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Branded cars, T-shirts, free pizza and face-to-face sessions with councillors are among efforts by the Dunedin City Council to improve its 10-year plan public consultation.
Councillors yesterday signed off on a consultation plan beginning in March, a plan developed as a response to questions asked of the public in recent years about how they want to be consulted.
People wanted face-to-face meetings with staff and councillors, consultation in busy areas of town, and ensuring all residents could be heard.
Suggestions for the council’s upcoming four-week consultation on its draft 10-year plan recommended that city councillors should spend 26 to 28 hours attending community events.
A drop-in space in the Octagon, consultation stands set up in popular areas in the city, and pizza nights in different neighbourhoods are some of the events planned.
Staff and councillors had the option of wearing branded T-shirts to make them easily identifiable and raise awareness of the 10-year plan, the report said.
Branded electric cars would also be parked outside some venues.
The report said the cost of the consultation was higher than in previous years.
New costs included radio advertising, advertising on the back of two buses and signwriting for two council electric cars.
Staff from a range of departments and councillors were encouraged to be involved and asked to prioritise consultation.
The report said the city council anticipated key themes raised during consultation might include housing, transport, affordability and sustainability, climate change and waste minimisation.
It was hoped the efforts would leave people feeling they were heard, well-informed and that the whole community had been given the chance to engage.