DCC: Draft Environment Strategy for consultation #ohchrist

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Dunedin City Council Published on Aug 6, 2015
Dunedin’s Draft Environment Strategy for consultation
Mayor Dave Cull treasures the accessibility of Dunedin’s natural places and thinks we need to increase our awareness of the threats our natural places are under. Share what you treasure most about Dunedin’s natural environment, and what you think we need to change to protect, restore and enhance the things and places you treasure at www.TeAoTuroa.co.nz

Dunedin City Council
Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World: Draft Environment Strategy

Dunedin’s natural environment is one of our greatest assets. We’re reliant on a healthy natural environment to provide food, shelter, water and clean air. Our natural spaces and unique wildlife are also a large part of Dunedin’s appeal to residents, visitors and migrants and the city’s economic wellbeing.

To ensure future generations inherit a healthy natural environment, we need to safeguard what we have, and strive to improve the health of our environment where it has become degraded. We also need to do our part to reduce our impact on the global environment, and prepare for the effects of climate change. Doing so will result in a better, more liveable Dunedin even today – cleaner water and air, awe-inspiring surroundings and experiences, healthier communities, and a more resilient economy.

Help set the strategic direction for Dunedin’s approach to the natural environment. Find out about the draft strategy and ● provide feedback by 31 August.

A workshop for stakeholders, interest groups and members of the public to discuss the draft Strategy will be held from 5:30pm Monday 10 August 2015, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Octagon, Dunedin.
█ To register your interest in attending the workshop, please email policy @dcc.govt.nz by Thursday 6 August 2015.
[date surpassed] ● EMAIL AND TURN UP ANYWAY !!!!!

Further workshops may be arranged. Check this page for details:

The Draft Environment Strategy, titled Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World provides direction on how we, as a city, will protect and improve our natural environment for current and future generations. Te Ao Tūroa builds on the continued stewardship and guardianship by many people and organisations over the years. It identifies our environmental strengths, the environmental challenges we face, and opportunities for partnership.

Download the draft strategy (PDF, 2MB) or read the ebook:

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20 responses to “DCC: Draft Environment Strategy for consultation #ohchrist

  1. Council Sigh.

    Agenda 21! It’s like a local government cult. Nice picture on the cover though.

  2. Elizabeth

    The bad environmentalist dream

    Electioneering eco-warriors Jinters and Death Cull are willing to destroy Mosgiel’s Memorial Gardens for a new gilt-edged swimming pool – the present green space, a community memorial SUNK. This, with full cost on the Dunedin Ratepayers’ backs will lead to WAR………. (*smirk) string the ‘greenie’ hypocrites from the highest tree in the park.

    TheCranberriesVEVO Uploaded on Jun 16, 2009
    The Cranberries – Zombie
    Music video by The Cranberries performing Zombie. (C) 1994 The Island Def Jam Music Group
    Music: “Zombie” by The Cranberries (Google Play • iTunes)

    Zombie” as written by Dolores Mary O’riordan, Rui Jorge Da Silva, Darin Pappas and Antonio Pereira….

    Another head hangs lowly
    Child is slowly taken
    And if violence causes the silence
    Who are we mistaking
    But you see it’s not me
    It’s not my family
    In your head in your head
    They are fighting

    With their tanks and their bombs
    And their bombs and their guns
    In your head in your head they are crying

    In your head
    In your head
    Zombie zombie zombie ei ei
    What’s in your head
    In your head.
    Zombie, zombie, zombie ei, ei, ei, oh do,do,do,do,do,do,do,do

    Another mother’s breaking heart is taking over the violence causes silence
    We must be mistaken
    It’s the same old thing since 1916
    In your head in your head
    They’re still fighting
    With their tanks and their bombs
    And their bombs and their guns
    In your head in your head they are dying


  3. Calvin Oaten

    Just for once it would be refreshing for the DCC acolytes to wait for definitive evidence of ‘anthropomorphic global warming’, sic Climate Change, before rushing in and spending copious amounts of ratepayers’ treasure (which is in very short supply) on what might well be a waste of resources. Still, I suppose when you are guided by two (Mayor Cull and Cr MacTavish) slaves to the UN Agenda 21 this is to be expected. Such is the brainwashing campaign by government, academia and the media generally, that the slightly interested public can be seduced by the ‘scare tactics’, regardless of authenticity, to the point where the artful will have their way and profit accordingly.

    • Elizabeth

      The worst bloody thing is MacTavish and Cull, what an attractive A21 couple, are paid huge ugly stipends to goof off.

  4. Gurglars

    Travelling in Queensland, I have yet to see one cyclist on all the myriad of roads beset with cycleways. Yesterday however I did see twenty cyclists in a “peliton” cycling frantically along a highway without a cycle lane. Thus begs the real question. If cyclists do not ride where the councils mark the cycleways, are we not charged either with every road having a cycle lane or none. And if we are to have cycle lanes on every road should we not ban cars altogether.

    My dream is for every councillor that votes for a cycleway, every staff member that is involved or implements one and every “team leader” abandons their car, and cycles home sans food, whiteware, sports equipment and any other appurtanance and that all parking attendants are given a pedal bicycle and they are all accounted for by the finance department who will clearly have to cycle to count them daily.

  5. Elizabeth

    In the same way SPOKES boondoggled the cycleways, now we have the greenies on their smartphones punching more buttons. Yeah, don’t worry, it’s not democracy!

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Fri, 4 Sep 2015
    Draft environment strategy proving popular
    A new strategy to manage and protect the local environment is finding favour among residents. The city council has received about 100 submissions on the draft strategy, and most are strongly in support.There’s also been about 500 public responses to questions posed by the council in relation to the strategy. Residents were asked what they treasured most about Dunedin’s natural environment. They were also asked what needs to change in order to protect, restore and enhance those treasures. Submissions are being analysed and the council’s scheduled to consider recommendations early next year.
    Ch39 Link [no video available]

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Tue, 8 Sep 2015
      Overcoming deprivation
      By Eileen Goodwin
      A South Dunedin cycling initiative overcame obstacles caused by the area’s deprivation by giving young people equipment and skills, the Public Health Association Conference heard. […] The project involves the city council, schools, recreational bike clubs, local funding bodies, and youth training providers. Funding from the Otago Community Trust allowed 500 young people to participate in mountain biking, BMX and road cycling sessions.
      Read more

  6. Elizabeth

    Screeeech —LMAO

    ### ODT Online Wed, 23 Sep 2015
    Climate petition rejected
    By Carla Green
    A petition calling on the Government to address a broad spectrum of issues, including climate change, has been dismissed by a parliamentary select committee. The Government was already doing enough to address the issues outlined, finance and expenditure committee chairman David Bennett wrote.
    Read more

    Names of particular local pushers:
    Prof Alan Mark, Dr Janet Stephenson, Dr Susan Krumdieck and Generation Zero co-founder Paul Young.

    Pals of Greater Dunedin’s greenie faction.

  7. Elizabeth

    More BS from Jinters and Hawkeye. And Peat.
    The city is run by lunatic fringe [see Jinters’ favourite cowhide jacket].
    Literally BS of the first kind.

    If strategy approved at June council meeting, it joins six other strategies already adopted to inform council decision-making.

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016
    ODT: City environmental strategy step closer
    A Dunedin City Council strategy aimed at protecting the city’s environment and meeting challenges faced by climate change is one step closer to being adopted. The council’s community and environment committee yesterday voted in favour of adopting its environment strategy, dubbed Te Ao Turoa (The Natural World), following extensive consultation with the public.

    The the three goals of the strategy were:
    1.Dunedin is resilient and zero carbon.
    2.Dunedin has a healthy environment.
    3.Dunedin people care for the environment.


    Thu, 28 Apr 2016
    ODT: Landfill fee rise warning
    Dunedin landfill fees could increase by up to 20% as a result of planned changes to the emissions trading scheme. The potential cost to landfill users was brought up at yesterday’s city council community and environment committee meeting, where the council’s submission on the Government’s review of the ETS was discussed. The changes being mooted as part of the Government review included doubling the amount of New Zealand emission units councils need to pay on emissions from landfills by removing a 50% subsidy.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Heaven help us!
      I thought the days of fatuous Mission Statements, high-minded yet carefully non-specific, had gone the way of Crimplene trousers.
      Not while Green Genies are still doing the time warp –

      “The the three goals of the strategy were:
      1.Dunedin is resilient and zero carbon.
      2.Dunedin has a healthy environment.
      3.Dunedin people care for the environment.”

      Thank goodness Dunedin, its resilience on suicide watch thanks to stadium debt and ongoing profligacy, is not zero carbon. Plants would be dead and we’d be wandering around, sad zombies looking for 18.5% of our bodies. This is even sillier than Gareth Morgan’s cat obsession. Carbon is not the Wicked Witch of the West, it is a necessary part of the life cycle, taken up and released, taken up and released.

      Dunedin already has a healthy environment, but that doesn’t stop people making bad decisions that affect themselves and others, such as ignoring upkeep of necessary infrastructure and services – mudtanks and pumps, hospital meals and chronic underfunding, drying washing indoors making the house damp.

      Dunedin cares for the environment, so now it is considering a further incentive to dump rubbish down every gully or leave it piled at the back of the section indefinitely: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/381272/landfill-fee-rise-warning. Nice one, government – save the planet, wreck NZ.

      I suppose the next “need” will be recruiting another name onto the DCC payroll to communicate and facilitate the aims of “its environment strategy, dubbed Te Ao Turoa (The Natural World)”.

    • Tussock

      “It would be useful to inform the community transparently about where the costs lie.” On the subject of transparency of costs Dave. How about starting with the stadium.

    • Dunedin landfill fees could increase by up to 20% as a result of planned changes to the emissions trading scheme.

      DCC: The potential cost to landfill users was brought up

      The changes being mooted as part of the Government review included doubling the amount of New Zealand emission units councils need to pay on emissions from landfills by removing a 50% subsidy.

      Cr Aaron Hawkins (an amendment) called on the Government to add all industries, including agriculture, to the ETS. His amendment was approved.

      Mr Cull, Crs Hawkins and David Benson-Pope said it was unfair for the burden of the ETS to be placed on some – including the council and ratepayers – and not others.

      These people are headless chooks.
      In effect these charges on industries including agriculture will diminish our ability to compete on the global market.

      It would be nice if someone would get a little perspective on this subject. Read below to see the effect on CO2 emissions their proposals will have. But then consider the effect these charges will have on the people who pay these people (I use that word advisedly) to make these decisions. Take particular note of Bjorn Lomborg’s last point (bolded).

      Impact of Current Climate Proposals

      Bjorn Lomborg assesses the effect that all the policy measures promised at Paris are going to have on global temperatures. As the press release explains this effect is small/tiny/minute/barely discernible:

       If we measure the impact of every nation fulfilling every promise by 2030, the total temperature reduction will be 0.048°C (0.086°F) by 2100.

       Even if we assume that these promises would be extended for another 70 years, there is still little impact: if every nation fulfils every promise by 2030, and continues to fulfil these promises faithfully until the end of the century, and there is no ‘CO₂ leakage’ to non-committed nations, the entirety of the Paris promises will reduce temperature rises by just 0.17°C (0.306°F) by 2100.

       US climate policies, in the most optimistic circumstances, fully achieved and adhered to throughout the century, will reduce global temperatures by 0.031°C (0.057°F) by 2100.

       EU climate policies, in the most optimistic circumstances, fully achieved and adhered to throughout the century, will reduce global temperatures by 0.053°C (0.096°F) by 2100.

       China climate policies, in the most optimistic circumstances, fully achieved and adhered to throughout the century, will reduce global temperatures by 0.048°C (0.086°F) by 2100.

      The rest of the world’s climate policies, in the most optimistic circumstances, fully achieved and adhered to throughout the century, will reduce global temperatures by 0.036°C (0.064°F) by 2100.
      Bjorn Lomborg Article first published online: 9 NOV 2015
      Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 109–118, February 2016

      • Hype O'Thermia

        That’s in non-technical terms a lot of expense and inconvenience for a nett result of Sweet Fanny Adams, give or take an eyelash.

        If, however the climate is changing because Earth is doing its thing and getting warmer, wetter, windier or speed-wobbles – if it is, as 78% of non-climate scientists suspect, not giving a flying fewmet about humans and our anthropogenic attributions, why inflict all this ardent angst? Rock on, I say! Be respectful to the earth and its creatures and plants and resources because disrespect is a marker of the kind of person who would like to drive around in a Wicked Campers van. Within those light restrictions though, rock on!
        Ice Ages came and went without consultation with humans.
        Are we supposed to believe this planet Earth is like the God of children’s religious stories waiting to punish or reward us, changing its/His plans according to whether we’re “naughty or nice”?

        • @ Hype O’Thermia April 29 2016
          Agreed It is a lot of expense for sweet Fanny Adams.
          But everything to do with the IPCC is as you say and the hot air that and meaningless cant of ‘the greenery-yallery, Grosvenor Gallery,Foot-in-the-grave young man’ in council and the rest of th GD outfit plus acolytes in the DCC.

          As to the Paris COP 21 agreement, much of that has to do with noble intentions and nothing more:

          “Each Party shall prepare, communicate and maintain successive nationally determined contributions that it intends to achieve. Parties shall pursue domestic mitigation measures, with the aim of achieving the objectives of such contributions.” (Article 4.2)

          Legally binding? No! What was that about the path to Hell being paved with good intentions?

          It is more to do with accounting:

          “Parties shall account for their nationally determined contributions. In accounting for anthropogenic emissions and removals corresponding to their nationally determined contributions, Parties shall promote environmental integrity, transparency, accuracy, completeness, comparability and consistency, and ensure the avoidance of double counting – -.” (Article 4.13)

          And dunning the sucker nations with this request – which might be why our garmint is imposing charges.

          “strongly urges developed country Parties to scale up their level of financial support, with a concrete roadmap to achieve the goal of jointly providing USD 100 billion annually by 2020 for mitigation and adaptation.” (Para IV, 54)

          But then this doozy – the get out of jail clause:

          “ At any time after three years from the date on which this Agreement has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from this Agreement by giving written notification – -. 2. Any such withdrawal shall take effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt – – of the notification of withdrawal,

          So to boil it down. We (our government) decides what it will do (if anything) and make sure that it doesn’t double count it. (there must be a lot of accountants in the IPCC) but with the ability to say oops!

  8. Calvin Oaten

    1. Dunedin is resilient and zero carbon.
    2.Dunedin has a healthy environment.
    3.Dunedin people care for the environment.
    Think about these words, in what context do they make sense? How can a city be resilient, and in what sense?
    What exactly is a healthy environment again relative to a city? How do they know Dunedin people care for the environment? Most of all how do they envisage enacting those trite meaningless gospels? just throw money, that’s all.

    • Peter

      I agree, Calvin, those statements, presented as goals, are meaningless to the point of being pure waffle. And for the last few elections I have voted Green!
      Far better, surely, to have specific goals for specific green projects. We can then see whether the results have come up to the mark and are therefore accountable to the public.
      Unfortunately this kind of strategy policy talk turns people off and the said document faces the prospect of gathering dust. It only satisfies the policy wonks who sit behind computers.
      It amazes me how some people jump onto the bandwagon with all its precious lingo…. like Dave Cull’s careless talk about the primacy of climate change being responsible for the South Dunedin flood….and credibility can be so easily lost as a result.
      As a Green voter, I am embarrassed.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        Peter, surely you remember the “need” for Mission Statements for everything bigger than a corner dairy? Noble they were, and worthy – and by the time they’d been thrashed out and purged of specific promises so that the business/department wouldn’t be held responsible for defaults, “those statements, presented as goals, are meaningless to the point of being pure waffle”. Of course they were! Elaborate, verbose and (vitally) vague.
        Hours of senior-level time was spent crafting these non-incriminating gilded waffles.
        After this fashion had been going for a short time I wondered why they didn’t have a standard one: “We will try to do our job well” that they could customise by having it crafted for the foyer or boardroom wall by specialists in pokerwork, embroidery, knitting, calligraphics and screen-printing and collage. The boost to creatives would have gone some way to offset overall futility.

        I find it amusing, wryly, that this relic of the 80s has been disinterred by the brightest-eyed waggiest-tail’d fluffy puppy – how DO you stop them digging for old soup bones and the lingering scent of stable manure? – intent on re-using, recycling and saving the planet one platitude at a time.

  9. Tussock

    The ratepayers are expected to pay user-pays charges for rubbish and green waste disposal. While they have to subsidise the business of rugby. This council has surely got its priorities right…

  10. Gurglars

    Mission Statement!

    I promise I will not search Trade Me on office computer!

    I will not steal company car (unless electric)

    I promise I will be happy with $900 per day

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