Monthly Archives: January 2011

Major developments at Perth, WA

### au.news.yahoo.com January 20, 2011, 6:10 am
Splendid metropolis ahead for Perth
By Beatrice Thomas – The West Australian
Perth in 2020 should be an incredibly different place. The recent boom has given rise to projects that are beginning or under way with expectations that continued resources wealth will fuel the next round. Despite years in the wilderness, Perth is showing signs of becoming an international city, from designer fashion labels to up-market retail centres such as Enex100 and Wesley Quarter, to small bars, laneways and more restaurants. On a bigger scale, State Government projects such as the waterfront, Riverside and Perth City Link will reshape the city and transform the way people use public amenities and open spaces in central Perth. The three projects alone will generate 507,000sqm of commercial space and 6600 dwellings in the central business district, boosting the city’s population, safety and vitality.
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SAVE Dragon Café / Barron Building – Sign the Online Petition

175 Rattray Street, Dunedin, New Zealand

Please support the retention and restoration of Dunedin’s iconic Dragon Café / Barron Building by signing the online petition at this link:

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/42203.html

A paper petition is currently being prepared for circulation.

From an earlier post, following a recent site visit to “the first and second floor interiors of the Barron and Co building . . . The [architect] Owen Macfie interiors are still in existence and although in some places in poor condition are for the most part unaltered and therefore pretty special”.

Photo: Paul Le Comte (January 2011)

Photo: JW Allen, Barron Building c. 1880
Hocken Collections [c/n F405/16]

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Latest Update 22.1.11 Dunedin Heritage Fund

Photo: Elizabeth Kerr (January 2011)

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Our water assets

### ODT Online Sat, 22 Jan 2011
Public to have say about future of city’s water
By Stu Oldham
A binding public referendum has been proposed as a safety mechanism to allay public concerns over feared privatisation of Dunedin’s water. The suggestion came during the Dunedin City Council’s 2011-12 pre-draft annual plan deliberations yesterday, as councillors debated a proposed council-controlled organisation (CCO) to manage the city’s $1.6 billion in water assets.

Some councillors remained opposed, with a block of four – Crs Fliss Butcher, Jinty MacTavish, Teresa Stevenson and Kate Wilson – trying unsuccessfully to block the CCO proposal from proceeding.

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No Fanzone at Octagon

### ODT Online Sat, 22 Jan 2011
Octagon fan zone dropped
By Stu Oldham
Dunedin’s world cup fan zone might be shifted to the Forsyth Barr Stadium after the Dunedin City Council decided yesterday not to have it in the Octagon. Councillors yesterday dropped the $300,000 plan for a sanctioned central-city fan zone in favour of what they hope will be a cheaper option at the new stadium.
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DCC opens controversy on Town Hall upgrade, again!

### ODT Online Fri, 21 Jan 2011
Town hall upgrade redesign
By Chris Morris
Parts of the $45.8 million Dunedin Town Hall upgrade have again been sent back to the drawing board, with a redesign under way that could cut costs and kill plans for a cube-shaped glass entrance.
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The dodgy decisions, the lack of respect, the breaking of promises

The Star newspaper runs a ‘disturbed’ story on page one (20 Jan 2011), a not very surprising one given the DCC general manager concerned.

The Dunedin i-Site, formerly housed in the Municipal Chambers, temporarily relocated to the Community Gallery in Princes Street, is likely to stay in the Princes Street gallery space.

We remember how despicably artists and gallery users were treated by the Dunedin City Council when asked to move out of the gallery, only to be shoved into an inadequate lacklustre space of no good address in Lower Moray Place.

The Community Gallery was to be back in its former location by Easter this year.

Not so.

The general manager of Customer Services Grant Strang deserves a paint bomb, or three. It seems the siting of the Community Gallery is a bit of an afterthought. We’re not saying the Princes Street space was ideal for exhibition, indeed its proportions, scale, hanging system (out of the ark) and lighting were problematic. We’re saying the community of gallery users deserves better treatment and respect.

The mission: Strang better not rest until he finds a superior, prominently-located, professionally fitted out exhibition space for all potential users of the Community Gallery. ASAP.

A place gallery users can be proud of, a comfortable welcoming space that celebrates the people, their efforts, artistic expression and production – somewhere the Dunedin community as a whole can provide the best possible support to their activities and endeavours.

Any bright ideas, Mr Strang?

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Dunedin Heritage Fund

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Cr Lee Vandervis, chairman of the heritage fund allocation committee, defended the fund as an increasingly successful incentive to property owners keen to restore city heritage.

### ODT Online Sat, 22 Jan 2011
Councillors support heritage fund allocation
By Stu Oldham
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (HPT) has been challenged to help the Dunedin City Council beef up a council-administered heritage fund. The council yesterday voted to restore to $80,000 the money it allocates to its Heritage Fund. The pre-draft annual plan had halved it to $40,000.
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### ODT Online Thu, 20 Jan 2011
Dunedin Heritage Fund may have monies halved
By Stu Oldham
As the Dunedin Heritage Fund seeks to strengthen its position to proactively protect old buildings, the funding it receives from the Dunedin City Council could be halved.
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