DCC exposed

On Friday and Saturday 27-28 March the Have Your Say’ Expo Event 2009 – Sustainability will be held at the Dunedin Town Hall.

As the Dunedin City Council drafts budgets for the next financial year, staff and elected representatives are holding another Expo to explain plans for future projects and how Council delivers current services.

Every Council department will be represented and have displays to explain their operations.

It won’t just be the DCC showing its wares, but all the Council-owned enterprises and city organisations to which the Council makes a substantial contribution, such as the Otago Museum, Tourism Dunedin and the New Zealand Masters’ Games, because they support the Council’s aims and objectives and are partially funded from rates.

Open hours:
Friday 27 Mar 1pm – 6pm
Saturday 28 Mar 10am – 4pm

All welcome. Entry is free and further details will appear in the March issue of ‘City Talk’, and through local media.

Contact Tami Beckingsale on 477 4000.


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8 responses to “DCC exposed

  1. and how many moaning buggers will be there hijacking it with their Stadium groans. I pity the poor buggers – you can see it now, the waste water people face to face with ‘Concerned of St Kilda’ bemoaning the poo in the water.

  2. Elizabeth

    On Friday there were good numbers of school groups going through the Expo, which helps one of the aims of the event, to promote careers within local government.
    Overall, low public turnout today – good weather and Fringe Festival events in the Octagon happening simultaneously.
    I didn’t see or perhaps I didn’t notice any large signs in the Octagon to direct people to the Town Hall’s Moray Place entry for the Expo.
    Online and print info about the Expo had conflicting dates and visitor times (oops) or no times…
    Radio advertising was prominent; ODT and community newspaper mentions/advertising could have been more in your face.
    However, none of this might be the point. Is an Expo, in a Town Hall, the best way to ‘interface’ with the public.
    One thing that stands out – truly evident, the Council staff are friendly and welcoming (we knew that!), exploring any questions put to them with really fine insights, expertise and explanations, and good humour, showing not the least hesitance to putting queries back on the public – keeping us on our toes, and so they should. The banter was lots of fun – this Council has a great crew.
    So often we’re tempted to judge council by the elected representatives: answer, spend more time getting to the heart of matters with diligent and committed staff.
    Yesterday and today, just like other days, staff demonstrated their interest and energy for their work within/as part of this community.
    Many said the Expo was a good way to appreciate the work of other staff in other departments whom they rarely see or have contact with…
    We acknowledge the Council is a large multifaceted thing BUT spot the head honcho management model that’s missing opportunities for ‘crossover’. Staff acknowledge the communication pathways and round tables lacking, they see the practical problems that occur when Council policy makers are separate/separated from the important ground work of certain staffing areas…the sometimes damaging territorial behaviour of management tiers. Facilitation, hmmm.

    Thanks for the Expo, Council departments!

    Next time, Council communications and marketing people and senior managers need to raise the bar for assistance to you all, by inviting ‘collective’ input on the best ways of initiating public ‘interface’ (who are your audiences – for example, this year Animal Control brought along their infinitely patient affable dog that they take into schools to show kids how to approach and handle dogs safely; they also had a big bag of give-away pink poodle party balloons for the families going through – simple fun educational, draw the kids in, have a longer chat with the parents about animal control services, 3,000 call outs a year for wandering stock, what happens at the pound, etc etc); and the selection of appropriate venues (if used).

    Hope the staff have a debrief, there’s lots of worthwhile exchange to have with each other; buckets of ideas and infectious energy to partner and share with the community.

  3. Richard

    Elizabeth, you have overlooked all the other avenues council uses to consult. Many of them attended the Expo breakfast yesterday. Have a talk with Nicola and her team.

  4. Elizabeth

    I went in (hypothetically) as if I knew nothing and this was first contact with DCC. I know, a ridiculous self-brief given I know a lot of staff. But ‘what if?’ I was a member of the public, a resident of Dunedin (certainly not a ‘heritage activist’)…
    Hi Richard – you know I know about various other consulting methods. However, my previous comment was about just some of what the Expo threw up – I’m happy to keep to that for now.
    I didn’t see any elected representatives but they were probably there somewhere, as advertised.

  5. KGB

    You lot decide what you are going to do before the consultation process even begins and you have the audacity to call that democracy.
    You know that you are just wasting the ink in ratepayers pens because whatever they say will always be tossed aside.The Council have made their decisions before consultation and that’s that.
    But you still need to humour the ratepayers a little bit don’t you and read then listen to their submissions cos that’s the way things are done in a democratic society.Or am I wrong?
    By the way the ratepayers would like to know how much the Expo breakfast cost them yesterday?

  6. Richard

    Hi Elizabeth

    Yes, “we” were there. Based at the ‘cafe’ inside the right hand main door to the auditorium. My stint was 10 am – noon on both days although I – and many other of my colleagues – were there from the earlier start on Friday.

    In terms of “wider consultation”, the range of focus groups comprising a wide cross-section of the community are a much unherald “resource” for getting opinion from those who are not actively involved in any issue. They proved very influential, as you know, in regard to the final decision on the Dunedin Centre/Town Hall redvelopment.

  7. Elizabeth

    Fair enough, Richard.
    I visited the Expo for a reasonable while, leaving just before pack-up time at 4pm. Last booth I called in at was Tourism Dunedin’s, where in his new role as Chief Executive Hamish Saxton continues to sparkle with innovation and partnership ideas. We covered the potentials of the visitor strategy (having been to the launch I was fairly au fait with this), the proposed new loyalty scheme that will aid domestic tourism, the air carrier situation for international visitors, product packaging, and much more…

    On the matter of public consultation, I’ll throw up a post on this as I start thinking through the stadium project and the pathways for public consultation used by Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council. Some of it is a bit obscure, but it always pays to re-examine ‘old ground’ for understanding the wider picture of disgruntlement or content felt by citizens.

  8. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Mon, 13 Apr 2009
    ‘No-one came’ to $45,000 DCC expo
    By John Gibb

    There was only one problem with a well-organised Dunedin City Council expo last month – a lack of people.

    Read more

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