Daily Archives: April 7, 2010

Dunedin Venues Management Ltd: THE PHOTO

Tweet today, this is they…

@ForBarrStadium Meet the DVML Team!! http://bit.ly/d8sAYw

DVML TeamDarren, Paula, Marie, Guy Hedderwick, Guy, David, Gary, Jo, Mai and Craig.

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Complete Aside:

Oh lookie, this belated report turned up at DCC Finance and Strategy Committee webpage. Thanks for the alert, Anomaly.

Report – FSC – 15/03/2010 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Stadium Stakeholders Group Report

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DCC Media Release – South Dunedin

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
DCC Strategy To Breath New Life Into South Dunedin Retail Area

Last reviewed: 07 Apr 2010 12:04pm

The Dunedin City Council is about to consult with the public on the future of the South Dunedin Retail Centre. The consultation will be the first step in the development of a strategy to revitalise the area.

The DCC has released an Issues and Opportunities consultation document, and is inviting feed-back from the community on the range and relative importance of the issues and options identified to date, as well as support for, and prioritisation of, options identified.

Chairman of the DCC’s Planning & Environment committee, Cr Michael Guest, is excited by the opportunities the strategy will offer to the South Dunedin community and the wider city. “I have vivid childhood memories of the special character of South Dunedin with its variety of shops and verandahs. This strategy, arrived at jointly by the Council and the community, is an initiative which is well over-due and which we sincerely hope will bring a new vitality to the area and go some way towards restoring that well-remembered South Dunedin ambience.”

The move has also received strong support from the local South Dunedin Business Association. President Jane Orbell says “We’re really pleased that most of the issues we raised through last year’s Community Plan process have been identified as ‘opportunities’ in the document. South Dunedin is changing – it’s becoming busier, and the time is certainly ripe for us to turn these visions into reality with the support of the Council and the wider Dunedin community. We are excited to be working with the DCC teams towards a long-hoped for positive future for the South Dunedin retail area as part of a stronger community for the benefit of all Dunedin residents.”

Steve Miles, DCC Principal Urban Designer, City Planning, says the Council feels the community has a leading role to play in any revitalisation, especially in those areas where the Council has limited influence.

The final strategy will propose a programme of physical improvement and community-focused projects to be delivered by the Council, in partnership with the South Dunedin community.

The Issues and Opportunities consultation document lays out perceived strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities on topics such as retail development, amenity and community development. It looks at under-used shops in the retail space and questions whether there are opportunities to develop businesses catering to the increasingly elderly population nearby.

The report notes the lack of open public spaces and wonders whether, if people were encouraged to spend more time in the area for meeting friends or other social activities, they would spend more money while there. Emphasising the quality of historic buildings in the area to enhance townscape and amenity values, and capitalising on the uniqueness of the nearby Gasworks Museum are among other suggestions.

Copies of the document will be circulated to community stakeholders and organisations and to owners and occupiers of buildings in the South Dunedin retail area. Copies of the document will be available from various South Dunedin outlets and on the http://www.dunedin.govt.nz website.

Submissions on the proposals will close on 28 May 2010.
Contact DCC on 477 4000.

DCC Link

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DScene alerts commercial building owners to responsibilities

### DScene 7-4-10

Fire drill(front page)
The Fire Service is putting a dampener on Dunedin developers converting old commercial buildings to accommodation, saying they need to pass muster before people can live in them. One inner city dwelling has already been shut down. See p3.

Fire service begins blitz (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
The New Zealand Fire Service is embarking on a blitz of Dunedin buildings, fearing hiking numbers of aging industrial and office blocks being illegally let as flats. The city’s deputy fire chief Trevor Tilyard said the fire service had already advised Dunedin City Council building control to shut down illegal flats in Skinners Building on the corner of Jetty and Crawford streets.
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New outlook (page 4)
Ravensbourne’s Harbour View Hotel has a new owner who is banking on the Forsyth Barr Stadium to give his investment a new lease of life. Publican Alastair McGaw who took possession in February has already given the pub, built around 1920, a new name, Stadium Lodge and Backpackers.
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Filming unit set to expand (page 5)
Dunedin based production house NHNZ has plans to expand its global presence and set up a production office in the Middle East. NHNZ already has offices in Washington DC, Singapore and Beijing and is increasingly active in Australia and South Africa.
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Resource consent given (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Heritage building owner Lawrie Forbes has achieved a resource consent under existing user rights for his urban renewal of the former Rogan McIndoe buildings.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 7)
Your say: Letters to the editor
Parking ticket debate by Kevin Thompson, Development Services Manager, Dunedin City Council

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