DCC: Snow White cause of substantial loss + DRAFT Annual Plan

snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs [sisterlondon.com] 1Vestiges of Purity for ALL [ethical cleansing HITS town]

‘Some of the unfavourable variance because of divestment losses’

### ODT Online Wed, 30 Mar 2016
City pays cost for divesting
By Timothy Brown
Some of the Dunedin City Council’s divestment decisions have cost the city, it was revealed at yesterday’s council finance committee meeting. […] The council voted last May to scrap any investments the [Waipouri] fund had in the munitions, tobacco, fossil fuel extraction, gambling or pornography industries and to bar future investment in those industries. […] The fund had produced $783,000 in profit during the eight months to February 29. However, this was $1.657million down on the budgeted $2.44million profit.
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Agenda – FIN – 29/03/2016 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
This agenda includes the reports


1 Public Forum [page 4]
2 Apologies [4]
3 Confirmation of Agenda [4]
4 Declaration of Interest [5]

PART A REPORTS (Committee has power to decide these matters)

5 Financial Result – Period Ended 29 February 2016 [6]
This report provides a commentary of the financial performance of Council for the period ended 29 February 2016 and the financial position as at that date. The net deficit (including Waipori) for the eight months to February was $5.878 million or $381k worse than budget.

6 Financial Result – Period Ended 31 January 2016 [31]
This report provides the financial results for the period ended 31 January 2016 and the financial position as at that date. The net deficit (including Waipori) for the seven months to January was $6.668 million or $36k worse than budget.

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26.3.16 Dunedin: Erosion issues at St Clair and Ocean Beach
25.1.16 DCC: South Dunedin Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP)
5.1.16 Hammered from all sides #fixit [dunedinflood Jun2015]
27.12.15 Pop Mashup(s) + Independent UK…on attack to local democracy
21.11.15 Mayor Cull won’t admit lack of maintenance #SouthDunedinFlood
14.7.15 DCC strategies needed like a hole in the head
27.4.15 She’s right: “We are a very poor city.” —Cr Hilary Calvert
6.4.15 Energy, a little picture #wow
25.5.14 Whaleoil: Rodney Hide on Dunedin’s Luddite Council
21.1.14 Jints, this one’s forya
13.1.14 Taking to water like a duck on oil


  • Dunedin City Council – Media Release
    Annual Plan consultation begins

    This item was published on 24 Mar 2016

    Should we be spending more on economic development in Dunedin and/or boosting funding for community grants? These are some of the questions the Dunedin City Council is asking residents as part of its 2016/17 Annual Plan and budget consultation, which opens today.

    Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says recent changes to the law mean the Council is taking a different approach to how it seeks feedback from residents on what should be included in the 2016/17 Annual Plan: “Just last year we went through a rigorous process developing a 10 year Long Term Plan (LTP), which sets out the city’s financial and strategic path. This year we are asking the community to comment largely on things we are proposing to add or change.” Some of the proposed changes are things that have already been discussed with the community and agreed on, but were either not funded in the LTP or not funded beyond the current 2015/16 year. Examples include the funding proposed for GigCity, UNESCO City of Literature and Dunedin’s Arts and Culture and Environment Strategies.

    Mr Cull says the planned increase in economic development resourcing is effectively a return of funding taken out several years ago because of budget constraints: “The proposed $790,000 increase in funding is largely community driven. One of the consistent messages emerging from residents is that job creation and business encouragement are vital for Dunedin. Our business sector is also telling us we need to market the city better to visitors and businesses.”

    Funding has also been provided for investigations into South Dunedin groundwater/ sea level rise issues [WHAT ISSUES – WHERE IS THE SCIENCE ?], and to investigate coastal erosion in other areas. Other proposed funding includes an extra $120,000 for community grants because there are always more requests than money available.

    These suggested changes can be achieved within the proposed 2.9% rates rise.

    The consultation document is now available at www.dunedin.govt.nz/2016AP. Public consultation on the Annual Plan closes at 5pm on 20 April. People are encouraged to provide their feedback early and, if possible, use the online form.

    A snapshot of what is proposed, presented in a map fold newsletter, will be delivered to every Dunedin household. Information will also be available at DCC service centres and libraries and at the Customer Services Agency in the Civic Centre. There will also be a public meeting and workshop, and six drop-in sessions with the opportunity for face-to-face discussion with Councillors. These will be held around the wider city during the consultation period.

    █ Comments on the DCC Facebook page and tweets to @DnCityCouncil using #DunedinAP will also be considered as feedback. The consultation period will be followed by hearings and deliberations in May and a final Annual Plan will be adopted by the Council in June.

    █ A range of supporting documents and an online submission form are available at www.dunedin.govt.nz/2016AP.

    Contact The Mayor of Dunedin on 03 477 4000.
    DCC Link

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    12.9.15 Cr Kate ‘Cycleways’ Wilson —(disingenuous) fails constituents
    22.8.15 DCC cycleway$ now tied to more ‘urban de$ign’ $pend, after reha$h…
    14.7.15 DCC strategies needed like a hole in the head
    22.7.15 DCC Long Term Plan 2015/16 – 2024/25
    24.6.15 DCC Residents’ Opinion Survey (ROS)
    29.5.15 Design alternatives to (pre-selected) bridge not canvassed by DCC
    5.5.15 DCC financial position | DCC reply: “$20M cash on hand” #LGOIMA
    4.5.15 DCC: Draft LTP matter —‘Unfunded Mosgiel Aquatic Facilities’
    28.9.14 “DCC entitlement” about to ramrod change at CBD #manipulation
    5.8.14 DCC staff-led CBD projects that impact… | consolidated council debt
    27.6.14 Stadium costs $23.4144 million per annum
    25.1.12 Waipori Fund – inane thinkings from a councillor
    17.11.13 Cull, MacTavish: (to borrow a phrase) “Have you fixed the debt crisis?”

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

    *Image: sisterlondon.com – SW + dwarves, tweaked by whatifdunedin
    (many thanks to Disney)


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    33 responses to “DCC: Snow White cause of substantial loss + DRAFT Annual Plan

    1. Ray

      $250,000 to be spent on GigaCity! (Gigatown) That’s not enough to run fibre in my small cul-de-sac street of 15 houses. Get a move on DCC and do not say that it’s Gigatown and Chorus to blame for slow roll out! You get on and deliver what was promised please!

    2. Elizabeth

      Mute point that ‘Dunedin is growing’ ….at about half the rate of the rest of NZ [which Mr Christie glossed over hugely, like Mr Bendy] – and no Real Jobs except for the highly skilled who could find work anywhere.
      The Rich get richer here while the Poor look for bridges to sleep under.
      The writer of the editorial has historically enjoyed something of a tenured position, like all the old lads at McPravda. Dunedin is no more looking after its own than fly to the moon.

      Wed, 30 Mar 2016
      ODT Editorial: Positive planning needed
      OPINION Dunedin is growing. However you measure growth, the city ticks the box: GDP, new jobs, property prices, population, visitor numbers. It’s a relatively novel scenario for modern Dunedin and one the city must adapt to rapidly if it wants to maintain momentum. With new growth comes proposals for new development, not all of which neatly fit into the city’s district plan.

    3. Elizabeth

      Dunedin Television Tue, 29 Mar 2016
      39 News: Council debt higher than budget for financial year to date
      Dunedin City Council debt is slightly higher than budgeted for this financial year to date. The latest figures show the council’s net deficit was $5.8m for the eight months to the end of February. That’s almost $400,000 worse than budget.
      It’s due to lower returns on international investments, higher depreciation costs and reduced revenue. But the council’s also had less expenditure than expected for the same period, and lower interest costs. Over the long term it’s paying off debt faster than planned.

    4. Gurglars

      One of the saddest things is the complete lack of arithmetical skill (arithmetic = adding and subtracting, Americans call it math, because they can’t add up either)
      Shown by anyone at the DCC and in particular the editor of the ODT.

      Since when did half New Zealand’s average growth rate become a fine and noteworthy result, except for being a noteworthy fail.

    5. Calvin Oaten

      The ODT Editorials are getting more and more surreal by the week when it comes to DCC doings. All is very rosy yet when you have a deficit of $6.668m to end of January, including falling returns from the Waipori Investment Fund due to our dopey decisions to divest the plums of the portfolio, then there is the extra $790K for Economic Development plucked out of the ether which is on top. Yet Mayor Dave Cull brags of the city’s $20m reduction in its debt. Perhaps the consolidated report might show us the sleeve up which he stuffed that. But my guess is he has no idea in the wide world how the financial gurus within pull the rabbits out of the hats before his goggled eyes. DVML and DVL continue to pile up the deficits, the St Clair waterfront is a moving disaster and we still haven’t heard their full BS summation of the June 2015 Sth Dunedin flood outcome. But Hey! everything is in good shape really, and the city is growing with employment increasing (John Christie says it is so it must be right) and the ODT is happy. So come election time why would we want anything to change?

    6. Elizabeth

      Fri, 1 Apr 2016 at 12:41 p.m.

      █ Message: Just numbers

      Dilbert 1.4.16 by Scott Adams [via Stuff.co.nz 31.3.16][click to enlarge – via Stuff.co.nz 31.3.16]

    7. Elizabeth

      Link received.
      Mon, 4 Apr 2016 at 11:16 a.m.

      Dilbert 4.4.16 Year planning - by Scott Adams [via Stuff.co.nz 4.4.16] [click to enlarge – via Stuff.co.nz 4.4.16]

      Stuff cartoons at http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/75823311/cartoons.html

    8. Elizabeth

      Wed, 6 Apr 2016
      ODT: Ethical sales losses $380K
      The Dunedin City Council’s Waipori Fund held positions in four equities that were against the ethical investment policy when it was adopted last April. It was revealed at last week’s finance committee meeting that the policy had caused losses to the fund, although the extent of those losses was not available.

      “It’s a shame that we didn’t adopt our social responsibility investment policy earlier, because those shares are not winners in the 21st century.” [someone said]

    9. Elizabeth

      The bullshit is AMAZING.
      (a comment not directed at any dairy cow we know)

      • Hype O'Thermia

        Careful, you never know what bovines are reading and aching to jump a fence / take offence.
        Fencing contractors are cheaper than lawyers, on a per-kilo basis.

    10. Elizabeth

      Cr Whiley is quite right.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        Is it safe to say [named person] is right in these days of sensitivity?
        Couldn’t offence be taken on the basis that other people were not singled out as being right?

    11. Elizabeth

      Public Domain

      Mayor Dave Cull and some other councillors are still happy with the divestment, away from unstable industries.

      ### dunedintv.co.nz Thu, 7 Apr 2016
      Divestment costs DCC
      The Dunedin City Council has lost some money selling its shares in mining, energy and petroleum companies. Councillors made an ethical move to divest last year, and subsequently sold shares in four large international firms. The council received almost $1.2m for the equities. But that was about $380,000 less than their combined worth. However if the council had retained those investments, their falling value would have resulted in a loss of about $150,000.
      Ch39 Video


      • Hype O'Thermia

        I thought the kaupapa was, it’s OK for material to be in the ODT and Herald that cannot be on this site.
        Thus the above must surely be amended:
        The [deleted] has lost some [deleted] selling its [deleted] in [deleted] companies. [Deleted] made an ethical move to [deleted] last year, and subsequently [deleted] [deleted] in four [deleted]. The [deleted] received almost [deleted] for the [deleted]. But that was about [deleted] [deleted] than their combined [deleted]. However if the [deleted] had retained those [deleted], their [deleted] would have resulted in a [deleted] of [deleted].

        See, much better. Transparency at its zenith. Or nadir. I’m always getting those two mixed up. Anyway point is –
        – all join in –
        We don’t know how lucky we are, mate….

        • Elizabeth

          Learning fast in the face of [sainted or was it pseudo] authority. Think Dux of School, next week. Or M. Python screenwriting.

    12. Gurglars

      Always a very sensible investment plan in a long term fund.

      Buy when (oil, iron ore, nickel, zinc, lead) are high and then sell because of theoretical stupidity when metals, oils and consumer goods are at historical lows.

      Just what spin will [they] do when the 2007 buzzword and chicken little of the greens – Peak Oil raises its ugly head and oil prices rise to $US150 per barrel?

      Could someone please advise councillors that Waipori Fund investment is about rates reduction.

      At the same time explain there is no reason to have DCC owned companies that are not contributing profits to rates relief!

      {Moderated. Contributors to this site are under loose caution to not attack the defenceless. Muzzle. -Eds}

      • Hype O'Thermia

        Since when have observations and statements of the bleeding obvious been “attacks”? Is this a continuation of the I Find That Offensive
        (dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/i-find-that-offensive-recommended-by-patrik-schumacher-·-mar-25/) thread?
        Has it become mandatory to express nothing less than praise about everything and everyone in this burg, lest those unpraised make their anguish known, in ways that dare not be ignored?

        • Elizabeth

          Back to 4G access.

          There’s ways to make you talk, and ways to make that trap stay firmly shut. Reverse accountability but not using mafia tricks at all.

    13. Elizabeth

      Sun, 17 Apr 2016 at 9:41 a.m.

      ### telegraph.co.uk 16 April 2016 • 4:26pm
      Expect more ebbs and flows in the chaotic world of oil
      By Liam Halligan
      Forecasting the oil price, as I’ve often said, is a mug’s game. But the cost of the black stuff is so important – central not just to transport and electricity generation, but also agriculture, the production of plastics and synthetics and so much else – that any self-respecting economist simply must take a view. “In the absence of a major financial meltdown, oil will end 2016 north of $60 a barrel,” this column asserted at the turn of the year, possibly after one Christmas brandy too many. Despite yuletide excess, I’m sticking to that.

      Brent Crude oil price (expect-more-ebbs-and-flows-in-the-chaotic-world-of-oil) [telegraph.co.uk 16.4.16]

      Last week oil jumped above $44 – its highest level this year. Having sunk to a 12-year low in mid-February, crude prices have since risen 40pc. The Opec oil exporters’ cartel is now trying to forge an output-limiting agreement, ending a two-year supply glut and pushing prices further up. So, all eyes are on today’s Opec summit in Doha. Back in mid-2014, de facto Opec leader Saudi Arabia announced a production hike in the face of falling prices. The idea was to drive prices down more and knock high-cost North American shale producers decisively out of the market, so protecting Opec’s market share. As Saudi, Kuwait, Venezuela and other large Opec members flooded world markets, crude fell and then began to nose dive, plunging 70pc over 18 months. While many shale outfits in the US and Canada were clearly hit, the extent of the drop meant low-cost Opec members suffered badly too. Nursing depleted financial reserves, a 15pc-of-GDP budget deficit and multiple sovereign debt downgrades, even Saudi itself, the once impregnable Desert Kingdom, is now under serious fiscal pressure.
      Read more

    14. Elizabeth

      SERIOUSLY ####
      Who can be bothered or has the time to commit to an endless array of freaking DCC consultation, and given the leadership and culture. The strongest or least ethical was it ?? turn up to bludge money from ratepayers as if we are a BANK to their individual private schemes.
      Bigger council wars to defuse and deshell.

      Wed, 4 May 2016
      ODT: Fewer plan submissions
      The number of people making submissions on Dunedin City Council’s annual plan has dropped substantially. Figures released to the Otago Daily Times showed 602 submissions were received by the close of the consultation period for the 2016-17 annual plan, with 78 submitters indicating they want to speak at hearings being held today and tomorrow.

      ● 1119 submissions received for 2014-15 plan
      ● 2178 received last year for 2015-16 to 2024-25 long-term plan

    15. Hype O'Thermia

      It took from 2011 to the flood for Cr Vandervis’s concerns about mudtanks to get through to them.
      They wouldn’t take notice of him, so who believes they will to take notice of ordinary people’s submissions ?

    16. Elizabeth

      Thu, 5 May 2016
      ODT: Tough decisions needed if rates to stay on budget
      The Dunedin City Council faces some tough decisions if it is to keep rates increases within a 3% limit, after almost $700,000 worth of extra costs were discovered. Group chief financial officer Grant McKenzie, speaking to councillors at the start of yesterday’s annual plan hearings, said the extra costs meant there would be a rates increase of 3.5% if no changes were made to the draft annual plan.

      (via ODT)

      The extra costs identified by council staff were:
      ●●●●●● $891,000 for staff resources, including three full-time equivalent staff for water and waste services.●●●●●●
      ● $360,000 extra to go towards City Care’s water and waste services contract to cover more essential maintenance, including additional sewer checks.
      ● $200,000 towards parks and recreation for Ocean Beach resource consent requirements.
      ● $176,000 cost as a result of reduced revenue from parking enforcement.
      ●●●●●● $96,000 covers the funding of Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board, which the council had earlier proposed getting rid of ($56,000) and pay increases for elected members.●●●●●●
      ● $33,000 from increased Otago Regional Council rates.

      Mr McKenzie said the increased costs for water and waste services were not in response to issues raised by last June’s flooding.

      ODT DRAFT Annual Plan stories:

      Call for better services [South Dunedin]
      The need for investment in South Dunedin and better communication with its residents was highlighted by the South Dunedin Business Association.

      Toilets to erosion broached
      The need for extra facilities for freedom campers, improved maintenance of gravel roads and fears about coastal erosion were among issues brought up by Dunedin’s community boards yesterday.

      Spreading the word
      Sign language interpreter Bridget Brown interpreted the words of Disabled Persons’ Assembly kaituitui (those who weave together threads of knowledge) Chris Ford at the Dunedin City Council annual plan hearings yesterday.

      Policy sought on rates remission for unproductive land
      A Maori legal centre has called on the Dunedin City Council to provide rates remission for Maori ancestral land not producing revenue.

      Delay preferred to inferior outcome
      West Harbour residents would rather see the completion of the area’s shared cycleway delayed than the low quality option proposed by NZ Transport Agency (NZTA). […] Mr Walker raised other issues yesterday, including asking the council to repair fencing along SH88, which had been left to deteriorate and was an eyesore for cruise ship passengers. He also called for continued investment in the Port Chalmers pool.

      Urged to reduce emissions
      The council needs to place “much greater” emphasis on reducing emissions and adapting to the changed environment that will come with sea level rise. Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust chairman Scott Willis highlighted the devastation that would be caused by sea level rise in the coming decades. [IDIOT]

      Octagon anti-smoking group lobbies
      The Octagon could be a smoke-free zone if a push by an anti-smoking group is successful. Smokefree Otago, made up of health and education organisations, has done research in the Octagon the group says showed 73% of businesses there supported the idea, 13% were neutral and 14% opposed.

    17. Elizabeth

      I’m sure she’s right….. >> “UGLY DESPICABLE LOSERS”

      Cobb and Co restaurant to be established at Railway Station.

      Thu, 5 May 2016
      ODT: I’m being forced out, cafe owner says
      A Russian businesswoman believes she is being forced out of her leased premises in the Dunedin Railway Station by the Dunedin City Council to make way for a new family restaurant chain. The allegation has been denied by the council, but Sweet Station Cafe owner Tamara Jansen said she received an unexpected invoice from the council earlier this year, requesting she pay $24,797.04 for “operating expenses recovery” for the period November 29, 2013, to March 31, 2016.

    18. Lyndon Weggery

      Scott Willis’ comment to the Annual Plan hearings yesterday that “it was more important to invest in “managed retreat” from sea level rise than respond to coastal erosion” would certainly not go down well in South Dunedin.
      Although not covered at the recent meeting between the Mayor and the South Dunedin Action Group it is the aim of the Group to determine DCC’s true feelings on the matter in subsequent meetings.

      • russandbev

        Lyndon, it seems strange that this issue was not covered in your group’s meeting with the DCC. Seems to me looking on from afar that the group caved in on an independent chair, there is no news of the subjects to be covered in the meeting or in subsequent meetings. You know, and presumably the group knows, that Cull blamed the primary reason for the floods on AGW and talked about a managed retreat from South Dunedin. That is his basic belief and will be behind everything that he says he is listening to. Having some word-fest under rules set by Cull will not get anywhere until all the issues are documented, raised in an independent meeting, and publicly notified – even it takes a paid advert to do so. Otherwise it will all just vanish – like all the other promises to do things.

      • JimmyJones

        Scott Willis and his extremist Dark Green associates should be very pleased to know that “managed retreat” is under active consideration as a “solution” for South Dunedin and harbourside areas by DCC staff.

        The other day we saw this (ODT: ‘Quite constructive’ flood meeting):
        Asked about South Dunedin being a “lost cause”, Mr Cull said Mr MacLeod was “speculating” and the topic was not discussed at the meeting. Note the slippery words and that he did not deny the claim.

        In fact Mayor Cull must be well aware of the plan because it fits his political ideology and because he voted to approve the report
        Update on the Council’s Climate Change Adaptation Work Sustainability Audit Subcommittee 18/4/16.
        This is what it says:
        For around South Dunedin and along the edge of the harbour:
        ● Engage with the community on climate change adaptation
        ● Develop non-protection options
        ● Undertake a cost benefit analysis of identified protection and non-protection options
        ● Develop an adaptation plan for this area

        [“non-protection options” is code for “managed retreat”]

        The fact that this idea would be seriously considered as a possibility is another symptom of a very big problem facing the city.

        • Hype O'Thermia

          Despair not, JimmyJones: “…another symptom of a very big problem facing the city.” A solution may not be far away, October, say………

    19. Lyndon Weggery

      Thanks Jimmy for posting Climate Change Adaptation Update to DCC Sustainability Audit Committee. I have carefully noted their findings and rest assured there will be SDAG internal discussions on this particular subject as part of our long-term strategy (russandbev please note) to engage with Council.
      In my private capacity I have also lodged a submission to the ORC Annual Plan seeking their support (as part of their own Natural Hazards Strategy) for DCC to start engaging with the local community as to their thinking on South Dunedin. Submissions to ORC close tomorrow.

      • JimmyJones

        Lyndon: My belief is that the primary threat to South Dunedin is the continuing unwillingness of the DCC to properly maintain and upgrade the stormwater system to even a barely acceptable standard. Also, the serious under-funding of the 3-waters renewals and improvements has been like a gift from Santa Claus every year, when the DCC want to pay for their various wasteful, unwanted and financially destructive projects. I think that they will use all their efforts to resist to keep this funding source. We have seen this with the resolution of the 26/4/16 ISC meeting which boils down to a promise to do nothing (because of the nature of the Infrastructure Strategy).

        No doubt at the SDAG meeting you were given some vague meaningless assurances and a bunch of Global Warming mumbo-jumbo which may have satisfied some of you. “Engagement” is such a feeble word: the SDAG and the DCC clearly want different and conflicting things – if you are trying to achieve your goals then you are “negotiating”. Be clear about your goals – I think you should aim to achieve a stormwater system that performs to a standard that will protect properties from flood damage the next time there is a big rain (one in ten year rain- no flooding; one in 100 year rain- no flooding over floor height [300mm]).

        Any assurances that you are given about the pump screens and the mud-tanks are a deception: both of these things are cheap and easy to fix, but the real problem isn’t these things- the pipes are fucked: the pipes renewals program is so slow that they are wearing out faster than they are being replaced (check out stormwater CapEx ÷ Depreciation for recent years). Properly funding the pipe renewals will mean big sacrifices for big-spending councillors (boo-hoo). Some painful choices for staff and councillors, not ratepayers.

        South Dunedin is not the only place at risk, Green Is., Kaikorai Valley, Mosgiel and Brighton and others remain exposed to this situation.

    20. Elizabeth

      Fri, 6 May 2016
      ODT DRAFT Annual Plan stories today:

      Aim to build facility at King’s
      Otago Hockey and King’s High School asked the Dunedin City Council for $600,000 to develop a “multipurpose all-weather facility” during yesterday’s annual plan hearings. The hockey turf would have lights and stands and be based at King’s High School, Otago Hockey’s proposal said.

      System unfair, out of step: Trustpower
      Trustpower has called for a review of the Dunedin City Council’s rates differentials, claiming the current arrangement is unfair to the company and out of step with other local bodies. In its submission, Trustpower said its rates for the scheme had increased by about $10,000 each year for the past six years.

      Football turf at park hope
      Football South has proposed a $3.5million artificial turf at Logan Park. The group called for the Dunedin City Council to support the proposal in principle at yesterday’s annual plan meeting, but said there would be no funding required until the next financial year.

      Safer town belt requested
      Action is needed to make tracks through Dunedin’s town belt safer and more usable for walkers. Dunedin Amenities Society member Paul Pope said he had submitted on the need for work on a “town belt traverse” three years running, but was disappointed little progress had been made towards making it a permanent trail.

      University seeks cycleways clarity
      The University of Otago wants more clarity on the council’s plans for cycleways and North Dunedin streets. University policy adviser Murray Brass told councillors there was a lack of information about what the “change in scope” of the council’s investment in cycleway infrastructure meant.

      ODT: Dunedin Symphony Orchestra
      The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is one of many arts organisations under threat from a drop in lottery funding … [Board president Brendan Gray yesterday] said it was concerned about its council grant having been cut by $7000, which added to the $6000 it paid to rent the Dunedin Town Hall left it $13,000 out of pocket.

      Toitu deficit $205,000 for seven months to January 2016 – $40,000 worse than budget – despite visitor numbers 70% higher than budgeted.

      Extra staff sought for Toitu
      Cr Hilary Calvert questioned whether a gold coin entry fee could help alleviate the budgetary difficulties for Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, during the Dunedin City Council’s annual plan hearings yesterday. Cr Calvert’s questioning came during Otago Settlers Association Phil Dowsett’s submission.

      Chamber uncertain about funding for food resilience; supports budget increase for Grow Dunedin partnership.

      Increase rates take: Chamber of Commerce
      Otago Chamber of Commerce would rather a rates increase of more than 3% than spending cuts … [Chief executive Dougal McGowan] said its members had clearly indicated strong support for extra funding, especially when it came to the environment strategy and economic development.

    21. Hype O'Thermia

      “Otago Hockey and King’s High School asked the Dunedin City Council for $600,000 to develop a “multipurpose all-weather facility” ”
      This sounds not unlike a multipurpose all-weather facility down Anzac Avenue way.
      Mind you considering what extraordinary value for money that one is, it’s clear that a city can’t have too many. We’d be fools not to build another one or two, maybe some in Mosgiel……….
      Brighton doesn’t have one yet either.

    22. Elizabeth

      Sat, 7 May 2016
      ODT: Mosgiel four-pool concept plan deal
      The group behind Mosgiel’s proposed new pool is about to start developing a design for a four-pool facility, after an agreement with the Dunedin City Council. [Taieri Communities Facility Trust chairwoman Irene Mosley] said the council had agreed a complex could be built for less than $15 million, as the trust had said all along.

    23. Elizabeth

      ### dunedintv.co.nz Tue, 10 May 2016
      Councillors evacuated during deliberations
      City councillors were evacuated from the civic centre this morning during their first day of annual plan deliberations. It was a planned trial evacuation involving firefighters from the central Dunedin station, who responded at 11am.
      The council’s going through its proposed budgets for the next financial year, following extensive community consultation. Councillors are deciding how best to allocate funds based on demand while trying to keep general rates below 3%. The deliberations are due to take several days. Just over 600 submissions were lodged on the plan. Cycleway development was the most popular topic among submitters.
      Ch39 Video

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