Daily Archives: September 26, 2009

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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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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