The Otago Regional Council will not be funding the
$300,000 of work the Dunedin City Council believes is needed
before it makes a decision on taking over the city's public bus
Senior management from the two organisations met briefly
yesterday to discuss the city councillors' decision at annual
plan deliberations on Thursday that the $300,000 cost of
studying the transfer should be covered by the transport
reserve fund held by the regional council.
Regional council chief executive Peter Bodeker said after the
meeting the regional council would not be providing funding
out of the reserve.
''It can't be used for that.
''It's collected from rates for providing bus services and
capital improvements, not doing an evaluation.''
Instead, the regional council offered its specialist
transport staff ''in kind'' to ''sit inside the DCC and do
the due diligence''.
''That would be the most cost-effective.''
The regional council wanted the best service for the
public and as smooth a transition as possible if the transfer
went ahead, he said.
''We want the DCC to make the best decision it can.''
It was now up to the city council as to what choice to make.
Regional council chairman Stephen Woodhead said the $300,000
proposed to investigate the transfer did ''sound like a lot
The regional council had very knowledgeable staff who would
be able to help the city council understand the public
''If there is a transfer, we want to work as close as we can
with city to ensure they are able to pick up operation and
continue to run it in a smooth transition.
''I'm not sure how much consultancy work is needed to ensure
Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose said she
would brief councillors about the meeting on Monday morning
during annual plan deliberations.
''We had a good discussion.''
DCC infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery
said the city council would continue its talks with the
regional council and also talk to the New Zealand Transport
Agency about possible assistance for the transfer work.