At least one Dunedin community board has a firm position
regarding what the Dunedin City Council should spend any extra
Chairman Gerard Collings said the Waikouaiti Community
Board's opinion was the council must directly contribute
extra savings to debt, and they must not be ''subverted'' to
an events fund for the stadium or other discretionary
The board had no issue with money going to stadium debt, but
had significant concerns if it was put into an events fund
marketing programme that was speculative with regards to a
return to service debt, Mr Collings said.
The city's five community board chairmen and one chairwoman
brought their board's priority issues to councillors during
pre-draft annual plan discussions in Dunedin yesterday.
Most said they understood the council's budget was tight and
brought somewhat constrained wish lists to the table.
Many boards placed emphasis on the need to maintain their
existing facilities and services and not have them reduced or
allowed to degrade, and urged councillors not to take away
their $10,000 discretionary funds.
Chalmers Community Board chairwoman Jan Tucker said her board
was most concerned about keeping up maintenance of its
existing facilities, for example tracks and seawalls. A
toilet at St Leonards for users of the shared path was also a
Progressing new aquatic facilities was the issue that stood
out for the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board, chairman Bill
The community was waiting for direction from the council
regarding what it wanted to do, so it could play its part in
fundraising for the facility.
The other pressing issue was problems with flooding in the
town centre, and it asked for direction from the council to
bring it to the table as a priority.
''We can't continue to grow our town without ensuring the
centre of our town is high and dry and that moment that is
not the case. I really urge you to look at the work that
needs to be done in respect of the infrastructure that
supports the centre of town.''
John Bellamy, of the Otago Peninsula Community Board, said
Portobello Rd was always the board's first priority, and the
board was pleased further work was going to happen this year,
however Te Rauone was a more important issue at the moment.
He urged the council to support Port Otago's plan to install
a groyne to protect the beach at Te Rauone, and contribute
$80,000 to $90,000 for the groyne's installation, which would
protect the public reserve from further erosion.
''It is a critical issue. It should be considered very
seriously because we don't know how long this offer is going
to be on the table for.''
The Saddle Hill Community Board would like to see rural road
sealing put back into the annual plan, as well as work on
footpath and layby installation in the board's area
prioritised, chairman Keith McFadyen said.
Strath-Taieri Community Board chairman Barry Williams said
his board wanted what it had to be maintained, not reduced.
His board's main frustration with the council was the time it
took to get simple things remedied.
Mr Collings said his board was also opposed to a proposed
increase in landfill charges, as it might result in illegal
rubbish dumping, and asked that adequate funding be set aside
for ongoing management of reserves and coastal areas, and to
prevent further degradation of the Mt Watkin reserve.