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DCC binge spending alert: Proposed South Dunedin cycle network

UPDATED POST 27.2.13
If there is no [NZTA] subsidy, the cost will be $70.6 million.
See further comment by JimmyJones based on statements in DCC annual plans.

Comment received.

JimmyJones
Submitted on 2013/02/24 at 5:55 pm

That could be, Hype O’Thermia. Perhaps the intracranial aphids explain why they keep getting their financial estimates so badly wrong.
It seems to me that the Team has been working on this for a few years and waiting for a few cycling deaths to help with the promotion of their ideas. The amount of publicity given to these deaths has been far beyond what is typical for previous cycling deaths and very different to the average pedestrian and motor vehicle death. No doubt the Team has good links with the ODT and it helps to have control of the $5 million Spin-doctor Machine. One of those is perfect for persuading the councillors that your ideological brain-explosions won’t cost much and that everyone will like them eventually.
As Elizabeth mentioned, election success can be greatly enhanced by the timing of a cycle-way media promotion, if this is part of your policy. There need not be collusion for this to happen: the Rosebud Team are very focused on their goals and know the value of getting the best people elected that share their ideology. It’s symbiotic self interest, and (probably) not corruption. The good of the Team is the important thing, far more important than the City and the People.

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DCC: Council meeting agenda and reports for 25 February 2013

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
South Dunedin Cycle Network

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DCC Draft Annual Plan 2013/14 – Aaron Hawkins on the money

“[Last year] What we didn’t see coming during the annual plan process was the DCC’S move to streamline its marketing budgets across all departments. Instead of the DPAG, for example, having a budget allocated to them for marketing their services, they would have to bid for access to that on a case-by-case basis.”

DPAG 16.1.13

### DScene 16 Jan 2013
Opinion – Aaron Hawkins
Council’s budget tactics queried (page 13)

New process restricts community’s chance to comment on marketing spend

Next week, the great bunfight that is the Dunedin City Council annual plan process begins. Given the DCC’s self-imposed limits on rates increases, as per the Long Term Plan adopted last year, there are always going to be hard decisions to be made. Financial resources are scarce and community demand tends only to increase. Last year in these pages I wrote that I was disappointed that the DCC had chosen to prioritise investment in sports infrastructure (Logan Park) over arts infrastructure (the Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s – DPAG – acquisitions budget). Given that the city’s finances are strained by building a sports stadium, I argued, this wasn’t a particularly good look. It seemed that plenty of people agreed with me and, largely due to the mobilisation of the arts community, the funding cuts to the DPAG were reversed and the Logan Park development was deferred. Glasses were charged and backs were patted but perhaps a little prematurely. What we didn’t see coming during the annual plan process was the DCC’s move to streamline its marketing budgets across all departments. Instead of the DPAG, for example, having a budget allocated to them for marketing their services, they would have to bid for access to that on a case-by-case basis.
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