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Dunedin Heritage Buildings Economic Re-use Steering Group

Dunedin City Council
Media Release 21 Apr 2011

A Brick In Time . . .

Recent events in Dunedin and elsewhere around the country have brought heritage into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The collapses of parapets, discussions about dangerous buildings in the aftermath the earthquakes in Christchurch, have caused many around Dunedin to start thinking about the maintenance and strengthening of heritage buildings.

All this is timely for the Dunedin Heritage Buildings Economic Re-use Steering Group, who are working through ways of encouraging the re-use of heritage buildings in the city.

While the group will report its findings and recommendations back to Council in the next few months, it has also been releasing some initiatives during the course of its investigations.

The latest of these relates directly to the issue of building maintenance. As Steering Group chair, Lee Vandervis notes, ‘Many people aren’t sure what they are looking for when it comes to spotting problems on their buildings. There are often so many things to check, people don’t know where to start’.

Recognising this, the Steering Group has put together a building maintenance checklist to guide heritage building owners in drafting their own maintenance regimes.

Steering Group member, Cr Kate Wilson agrees, while adding ‘It’s important to catch things early. Leaving small problems, like leaks in the roof, can grow and become really big problems further down the track. This checklist is meant to help owners identify these problems and plan to fix them. It may also help identify construction or design faults in a building that might unwittingly be creating problems for the building.”

The checklist also contains helpful hints on economic ways to address some key issues. ‘Often people are surprised at how relatively small changes can save them big amounts of money down the track and help ensure their building has a future,’ says Cr Vandervis. ‘We want to help owners as much as we can now before the damage becomes irreversible’.

The building checklist will be sent to all owners of buildings scheduled in the District Plan. Copies will also be available from the Customer Services Agency and on the DCC website.

More information on the Heritage Buildings Economic Reuse Steering Group can also be found at:
www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/dunedin-heritage/steering-group

Contact Glen Hazelton, DCC Policy Planner (Heritage) on 477 4000.

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Proactive: Council advocacy for Dunedin Schools

A report to the planning and environment committee said while the council was not in a position to comment on the educational needs of the area, it was responsible for promoting the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing of residents.

### ODT Online Tue, 26 Apr 2011
DCC adds to debate on South Dunedin schools
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council has added its voice to the debate over the review of south Dunedin schools, calling for the Ministry of Education to consider keeping any unused school grounds for the community. The council last week voted to ratify a submission on the issue that had been sent to the ministry, which Mayor Dave Cull said would help provide a wider perspective.
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Report – PEC – 19/04/2011 (PDF, 673.7 KB, new window)
Submission to Ministry of Education on Review of South Dunedin Schools

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RWC 2011, this isn’t looking grand

We have an extended state of emergency for the country #eqnz – government borrowings are through ‘the roof’, and (business?) leaders are continuing to squander money we don’t have at local and central government level.
Rugby will save us.

“The important thing is to understand the scale of this thing from New Zealand’s point of view.” -Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully

### ODT Online Tue, 26 Apr 2011
$1.2b spent on Cup, $700m return – survey
(via NZ Herald)
New Zealand will spend more than $1.2 billion in investments backing the Rugby World Cup – against $700 million in direct economic returns. A wide-ranging New Zealand Herald investigation asked tournament organisers, local authorities, government departments, public bodies, transport hubs and key sponsors what they had prepared for the World Cup and how much they would spend.
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