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John Montgomery: The Economy, Culture and Design of Cities

Dunedin City Council hosted a public lecture by Dr John Montgomery at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery last Friday (16 September).

Dr Montgomery provided a presentation [PDF, 5.94 MB] on the economy, culture and design of cities, building on his work in the UK and Australia. His views are particularly relevant for the development of Dunedin’s Central City Plan and Economic Development strategies.

John Montgomery is an urban planner, economist, author and managing director of Urban Cultures Ltd.

Urban Cultures consults in urban economics, city planning, urban design, arts-led urban revitalisation and managing the night-time city.

More on John Montgomery at Idealog.

Your City Our Future (YCOF) – Update

Dunedin City Council undertook a city-wide consultation in June 2011 to identify priorities for future expenditure. The results from the consultation survey are available here: YCOF survey report July 2011

The information and feedback received from the consultation, along with the feedback from the YCOF leadership teams has been used in the development of the Council’s draft spatial plan, “Dunedin Towards 2050”, draft Central City Plan, and draft Economic Development Strategy.

Formal consultation on these documents is planned for October/November 2011.

Find additional information on the development of the Council’s Central City Plan here: www.dunedin.govt.nz/centralcityplan

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Your City What Future $$$$$$$$$$ ? (broke Council means corporatising OUR water doesn’t it)

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

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.

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### 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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Better consultation…

In the past few years, there has been increasing criticism of the council’s consultation process.

### ODT Online Mon, 3 Jan 2011
Dialogue before decisions: Cull
By David Loughrey
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says while he will not be introducing ”radical” changes to consultation, he wants the council to get more well-informed input before issues get to the decision stage.
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The following list in no way alludes to all of the DCC consultation processes undertaken in 2010. Residents might well be overwhelmed by ongoing ‘consultation’ across the raft of issues and programmes led by the Council – how much time and thinking should members of the public realistically volunteer to city hall? Should the Council streamline the nature of its business and involvements for good governance and cost saving? Maybe radical change is needed, Mayor Cull. The more fresh air, the better.

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10.6.10 DCC Media Release – Consulting on…digital communication strategy
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21.3.10 DCC Draft Annual Plan 2010/11

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Your City Our Future – call for community feedback and suggestions

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Your City, Our Future – Have Your Say

This item was published on 20 Dec 2010.

The Dunedin City Council is planning the third stage of the Your City Our Future (YCOF) community engagement programme.

The first stage was the Futures Forum held in July 2010 when more than 200 stakeholders met to discuss the future direction of the city. The second stage involved nine leadership teams, made up of key community leaders and stakeholders, meeting regularly to discuss the future direction of the city.

Mayor Dave Cull says, “This programme provides a holistic vision for the city and it is important that the community plays an active part in creating that vision. ” I’m pleased that in my new role as Mayor, I have the opportunity to build on the work that has been done to date, and help shape Dunedin into the city its community wants it to be.”

To this end, the DCC is inviting the community to provide input into the YCOF programme. From this week, Dunedin residents will be able to offer feedback and suggestions on the Your City Our Future project at www.dunedin.govt.nz/ycof. The DCC has made the project available online to engage as wide a cross-section of the community as possible.

DCC Corporate Policy Manager, Nicola Johnston says, “We want to make this process as open and accessible as we can. We have had extremely good feedback from the leadership teams, with 96% enthusiastic about continuing to be part of the process and placing the information on the website with the feedback form allows us to gather a more informal perspective.”

The YCOF programme seeks to ensure a co-ordinated approach for community input into visioning and futures thinking in:

* Community Outcomes – refresh the Community Plan vision and outcomes;
* City Development Strategy – an integrated strategy for Dunedin’s urban development over the next 30 years, including a Spatial Plan; and
* Sustainability Framework.

The YCOF process was developed based on the strategic consultation process undertaken in 2001/02 – ‘Choices for the Future – 2021’ on which Dunedin city’s original Community Plan was based.

Contact Nicola Johnston or Tami Sargeant on 474 3327.

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