The DCC cannot afford to be ''profligate'' when attention
turns to its next budget later this week, despite staff
trimming millions of dollars of spending to cut the forecast
rates increase to just 2.5%, Mayor Dave Cull says.
More people are battling alcoholism, but more are also
seeking help, as acknowledgement of alcohol's destructive
power spreads, the organiser of an Alcoholics Anonymous
national convention held in Dunedin says.
The amount of fluoride being added to Dunedin's drinking
water is regularly dropping below Ministry of Health
guidelines, following a Dunedin City Council decision to
lower the dose, it has been confirmed.
The Dunedin City Council has not followed through with a plan
to seek specialist advice from the Ministry of Health on
continued water fluoridation, despite councillors admitting
they could not decide the issue without it.