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MORE DCC bull dust and poor investment #Sammy’s

Let’s have the Dunedin City Council compete directly with Private Business, again. This purchase underlines the fact that DCC is covert, lacking transparency and accountability.

Irresponsible unprogrammed spending. Where does it end.

Other people were interested in the property and had the funds. They have obviously been blindsided by the Council machine and Oakwood…. say no more.

The warehouse precinct (lower case) is a ‘success’ only in that buildings have been strengthened at a time when it was economically feasible to do so –a window. But the precinct reads and is experienced as a wasteland – no street life. Very few decently paying leases. Very early days.

Of course, no-one should rain on the parade. What parade.

Sammy’s is another sinkhole for Ratepayer funds ….such that the Stadium is Dead and continues to cost +$20million per annum. Wall Street Mall has no building Warrant of Fitness, and neither does the redeveloped Dunedin Town Hall complex. Does City Property even know how to run a pencil sharpener.

Does DCC know how to budget for core infrastructure upgrades and renewals. Nope. What’s that. The Auditor has already had a go at that (pipes); this was well before Aurora/Delta came on the public radar.

DCC is in complete disarray. And the majority of elected representatives are dreamers. It’s that bad.

Oh but we should be joyful, culturally upstanding. Led by the little Hawkins lad in shitty diapers, no doubt with Benson-Pope and Cull in behind. Christ all mighty. These types wouldn’t survive in the market place. OPM.

Lastly, this is the council who having assessed and promoted the warehouse precinct COMPLETELY FAILED TO LIST the centrepiece – the former His Majesty’s Theatre and Agricultural Hall – in the heritage schedule of the Dunedin City district plan – so bright and switched on were they. OPM.

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Sammy’s purchase secures part of Dunedin’s heritage

The Dunedin City Council has secured a piece of Dunedin’s history and opened up future possibilities with the purchase of the Sammy’s building on Crawford Street.

This item was published on 03 Feb 2017

The sale is unconditional and the DCC will take possession of the building on 10 February.

Community and Culture Committee Chair Cr Aaron Hawkins says, “Sammy’s has played a huge role in Dunedin’s social and cultural history, so it’s exciting for our community to be able to start thinking about its future.

“Some of the best live shows I’ve ever seen were at Sammy’s, and it’s still one of the most beautiful venues in the country. It would’ve been an absolute travesty had it been sold and bowled, but now it’s safe for another generation of artists and audiences to enjoy.”

Cr Hawkins says the DCC usually supports private property owners to retain and redevelop heritage buildings, but in this case the building was significant enough to warrant DCC investment.

As development of the Warehouse Precinct progresses towards the overbridge and over to Bond Street, Sammy’s will be an anchor building for the area.

The DCC paid $128,000 for the building. It does not own the land, but Cr Hawkins says the DCC has established a great relationship with the owner of the site, Oakwood Properties, and has secured a rent holiday for the next two years while the future of the building is decided in consultation with the community.

An options paper will go to the Council before Easter, looking at what could be done with the building. The paper will look at ways to involve the arts and business communities in decisions about the building’s function, how it might look and how it fits with its surroundings. The development of the building is likely to be a partnership venture.

Team Leader Urban Design Crystal Filep says, “Local creativity and skills, supported by the DCC, have driven development in the Warehouse Precinct. It’s a model that’s working well for the city and we hope to take a similar approach here.”

Built in 1896, the building was called Her Majesty’s Theatre while Queen Victoria was monarch, then changed to His Majesty’s Theatre during King Edward VII’s reign. The adjoining Agricultural Hall was built in 1902.

Contact DCC on 03 477 4000.

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Official Information – public sector review

1453335185378Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier

The Act [OIA] says responses should be as soon as practicable. That, in most cases, should be almost immediately. Twenty days soon becomes a target rather than an absolute maximum.

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Editorial: Reinvigorating the OIA
OPINION The move by the Chief Ombudsman and the State Services Commission this week to join forces to release statistics on how the public sector responds to official information requests is welcomed.
The step might be small — giving just an overview of how many requests each department receives, whether they respond by the 20-day deadline and how many complaints are lodged about them — but it is in the right direction. While it reveals the worst performers, deeper digging and more detail is needed to be assured about just how some departments and government agencies are doing in complying with the letter and spirit of the Official Information Act. Encouragingly, the commission is going further, developing a suite of “best practice” measures by the end of November this year. It will also be good to know how many requests are accepted or rejected and also how many requests are delayed right up to that deadline.
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Media Release
First release of OIA statistics

January 31, 2017

The Chief Ombudsman has today published comprehensive data about OIA complaints. This first release covers the six months to December 2016 and future releases will happen every six months.
Read more at http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/newsroom/item/first-release-of-oia-statistics

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