropped its appeal. An Environment Court spokesman said the hearing had been cancelled, and files relating to the case had been closed. Full ODT link

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Update: Debt levels at your place

### ODT Online Fri, 13 Mar 2009
DCC opens up over debt levels
By Chris Morris
A special break-out magazine summarising the council’s draft long-term council community plan (LTCCP) and a separate “state of the city” report will both be delivered along with this month’s regular City Talk magazine. Read more

Oh. The mythical “mountain of debt” facing the city explained. How much will this cost ratepayers to receive free in the mail. On a more useful note, in the column Dunedin City Council provides the following dates:

The documents’ release precede the beginning of formal consultation on the council’s latest draft LTCCP on March 14.

Members of the public have until April 15 to prepare a written submission, followed by hearings on May 4 to 12 and recommendations to the full council on June 2.

The finalised plan would then be adopted on June 22.

A two-day expo aimed at explaining aspects of the plan to ratepayers – including the council’s emphasis on sustainability in its planning – would replace public meetings during the consultation period, and would be held at the town hall on March 27 and 28.

What if? says: Read the Council’s material, participate strongly in the LTCCP consultation process or forever hold your peace. Pity about the public meetings though…

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Have a look at the Draft Community Plan 2009/10 – 2018/19 Summary delivered with City Talk.

Inside, you’ll find ‘Stadium’ discussion in the section ‘Wealthy Community’ (pages 6-7). Where else on earth would Council dare put it. Incredible.

The list given of “risks associated with the project” leaves off ‘citizen unrest’ as an essential idea that works against profitability. Who knew.

More detail for the stadium proposal is given in the Draft Community Plan 2009/10 – 2018/19 Volume 2, Section 1. Available in mid-March at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/policies

View the current LTCCP here.

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2011 RWC for Southern parts

### ODT on Fri, 13 Mar 2009
World Cup games boost for South

By Steve Hepburn

The South will host five cup games in 2011, with three of the games to be played in Dunedin and two in Invercargill.

Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said having five pool games south of the Waitaki was a “wonderful opportunity” for the region to promote all it had to offer.

Read More Online Here…

Full ODT link

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In the same column Mr Snedden says “the tournament is not all just about the playing of rugby”. No, this is the “deadline” tournament by which Dunedin pushes the boat out too far with public funding and ‘official debt’, for the Otago stadium project. A more striking marker of the incorrigible would be hard to imagine.

Mayor Chin rounds out with “Now that we know the matches we are going to get . . . it is all looking very positive now.” For whom? Please see beyond the end of your own nose, Sir.

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The matches are confirmed
‘gplusa’ to ODT Online Fri, 13/03/2009 – 8:03am:
“Well, isn’t that just brilliant news ? And we get them [the pool games] without having to have built a new stadium. Straight from the Rugby Union mouth. Thanks, Martin Snedden, you just got Dunedin out of a mountain of trouble.” Full comment

Wry, frightening thought:
$66 million
‘caz’ to ODT Online Fri, 13/03/2009 – 3:48pm:
“It will only cost the ratepayers $66 million per game”
Link

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### Yahoo!Xtra Sport – Neil Reid March 13, 2009, 10:03 am
Roofed stadium still in World Cup mix
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