Otago Chamber of Commerce
17 December 2010
Council Makes Further Move to Protect Industry
The following press release marks a further milestone in the Chamber’s drive to support its members, industry and the retention of employment in the city and the region.
The Chamber supported by Farra Engineering Limited, Kaan’s Catering Supplies, Bradken Dunedin & Crawford Glass recently appealed against the Harbourside Development believing that it would be harmful to industry, jobs and the economy of the region.
This latest move by Council justifies this belief and exonerates the ‘tight five’ from the criticism that the action to stop Harbourside was somehow against the best interests of the city when it was not.
Every member of the Chamber should be grateful for the actions of the Chamber’s co-appellants who used their own time and not inconsiderable personal finances to protect jobs in the city.
Members likewise should take comfort from the Mayor’s acknowledgement that your representative organisation, through its successful and constructive efforts, is now seen as a contributor to the good of the city instead of an objector to council proposals.
This will enable the Chamber in the future to be more successful in its representation of members’ interests with the Council.
The Chamber wishes members to note with appreciation the untiring efforts of Cr Colin Weatherall. Without his patience and perseverance over this long journey this great outcome would not have been achieved.
This success has not been won without hard work over more than two years. It would not have been possible without the support of the wider membership when we asked for the effort with the logo page in the ODT.
With your continuing support this success can easily become the model for the future.
Dunedin City Council
17 December 2010
Council Withdraws Fairley Street Walkway Plans From Harbourside Vision
This item was published on 17 Dec 2010.
The Dunedin City Council has withdrawn its Notices of Requirement relating to the Fairley Street Walkway as part of its plans for a redeveloped harbourside area.
The designation of the walkway was publicly notified in January 2008 alongside Plan Change 7: Dunedin harbourside which re-zoned the area adjoining the Steamer Basin as Harbourside. The Commissioners decision on the designation and plan change was released in February 2009. The Council has been involved in negotiating appeals on the decision.
The decision to withdraw the Fairley Street Walkway designation was made at the Council meeting on 13 December 2010 to assist with negotiations on the appeals to the plan change and designations.
Mayor Dave Cull praised the contribution of Cr Colin Weatherall’s efforts in bringing this to a satisfactory conclusion, along with the Otago Chamber of Commerce for its leadership in protecting jobs in the city and wider region that it felt were threatened by Council’s proposal. “The Chamber’s constructive contribution, and that of the co-appellants, was crucial to this successful outcome,” said Mayor Cull.
Meanwhile, Otago Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, John Christie, said “The Chamber applauds the Council’s decision to withdraw from this course of action. They have listened to the very reasonable arguments put forward by our members. It is to be hoped this represents a shift in our relationship with the new Council. My members and I look forward to further constructive partnership with the Council”.
The Council is still looking at ways to meet the community’s wish to have better access from the city to the harbour. Options include a new pedestrian-friendly connection between the Railway Station foot-bridge and the Steamer Basin using a boulevard alongside Thomas Burns Street. Pedestrian and cycle access across the road and rail barrier at the bottom of Rattray Street is also being considered.
Contact DCC on 477 4000.
Post by Elizabeth Kerr