As Dunedin city councillors consider spending for the
coming year, community board leaders hope small projects in
their areas are not overlooked.
Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall takes
a look around the Brighton Domain. The board and Dunedin
City Council have had ongoing discussions about maintenance
and improvements at the domain. Community board chairmen
are asking the council not to ditch their local projects in
an effort to save money. Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
While community board chairmen understand the need for the
Dunedin City Council to look at ways to save money, they are
asking the council to remember the needs of the smaller
communities in Dunedin.
Compared to large projects such as upgrades at the Tahuna
wastewater treatment plant or Toitu Otago Settlers Museum,
community boards are concerned about things such as
maintaining and improving roads, domains and vegetation, and
painting public toilets, which all have low costs.
Mayor Dave Cull said there would be projects within
communities that the council would not be able to find money
for, just as there would be for every council department and
other organisations in the city.
Increasingly, the council was looking at ways to partner with
community boards and other organisations to get projects
done, particularly when the project was local, Mr Cull said.
One way was for the council to buy materials through council
contracts at a lower cost for board projects, he said.
''I think everyone - and I include the council - has to be
prepared to think differently about how to get projects
Otago Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Garey
said before the council spent money on other projects in the
city, progress needed to continue on the Portobello and
Harington Point road-widening project, particularly further
out on the peninsula.
The project had already been delayed too long and more delays
would be unacceptable, as it was a matter of safety, Mrs
Chalmers Community Board chairman Steve Walker said he had
noticed a decrease in road maintenance and the sea wall from
Ravensbourne to Aramoana had been neglected.
''We hope it's not a trend that continues but it seems to be
a constant battle to get things through,'' he said.Last
month, the Dunedin City Council supplied the Waikouaiti Coast
Community Board with paint, brushes and rollers so community
members could paint a toilet block at the Warrington Reserve.
Board deputy chairman Alasdair Morrison said a lot of the
board's work was setting up joint ventures between community
members who wanted to do something and ''some department''
that had the materials to do it.
Mr Morrison said the board was happy with the level of
service from the council but wanted to make sure those levels
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather was
concerned the council would continue to defer projects that
were on the margins of a cost-benefit analysis.
''We understand the need to look at every dollar spent but it
is worrying when key projects like the resurfacing of
Riccarton Rd, which has budget of only about $100,000, ...
has been continually deferred.''
Mr Feather said he was hopeful money would be made available
for road improvements this year.
Kerbs and footpaths had been improved in the Saddle Hill
community during the past year, but some areas still needed
attention, Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott
Drainage at Brighton Domain had been an issue for years and
the board was looking at ways that did not solely rely on
funding from the council to fix that, he said.
Strath Taieri Community Board chairman Barry Williams said
the council usually served the community well, if not always
It looked like the council had set aside money to improve
George King Memorial Dr, which was one project that had been
It would cost about $100,000, Mr Williams said.
Major Dunedin City Council spending projects during the past
- Tahuna wastewater treatment plant upgrades
- Forsyth Barr Stadium*
- ToituO tago Settlers Museum redevelopment*
- Dunedin Centre and Town Hall redevelopment
- Regent Theatre upgrade*
- Blueskin Bay Library redevelopment*
- Logan Park redevelopment (Union St pavilion, cricket
wickets, development of Sport Centre in the old art gallery
building and moving Academy of Sport to stadium site,
extension of the University Oval cricket ground)*
- State Highway 88 realignment*
- St Ronans Rd to Marion St and Vauxhall to Burns Point
sections of the Portobello-Harington Point roadwidening.*
*Projects marked with an asterisk attracted external
funding from sources such as the NZTA, central government and
- by Tim Miller