Mayor Dave Cull on compact city and “resilience”

### ODT Online Thu, 9 Dec 2010
Turn challenges into opportunities – Cull
By David Loughrey
The global issues of climate change and peak oil must not only be faced, but Dunedin’s response to them should be turned into opportunities for the betterment of the city, Mayor Dave Cull says. Fresh from receiving a report on peak oil, which followed another earlier this year on climate change, the issues were clearly at the centre of Mr Cull’s thinking as he put together his state-of-the-city address.
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Dunedin City Mayor, Dave Cull, delivers the 2010 mayoral address to the Otago Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club of Dunedin Toroa, 8 December 2010.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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28 responses to “Mayor Dave Cull on compact city and “resilience”

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 11 Dec 2010
    Editorial: Peak planning
    In as much as it does not greatly impinge on the present or demand immediate behavioural change, for many people “peak oil” is an elusive concept that floats about on the periphery of consciousness and intrudes only in the rhetoric of environmentalists, academics and alternative-lifestylers.

    The Dunedin City Council’s Peak Oil Vulnerability Assessment for Dunedin . . . hinges on urban form and transport infrastructure and how these can be enhanced to “provide adaptive capacity and resilience in household travel behaviour while supporting local business and enterprise development”.

    Identifying how the council might play its part in managing [peak oil’s] economic impacts and potential risks, in particular with respect to energy efficiency, is a responsible approach to local government, regardless of intervening technological innovation.
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  2. Jinty is asking the Council for extra money for “Food Resilience”:

    Click to access ma_council_r_food_2013_12_09.pdf

    But there is a problem:
    “The Council are advised to consider whether the recommendations made by the CRF sit within the revised purpose for local government ‘to meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.’”
    I think that there are many existing Council activities which do not sit within this revised purpose, particularly in the “sustainability” area.

    • Thanks Alistair !!!
      [joke?] If we were to to add up how much new spending* Cr Jinty MacTavish is trying to table at DCC we would have a curve that is not dissimilar or perhaps outreaches that of ‘Dave Cull’s council’ prior to the October 2013 local body elections.

      *or reprioritising away from core council business – (ironically) she hasn’t paid for the stadium yet

    • “There is work that needs to be done to see how the current global best practice on supporting resilient food systems can translate to the New Zealand context.” That’ll necessitate several fact-finding junkets for sure.

      But if there’s no demonstrably effectual outcomes from “supporting” (adding to the deficit for) “resilient food systems” why not do the decent thing and add to the city’s wellbeing by disbanding the committee and “gifting” its allocation in the current budget to paying off debt?
      I am experiencing serious mental derangement, having thoughts like that. Please call emergency psych services, I need them NOW.

  3. Thanks Alistair. Just read the CRF report. I have to ask myself is this something out of the “Monty Python Flying Circus”? The only bit I saw that made any sense was that food and energy appeared in the same sentence.
    Jeez! it’s not enough to have them destroy the city with stadiums, conference centres, museums and oriental gardens we now have to put up with them deciding our food requirements. When one wonders what all the people do in that building you wouldn’t in a million years dream up that, would you? Next, they will be asking if we ‘want fries’ with our rates bill.

    • Calvin
      I too have just read through this report as well and wonder what planet these people inhabit. They are indulging in a wet dream. This is yet another make work scheme for the staff at the ratepayer’s expense.

      At least the report warns the council that a new budget line will be needed – so…
      It says
      “If the Council endorses the CRF’s proposals, there will be resource implications – a new budget line for food work would need to be established…”

      More ominously though —

      “…and potentially, other existing work on the Council’s work programme would need to be reprioritised to make space for this new work stream.” This is the question like what is to be removed to make way for this new activity?

      And finally for laughs this rather topical item de jour…

      • Property/Museums/Aquatic Services/DVML – some leases and venues; catering contracts.

      You couldn’t make it up.

  4. Everyone eats food. This is the dream over-arching job-for-life mega-initiative. Start with a fruit tree and some silver beet planted on traffic islands, before you know it they’ve invaded Poland AND the Falkland Islands.

  5. Russell Garbutt

    Here is an idea that I submitted to the DCC a few years ago that was totally ignored, but it is connected with food.

    Get rid of that monstrosity that is Forbury Park and relocate the few trotting races that are held there to a course on the inside of Wingatui Racing Track. Then put a giant green compost station on the land at Forbury Park with the balance of the land in allotments. These allotments would be only available to Dunedin ratepayers and ideally under a certain income. Any surplus food produced at the allotments would be able to be sold at the Farmers’ market held on the same site. The output of the compost station would be avaialble to the allotment holders and any other ratepayers at a cost to cover the running of the station.

    The reaction as I recall it from Syd Brown was violently opposed, but at the time I didn’t know he was up to his eyebrows in trotting and rugby. Silly me.

    But what is wrong with the concept? The land would be suddenly productive and used on a daily basis. Ideally of course at Wingatui would also be an inland port that would handle all trucked logs and take the logs to Port Chalmers by rail when a ship came in.

    There we go – a couple of solutions to problems offered for free.

    • Mike

      I suspect that Forbury is too sandy and salty – Wingatui on the other hand is likely prime farm land

    • Anonymous

      The “inland port” precursor is already in operation at Fonterra Dukes Road plant. The railhead just needs to be extended for general access but there’s a fairly robust container and logging facility there already.

      The areas around Forbury and further down towards Musselburgh used to be Chinese allotments for growing food, in the old days.

  6. Too sensible, no fact-finding jaunts involved. FAIL.

  7. City food chain role on table
    The Dunedin City Council will decide on Monday if it wants to take a more active role in feeding its citizens – everything from paua to pumpkins could be included in its patch.

  8. Go for it “JINTY”! Beats the hell out of discussing boring old things like “DEBT”! and how or if we should be thinking about moderating council’s habit of poking its nose into activities it has no business doing. I just love the way you are breathing fresh air into that staid old fuddy duddy institution. It must give you a real feeling of self satisfaction, knowing that people, thanks to you will be able to cycle freely around town to their little vegetable patches and live a very healthy life (if they don’t get killed on the SH1) all because of “Big Daddy” council. And also there is the satisfaction of providing employment for the people who dream up these projects for you and your fellow councillors to deliberate on.

  9. Could the DCC put pressure on supermarkets to permit dumpster diving? I know several supermarkets are now donating short-dated food to food banks, but there is still a lot of waste including vegetables that could be used by domestic chickens. Other than that I think this is another starry-eyed piece of ideological nonsense that needs a swift boot off the agenda and far far away before we get landed with another unnecessary officeful of DCC mouths to feed.

    • @Hype O’Thermia
      December 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

      You say …“Other than that I think this is another starry-eyed piece of ideological nonsense that needs a swift boot off the agenda and far far away before we get landed with another unnecessary officeful of DCC mouths to feed.”

      Agreed. This absolute nonsense needs an immediate ‘order of the boot’. Good test for the few sensible councillors we have to test their mettle. The councillors of the ‘save the planet’ and ‘social engineering’ ilk need to consider the reasons for Gorbachev’s social and domestic reforms least we repeat the problems that let him to these. His ‘loaf of bread as a football’ analogy is apposite.

  10. Cr Goosey MacTavish, how will her spending of ratepayers’ money go this year, what with cycle networks and food resilience boffen reports. This, food resilience, resembles the patronising stadium councillors’ approach to local governance “this is what YOU need”, ka-ching! “…because we say so”. The fact the Councillor has the Mayor in her pocket is rather sick-making. Don’t dwell on that too long. Yes we need to produce food and more of it, but DCC should stay right out of it except to ensure the District Plan protects the productive land, and there’s core infrastructure in place to support it (water, roads, etc). Isn’t that what councils are for —ensuring private business gets on with the job of feeding people here (locally, nationally) and overseas? Tell the steakholders to go away and, JUST DO IT.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 4 Jan 2014
    Council ponders food role
    By Debbie Porteous
    The cost of having the Dunedin City Council take a greater role in improving the resilience of the city’s food supply is to be investigated. Council staff will report to the council early this year on what resources would be required to have a more co-ordinated internal approach to food-related issues and to engage with stakeholders on ways to deal with the challenges, risks and opportunities in the area of food supply.
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    [Council report: ]

  11. Calvin Oaten

    It looks like ‘Jinty’ was at the sauce bottle too much over the Xmas dinner. Else she made a New Year’s resolution to be more pro-actively interfering in the business of everything Dunedin. Someone should tell her that the core business of council is to simply provide and maintain the infrastructure of the city plus amenities such as ‘parks, reserves, libraries, swimming pools etc, and maintain prudent oversight of expenditure of the citizens’ treasure’. It is not a chair from which to indulge her pet wishes, nor to save the planet. The last thing Dunedin needs now that it is well and truly ‘broke’, due to previous bad decisions, is for the ‘nanny state’ council to unilaterally decide every move the people shall make. Especially by one so dedicated yet so wet behind the ears.

  12. Calvin Oaten

    Elizabeth, It’s what they do. It’s called consultation but it is really just setting up the programme outlining their intentions. In the previous semester it was the Greater Dunedin faction plus the ‘doddery and dopey’ sleepwalkers which saw the city taken down the road to ‘bankruptcy’. This time I would hope for the new folk to grasp the nettle and ‘stop’ the nonsense. So far, there is little evidence of that happening. One would have to hope it is a natural caution of examining the issues and then making the right decisions. There has to be a brake applied to the rampant nonsense of the ‘Transport Strategy’, the ‘Spatial Plan’. and the ‘Economic Development Plan’ if there is not to be further explosions of debt added to what is already there.

    • Calvin. This is make-work crap. If the City Development Team, City Planning, Transportation Planning, Urban Design, and Policy Planning (some dreadful overlaps between these – and I’ve lost track of what sits where) was brought sharply down to “core business”… —but once on a fat salary with miscreant grades that deliver cream to juvenile desk-sitters posing as team managers… Paul Orders didn’t solve the pay gradients. Can CEO Bidrose tackle that immediately? (it will take a legal while to fix…)

  13. Brian Miller

    The Dunedin City Council, both staff and elected councillors, are one bloody big sick joke. Since the amalgamation of the Taieri and other rural areas, it has been the unwritten policy of the DCC to destroy the food production capability of the Taieri, and the jobs of many in favour of building more houses, and exporting the many jobs of the vegetable growing industry to other centres, namely Canterbury. Even to the point of overturning the decision of an Independent commissioner who turned down parts of council’s variation to the district plan (that included Cr Brown’s land) for the expansion of more residential land in Mosgiel — in favour of the rural status, with high productive soils that the area is renowned for.

    The independent commissioner spent weeks of listening to the evidence from various submitters and considering all of that evidence, including the council’s district plan that included retaining the high productive land for future generations. Council on receiving the independent commissioner’s recommendation went into immediate shock like stunned mullets and moved to support the commissioner’s recommendations. In the meantime, certain councillors and staff went into overdrive in a bid to have the commissioner’s recommendation overturned.

    Yes, quicker than you could say JACK ROBINSON they had the decision of the commissioner overturned to include the area that Cr Brown has a rather large interest in. The councillors without hearing or seeing any of the evidence made at the hearing, took no time at all in changing the commissioner’s decision. That raises the point. Why have independent commissioners and hearings? When council will make their own decisions regardless of any decision that comes from any appointed independent commissioner.

    It should be noted that since that time the council appears to have an unwritten policy now for the appointment of independent commissioners, and that is, they are not to be on their own, but must have council influence with them on the hearing, and if they get it wrong as the commissioner on the residential expansion of Mosgiel did, then they won’t get another job with the DCC again.

    After destroying the vegetable growing industry in the area, the DCC now want to improve the resilience of the city food supply.

    • Some at DCC still want people to build either McMansions on the Taieri or cheap hut-like residences on kerchiefs of productive soil (to financially benefit the likes of robber-subdivisive-barons Brown, Dippie, Wallis, et al cousins – and Mosgiel supermarkets). It’s called “economic development”* when the city is STAGNANT. Which, Goosey MacTavish will find is a tough regime to break for implementation of her cabbage patches, intensive caged animal farms, and the odd hazelnut tree. Imagine trying to stop Allan’s Wanaka II.

      Did we mention water rights? And how are all the illegal pipelines these days, on the Taieri?

      *Robbing the poor to give to the rich.

  14. An old post…

    17.12.09 New York rescue
    Xmas is a good time to THINK. Thanks to Treehugger’s big apple alert…
    Every day, New York City residents waste 270,000 pounds of food. Want to know what that looks like? Here’s an unforgettable way to imagine it – fill up a subway train with the equivalent amount of apples, and release it onto the people waiting on the platform.
    Read more + Videos

  15. Calvin Oaten

    Brian, then there was the changing of agricultural land to industrial (which is now for sale empty) which was part of Malcolm Farry’s and Peter Brown’s grand plan to accommodate a business/industrial “cluster” around Fisher & Paykel. Brown claimed he was being inundated with applications, and when I asked him what businesses were coming he replied that they were so close that he could smell them, but if he told me he would have to kill me. Yep! that’s right. Oh? and by the way, where is Fisher & Paykel now? Last I heard they went to Mexico and were taken over by Chinese ‘Haier’. Deputy Mayor Chris Staynes would know all about that. Malcolm Farry (in his capacity of economic development committee chair) donated over $3.5 million in building incentives and rates relief to it in the vain hope all would be as he wished. At the time he even promoted the idea that the city should set up a fund of $4.5 million for the express purpose of promoting businesses. This fund, of course, was to be borrowed. At the time I wrote a long letter to the ODT which to their credit was published. In it I challenged Malcolm publicly to declare how much he had spent in rates relief to all and sundry, and why the city should incur a further $4.5 million in debt to throw around in this reckless manner. His reply was to castigate me as the great negative blight on this city, and tried to smooth talk his way round the issues. The council obviously took some of it on board and voted the fund set proposal down. Malcolm rung me up and blackguarded me for three quarters of an hour about what a mean spirited citizen I was and why didn’t I just go away.
    So it is just not a recent phenomenon.

  16. Brian Miller

    Calvin. I think there was possibly another motive for council to change that rural land to Industrial. That was the need for an increase in the water supply to the area. One of the main issues in establishing this Industrial area was that it enabled a new water line to be brought over from Mt Grand to service the new Industrial area, as the Mosgiel water supply had been over allocated, and of course there could be no further Industrial or residential expansion without water in the area, so the rezoning of the rural land to Industrial land was a good excuse to bring water from Mt Grand. Now strange as it may seem, that water supply was to be brought over the hill and down Hagart Alexander Drive where a residential area that lacked a water supply was to be established by developers including Cr Brown. If you drive around the area today you will see plenty of new houses have been built since the water supply has arrived but very little if any new greenfields development on the Industrial land. You don’t have to be too intelligent to work out why the Industrial land issue was only a front to get that water over the hill.

  17. Calvin Oaten

    Brian, you could well be right. Two birds with one stone, except no stone was required as there were no birds either. Still, it gets the job done and at least one councillor gets satisfaction while the other gets the opprobrium. The city is a tool to be used by the smart ones. And it is still unfolding.

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