Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has hit back at the Otago Chamber of
Commerce as being ''stuck in a smokestack industry time
He was commenting after the chamber criticised the Dunedin
City Council's draft transport strategy, saying it pushed a
''questionable agenda'' of sustainability while ignoring
major transport issues.
Mr Cull, in a post on his Facebook page yesterday, said: ''It
must be of concern when our local chamber of commerce does
not understand the legal requirements around what it is
commenting on, does not read the draft it is commenting on
and seems stuck in a smokestack industry time warp''.
''Is that really how Dunedin's business community want to be
''Chamber chief executive John Christie told the Otago
Daily Times that while the mayor was entitled to his
opinions, ''I don't think it is entirely accurate''.
He rejected the accusation the chamber was against
''We are a progressive organisation that reflects a
progressive business community ...
''I think we have a reasonably exciting and vibrant economic
base which is in need of a few positive things.''
The mayor's comments exacerbated the issue as ''we have been
trying to assist council to a better conclusion, a better
strategy'', he said.
The chamber's submission was researched and prepared by a
team of which submitter, Prof Herbert Harris, was just one
member, Mr Christie said.