Monthly Archives: September 2009

Parking changes – protest and interim response

Today (Monday), Dunedin City Council agreed a set of resolutions to bring about relatively immediate changes to central city parking for assistance to retailers and local business in the run up to Christmas, in particular. The council working party has been constituted to examine the wider issues which lie with the parking strategy. Heaven knows what we will end up with if the council thinks buses (as we know them…) are a substitute for the convenience of independent car travel. Let’s leave that one for another day.

### ODT Online Mon, 28 Sep 2009
Parking protests by bagful
By David Loughrey

The clamour for immediate parking changes in Dunedin has gathered impetus, as further protest appeared yesterday on city streets.
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Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s ODT carry more on parking, with D Scene featuring those responsible for the ‘bag protest’ last Sunday.

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Watering the thought of sustainability

When is a super dam a good idea, tell us the ways…

1. Are we really talking climate change, like we know what it means?

2. Are we talking revolutionary change in agricultural production necessitated by climate change?

3. Why are we talking loss of native snow tussock country?

4. Why should we seek the imperative to modify the natural landscape in ways that might support the adoption of further non organic, intensive farming practices?

So many questions. So many ecological habitats and microsystems destroyed. How much water do we actually need for the future? They say water is the new gold. It might be, but what is ‘future planning’ and who should be doing it?

So many questions for those who would promote a super dam to the detriment of all else, if they don’t have the whole picture.

So many questions for those who see a business in selling water.

That’s ok you lot…we don’t have the whole picture yet, either. We’ll start to bring that picture to you, Mr Mackie, Cr Wilson and Cr Noone.

DCC first stuck this little glory piece into Thursday’s The Star, community newspaper – like we wouldn’t notice. Or perhaps we were supposed to notice more…

Here come the debates and ructions about what we should be doing to maintain water supply, the compulsion to irrigate, leach and wreck more of New Zealand’s hill country (for yachting, jetboating and float planes???) by not occupying a small ecological footprint.

The Lammerlaws are somewhere behind us where we can’t see them, let’s exploit the gap between metropolitan and academic sensitivities and those ‘in charge’ of the great outdoors. Hey. Just FLOOD IT, folks. What was that about the RMA amendments.

How much water do we need to flush environmental, financial and cultural sustainability down the drain.

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### ODT Online Fri, 25 Sep 2009
‘Super dam’ gains support
By Bruce Munro

New Zealand’s biggest dam could be built in the Lammerlaw Range, northwest of Dunedin. Dunedin City Council water and waste services manager John Mackie will be “strongly recommending” the city build a “super dam” when the draft 50-year Three Waters Strategy is released for public consultation in November.
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Stadium area buildings – Unipol

### ODT Online Sat, 26 Sep 2009
Unipol stake under review
By Allison Rudd

The Otago Polytechnic Students Association (OPSA) may reduce its shareholding in the Unipol gymnasium, a move which would also reduce the amount it is expected to pay towards building a new student facility on the Forsyth Barr stadium site.
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Parking changes – we hope!

### ODT Online Sat, 26 Sep 2009
Parking U-turns proposed
By David Loughrey

Intense pressure to resolve the city’s parking issues seems set come to a head on Monday, as some Dunedin city councillors plan to push for urgent changes to the new regime. If accepted, some changes would amount to a U-turn.
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The recommendations:

1. Parking in George St be changed to a maximum of 30 minutes.

2. Parking on side streets in “the core” between George, Great King and Filleul Sts be returned to the original time limits.

3. Two P10 spaces be allocated on each side of the blocks in George St, and on the immediate side streets as above.

4. The three P5s outside Southern Community Laboratories and the Urgent Pharmacy in Hanover Street be returned to three P10s.

5. Goods service vehicle only loading zones be reinstated as close as practicable to the original sites.

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### ODT Online Sat, 26 Sep 2009
Time to stop blaming and fix parking, AA says
By David Loughrey

The recent changes to parking in Dunedin were done with good intent, but the unpredictable changes to drivers’ behaviour meant it was time to drop the name-calling and fix the problem, Automobile Association Otago District Council vice-chairman Jack Crawford said yesterday.
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When DCC General Manager Tony Avery works in understatement… the parking regime had resulted in commuters parking further away from the central city, and that some areas with pay-and-display machines were “not getting a lot of use”.

### ODT Online Sat, 26 Sep 2009
Pressures on parking spark confrontation
By Chris Morris

A motorist involved in an angry confrontation with another motorist says the Dunedin City Council’s new parking regime is partly to blame.
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Stadium – home games + RWC progress

### ODT Online Sat, 26 Sep 2009
Home game requirement in stadium hire agreement
By David Loughrey
Highlanders’ “home” games outside the Otago-Southland region should be a thing of the past as the Otago Rugby Football Union is expected to ensure they are played at the Forsyth Barr Stadium once it is built.
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### ODT Online Sat, 26 Sep 2009
Rugby World Cup progress meeting
As the Southern region prepares for the Rugby World Cup, a meeting next week will allow stakeholders to check on progress. Spokesman Stuart Heal said tournament organisers had been impressed by the collaborative approach the Otago and Southland regions took to bidding for matches and team hosting.
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Labour Weekend – Otago Central Vulcan & Steam Celebrations

Middlemarch 23 – 26 October 2009

All Aboard

Otago Central Vulcan & Steam Celebrations poster

On 7 June 1879 Vincent Pyke turned the first sod at Wingatui to commence the building of the Otago Central Railway to Cromwell. Be part of the re-enactment of this historic event.

Celebrate 130 years of history as you step aboard and make the journey inland in a classic Vulcan Railcar or Steam Locomotive Ab663. Taieri Gorge Railway is also operating services on these pieces of history between Middlemarch, Sutton and Pukerangi utilising the Vulcan railcar, Ab663, and Vintage Diesel Locomotive Dg772.

Photographers and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to purchase day/evening passes to access exclusive locations for that perfect shot.

From floral and art exhibitions, to the might of the locals towing a train, see the toil of soil with the qualifying rounds of the Mobil Silver Plough competition, and celebrate the official opening of the restored Water Tank.

For events information and bookings go to www.dunedintrainfestival.co.nz
or phone 03 4774449.

Supported by Dunedin City Council.

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Survey ignores those no longer parking in CBD

GET REAL DCC

### ODT Online Thu, 24 Sep 2009
Parking survey ‘shows people happy with changes’
By Chris Morris

Council senior transportation planner Lisa Owens said most motorists spoken to appeared to be happy with the July changes, which included the introduction of $1 to $4-an-hour parking, four-hour maximum stays and 153 new pay-and-display machines.
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Embarrassing!

DCC has to explain the number of empty on-street car parks generated, the drop in use of carpark buildings, and the overall reduction in vibrancy apparent in the CBD since the parking changes. Why isn’t DCC strategising to maintain a busy urban centre in tough recessionary times.

Embarrassing!

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