Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

Calvin Oaten does it again!

### ODT Online Mon, 19 Jul 2010
Opinion: Debt accounting deception
Calvin Oaten has been sifting through the DCC’s accounts and finds nothing but dismay. “No wonder Dunedin’s rates are so high.” The avalanche of demands on the local public purse is staggering. Combine that with the seemingly inevitable growing weight of council bureaucracy and the internal pressures that brings, and the city has a recipe for both increasing rates and increasing debt.
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See related comments posted yesterday at DCC: Residents’ Opinion Survey

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The future for the whole of Dunedin City will involve the retirement of debt in ways we’ll probably find unpalatable. Some of us will be dead and in the ground by then.

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Dunedin’s future – no sticky buns

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### ODT Online Mon, 19 Jul 2010
Strategies for city’s future progressing
By David Loughrey
The future of Dunedin’s central city is to come under the microscope as the city council sets its sights on the future shape of the area that includes the prime retail zone. Early work on the central-city strategy, approved last week, will be developed alongside the South Dunedin retail centre strategy, with the two initiatives expected to play an important role in shaping the city’s future.
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Today, Dunedin City Council hosted the “Your City Our Future” Forum 2010 at the Dunedin Centre. Representatives from a large number of local communities, businesses and organisations were invited to brainstorm what their ideal Dunedin City would be in 30 years’ time.

It was good to see councillors participating in the group sessions!

Two presenters kicked off proceedings:

Political journalist Colin James considered the geo-political environment and the ‘big issues’ facing Dunedin with his presentation, ‘A very brief 30-year future scan’.

Architect and urban designer Anthony Flannery gave his presentation on ‘Futures Thinking: Considering spatial planning and sustainability’.

See tomorrow’s Otago Daily Times for more.

Mayor Peter Chin brought the forum to a close by talking about the skimpy morning tea and lunch provided for forum participants – he had been guided by an elected representative’s concern [about council spending and or credit card use?]. Unfortunate. The mayor needs a scriptwriter – oh, but he has one. Rodney?

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### ODT Online Wed, 21 Jul 2010
‘Small changes’ can improve Dunedin
By David Loughrey
Cities that made the most of links with their universities were cities that succeeded, a keynote speaker told a forum on the future of Dunedin yesterday. Presenting a well-designed city to the rest of the world was not only essential, but could be a simple process, the managing director of Auckland firm Chow Hill Architects, Anthony Flannery, said. The “Your City, Our Future” forum, at the Dunedin Centre, was the first meeting of a major Dunedin City Council consultation process to help decide the city’s future direction.
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Friday: nominations open for local body elections

### ODT Online Tue, 20 Jul 2010
Local body elections to be initiated from Friday
By David Loughrey
This year’s local body elections will begin in earnest on Friday, when nominations open for candidates for the Dunedin City Council and community boards, the Otago Regional Council and the Southern District Health Board.

An information evening has also been announced for intending candidates for the city and regional councils on August 2 in the Fullwood Room at the Dunedin Centre at 7pm.

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