It would take about $15,000 a year and a person working one
day a week to enable a more co-ordinated approach to ensuring
the adaptability of Dunedin's food supply, Dunedin City
Council staff say.
Following extensive work by the council's community
resilience forum last year, the council noted in December
food was a strategic opportunity for Dunedin and there was a
need to improve its food supply resilience.
It also asked for a staff report in time for this week's
annual plan discussions outlining what it would cost to have
a more co-ordinated internal approach to food-related matters
and engage with city stakeholders on the challenges, risks
and opportunities in the city's food supply.
A report from the council's corporate policy team leader
Maria Alieno said a number of departments interacted with
food in some way, from business support to planning to
protect high-quality soils.
Their activities were quite separate and co-ordinating them
would require staff resource, as would engaging with external
It should take a person about one day a week and could be
done by existing staff from about October, but if the council
wished the work to start earlier, a person would need to be
A small budget, of about $15,000, would allow the stakeholder
engagement to happen and be available to support community
initiatives and research projects that would support the
Councillors have been asked to consider during their annual
plan discussions this week four options: using existing staff
resources; using existing staff resources with a new budget;
employing a new person for one day a week; or employing
someone and allocating a small budget.