Dunedin City Council
Your City Our Future – The Community Identifies Priorities For Dunedin’s Future
This item was published on 19 Aug 2011.
As part of the community-wide consultation programme, “Your City Our Future” (YCOF), a questionnaire was sent to every household with ‘City Talk’ in June 2011. The questionnaire asked the community to indicate what spending priority should be given to a number of discretionary activities. 4,340 valid responses were received by the Council.
Overall, the community ranked 46 areas of discretionary expenditure as medium to high spending priorities. The areas which were identified as the highest spending priorities were:
• Advocating for the retention of our hospital and medical research capacity;
• Encouraging employment opportunities for everyone;
• Ensuring Dunedin maintains its reputation as a leading provider of education services; and
• Promoting Dunedin to attract visitors, workers and investors.
The areas which were most commonly identified as ‘top three spending priorities’ in the open data collection were:
• Employment and jobs;
• Reduction of rates and spending;
• Public transport;
• Supporting businesses and industries; and
• Learning and education.
The areas most commonly identified as ‘other factors the Council should consider’ in the open data collection were:
• Improving public transport services (cheaper fares, bus frequency and timetable, bus sizes, bus routes, bus shelters, etc.);
• Improving railway services (trams/cable cars, passenger rail, freight, etc.); and
• Supporting home-owners to make homes warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat.
In order to overcome possible issues of bias associated with surveys where respondents ‘self select’, a telephone survey was also be undertaken in June 2011 of a random sample of 380 households. The Council is satisfied that the results from the telephone survey have validated the results from the questionnaire.
Mayor Dave Cull says, “When we first launched YCOF in 2010 I said this programme takes an holistic view of the city and it is important that the community plays an active part in shaping that view. These results suggest a large number of Dunedin residents took the opportunity to do just that. I’m looking forward to building on the work that has already been done, and helping to shape Dunedin into the city our community wants it to be.”
The YCOF results will guide the Council and DCC staff when considering the priorities for discretionary spending over the next ten years.
Contact Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin on 477 4000.
### ODT Online Sat, 20 Aug 2011
Councils in talks on buses
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is considering a possible takeover of the Dunedin public transport network from the Otago Regional Council, which could pave the way for an overhaul of the service.
The news was confirmed by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull yesterday, as results of the council’s Your City, Our Future survey sent to households across the city showed strong public support for such a move. Mr Cull said the survey results and other feedback meant the community had “obviously signalled” its desire for a better service, beginning with a transfer of responsibility for the network, and “we’re considering it”. Preliminary discussions with ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead about a possible takeover had been under way for several months, Mr Cull said.
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