Dunedin's rates are set to rise by
10.3% for the next financial year after some last-minute
financial massaging brought the figure down from an
originally projected 12.9%.
Two of Dunedin's biggest projects have remained in the city
council's budget, with the Awatea St stadium surviving
another debate and the Dunedin Centre-Town Hall upgrade
possibly taking a new tack.
The future of heavy traffic routes through Mosgiel, the
subject of heated debate for at least a decade, will be
reviewed after estimated costs more than doubled.
Widely panned for vandalism of Dunedin's heritage, and
blocking what critics say is a vista that must be protected
The heavy hitters of the Town Hall extension debate came en
masse to the annual plan hearings committee yesterday,
clutching a list of names featuring the great and the good of
Dunedin society to back their cause.
The council has been asked to provide funding on two fronts
that would have a final destination at the Edgar Centre.
Dunedin's private gymnasiums are losing members and
struggling to attract new ones because of the lower prices at
the Moana Pool gymnasium, the committee heard.
If there has been one constant refrain from submitters to the
annual plan meeting in the last two days, it is concern about
the level of spending, and debt, to which the council is
The Otago Smokefree Group wants smoking banned in Dunedin's
playgrounds, but the idea did not appear popular with
This year's annual plan hearings came with massive doses of
déjà vu, as some well-worn arguments were trotted out about
some well-worn issues.
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