Monthly Archives: January 2011

“We all know that growth brings prosperity. Except, apparently, when it doesn’t.”

### citiwire.net For Release Sunday, January 30, 2011
Oops! Fast City Growth May = Lower Incomes
By Mary Newsom / Jan 28 2011
Optimists prefer to look forward, not back. But especially during a month named for the two-headed Roman god Janus — a month when state legislatures are convening only to face mammoth budget shortfalls — maybe we all need a clear-eyed look backward as well as ahead.
A look back at the past decade from an Oregon consulting company, Fodor & Associates, ought to get plenty of people thinking about whether some assumptions of the past need re-examining. The report looked at growth rates and prosperity in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. Its findings may challenge a bedrock assumption for many local and state government leaders, that “growth” in and of itself automatically brings jobs and more wealth.
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-Mary Newsom is an associate editor and opinion writer at the Charlotte Observer.

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Hey, mate . . . #2011RWC

Our thanks and appreciation to Garrick Tremain for contributing this work, previously published in Otago Daily Times on Saturday, 24 January 2011.

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Bathgate was right in 1888 about city apathy

He berrated the city often on the nature of apathy and was very hot on “larrikins and butcher’s boys”

The Conservation of Heritage and Landscape in Dunedin
Posted by: daseditor | January 27, 2011
On the 11th of September 1888 Dunedin lawyer Alexander Bathgate read an address to the Otago Institute entitled “The development and conservation of the amenities of Dunedin and its neighbourhood”. The address was the catalyst for the foundation of the Dunedin and Suburban Reserves Conservation Society, the forerunner of the Dunedin Amenities Society. Bathgate outlined a vision for Dunedin that was so detailed in its construction that he apologised to his audience for “frightening you by the extent and magnitude of my programme”. What Bathgate outlined was both the protection of the existing natural landscape and the enhancement of the urban built environment in the developing city. It was a vision that blended the conservation of native biodiversity and landscape with the call home syndrome of “practical and prosaic colonists”.
From the blog of The Dunedin Amenities Society (read more)

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Good-bye to MALTEXO, Ward Street – Dunedin Harbourside

Dunedin City Council granted consent to demolish the old Maltexo factory buildings in Ward Street last year. The application was made and granted in November 2010.
There is no District Plan protection on the buildings. The buildings are not in a District Plan listed heritage or townscape precinct.
Doug Hall via his company Anzide Properties Ltd is the owner of the historic property. Mr Hall is well within his rights to pull the buildings down.
Demolition has begun.

Image ©2010 David Murray

About Maltexo http://www.maltexo.co.nz/about.htm
Maltexo history http://www.maltexo.co.nz/history.htm

In 2002 Dunedin City Council asked me to survey the wider harbourside for significant heritage items, I asked Michael Findlay along to help.
Maltexo was on the resulting list we provided to DCC’s then General Manager of Strategy and Development, New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Chalmers Property Ltd, Octa Associates and the three urban designers (one a former urban design lecturer of mine) that CPL had brought in on a limited competition basis to produce ideas for the harbourside redevelopment, way before the (troublesome) proposed Dunedin Harbourside plan change got wheels, er prior to them falling off…
So thanks DCC, thanks a bunch. Thanks too for not discussing the application across your departments.

█ Did we learn anything, people.

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*Images: Maltexo (2002) – B/W’s by EJ Kerr scanned from copy documents

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DCC on new trucks and bins *sigh*

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

New Trucks For A New Service

This item was published on 26 Jan 2011.

Seventeen brand new trucks will form the backbone of Dunedin’s new kerbside recycling and refuse collections from 28 February. The range of trucks has been custom designed to suit Dunedin’s collections and conditions, with sizes ranging from 29 to eight cubic metres, Dunedin City Councillor Andrew Noone, chairman of the Infrastructure Services Committee, says.

Three types of trucks will be used in the collections: one for mixed recycling collected in the new yellow-lidded wheelie bins; one for picking up glass for recycling, and one for official DCC black refuse bags.

Principal contractor EnviroWay Ltd, a division of Envirowaste Services Ltd, owns and will operate the trucks, which are mostly “low entry vehicles”. That means drivers can operate them safely from both sides and while collecting, the sole operator will drive from the left-hand side of the cab, either in a standing or sitting position.

Having only one person per truck eliminates the hazards associated with “runners”, such as people injuring themselves leaving a moving vehicle, or being injured due to lack of communication between driver and runner. Smaller trucks for servicing some of Dunedin’s narrow and steep streets will be of a more traditional design, and two staff may be used.

Councillor Andrew Noone notes that the glass recycling truck is a new concept for a New Zealand metropolitan city, as instead of glass being mixed together during collection, the driver will sort it into pockets on the stationary truck as he empties the blue bins.

“So, instead of only being able to sell the glass as an additive for aggregate or for use as sand, it will be able to be sent to Auckland and made back into glass bottles. Another change to the present system is that the new refuse trucks will multi-task, collecting both the DCC black bags, and private green bins owned by Envirowaste Services. That will mean one less truck on each street per week.”

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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Dunedin City Council
Media Release

New Kerbside Bin Deliveries Prompt Calls to DCC

This item was published on 25 Jan 2011.

More than 1200 residents have contacted the Dunedin City Council with queries as new yellow-lidded recycling wheelie bins are distributed across the city.

The DCC’s Customer Service Agency has put on three extra staff to deal with the calls, which were expected as more than 40,000 bins are delivered to houses ready for the city’s new recycling service which starts Monday 28 February.

Agency Manager, William Robertson, says most of the calls have been from residents asking about the arrival of their household’s bin, and he expects those calls to continue until deliveries are completed towards the end of February.

“Contractors are delivering more than 1,000 bins a day, and householders are obviously noticing the appearance of the bright yellow-lidded bins in their areas.

“Reasons for the non-appearance of a household’s bin, despite others in their suburb or even street, are varied” William says.

Delivery trucks could only carry a limited number of bins at a time, which meant some streets and suburbs would not be finished on the same day.

Also, about 4,000 people, who had elected to have an 80 litre bin instead of the standard 240 litre one, will have their bins delivered after the rollout of the larger bins is complete.

DCC staff were unable to tell exactly when bins will be delivered to each house, but William says contractors are taking about three to four days in each area.

When the service starts, the wheelie bins will be collected every second week, and can be used to recycle all plastics, tins and cans, and paper and cardboard which no longer will be required to be bagged or bound. On the opposite week the collection will focus on unbroken glass bottles and jars using the existing blue recycling bins.

Official DCC black refuse bags can be put out every week.

A calendar, which will be delivered with each bin, tells residents which week to put out which recycling bin.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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DScene: Honour heritage

### D Scene 26-1-11
Honour heritage (front cover)
History and architecture advocates such as David Murray are lobbying hard to prevent other notable buildings sharing the fate of the Rattray Street property which started crumbling and collapsing a fortnight ago. See p3. #bookmark

Fears for old buildings (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
A new lobby group fears many significant an historic Dunedin buildings will be lost to the city due to neglect. An increasing number of older buildings in the city – some are of great historical importance – are being identitfied by the newly-formed group, Stop Demolition By Neglect. The group launched [an online petition] last Friday and has already begun naming and shaming some buildings.
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Facebook: Dunedin Heritage Buildings – Stop Demolition By Neglect

Online Petition: Save Dunedin’s historic Dragon Café / Barron’s Building

Beyond the facade
Bells and whistles / Factory originals (pages 8-9)
By Wilma McCorkindale
This week is the second of the four part series, Beyond the Facade, where D Scene takes a peak behind the well-known exteriors of some of Dunedin’s landmark buildings to see what can be found inside. Today D Scene photographer Wilma McCorkindale takes her camera into the Bell Tea Co Ltd Factory at 15 Hope Street.
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Single stream recycling for apartment residents!

Why not in Dunedin . . .

### newstreamz.com January 25th, 2011
San Marcos Local News – formerly Newstreamz
Single stream recycling to begin for multi-family units
STAFF REPORT
Starting on Feb. 1, curbside recycling will be available to all San Marcos residents living in multi-family units. The San Marcos City Council passed the ordinance on December 7, establishing the expansion of the single stream recycling program in response to requests by city apartment residents.

Single-stream recycling means that all recyclables may be mixed in the same container without being separated. Texas Disposal Services (TDS) will provide recycling carts able to hold 96 gallons at each apartment complex.

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