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After long deliberations the Dunedin City Council has decided on a 7% annual rates increase.
Attracting some debate, the council has also accepted the Long Term Council Community Plan 2009/10 to 2018/19.
ODT will have full coverage tomorrow.
ODT Online Tue, 23 Jun 2009
DCC lifts rates by 7%
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s rates were finally set yesterday, with a 7% rise. Mayor Peter Chin told a short meeting for that purpose it was the end of a long process of “decisions, debate, deliberation and recommendation”.
The meeting also voted to proceed with a plan for changes to representation in the city, beginning a process to possibly put in place a new 11-councillor super ward, but not before another debate on the issue.
But first he runs down Carisbrook…
He closes by calling those opposing the stadium “vitriolic”.
Mr Skegg, were you bought off too – what a socially irresponsible message to graduates and citizens alike.
### University of Otago Magazine, Issue 23: June 2009 (page 5)
By David Skegg
For nearly three years, Dunedin has been torn apart by controversy about whether to replace Carisbrook with a multi-purpose covered stadium next to the University campus on Anzac Avenue. While some people with long memories feel an atavistic sense of loyalty for Carisbrook, anyone who has used the place recently knows that it has become embarrassingly outdated. Even to retain the present low level of use would have required an upgrade costing ratepayers tens of millions of dollars. The proposed new stadium offers many exciting opportunities, but the Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council first had to decide whether such a community facility was affordable.
That decision has now been taken, and excavations have started to prepare for construction of a stadium that should be ready before the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The stadium will have many uses beyond rugby, or even other sporting events. Consider, for example, the opportunity for large concerts in a fully enclosed venue that will take New Zealand’s fickle weather out of the equation–with over 20,000 young people living nearby. This new campus stadium will be unique in New Zealand and, after Melbourne’s Telstra stadium, the second largest in the southern hemisphere.
The University will be a key partner in this development, constructing its own buildings as part of the stadium complex. The buildings will open on to an urban space to be known as the University Plaza. Our buildings will provide the campus centre for student fitness, health and recreation, as well as educational and research facilities. This plan replaces an earlier proposal for a large multi-purpose building to be squeezed into the existing campus, to provide accommodation urgently needed under our Critical Space Plan.
The new buildings and the public plaza should form a busy and attractive campus hub. The decision to build the stadium, however, carries a greater significance than any enhancements to our Dunedin campus. Successful research universities are virtually always based in, or near to, vibrant cities with strong economic activity. In the face of determined and vitriolic opposition, our political leaders have confirmed their ambition for the future of Dunedin as a vibrant university city.