Board gives $4000 to Lyttelton

Jinty MacTavish
Jinty MacTavish
Dunedin's Otago Peninsula Community Board is to give nearly $4000 in surplus community funding to Lyttelton's community board, in a show of solidarity following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Councillors at this week's full Dunedin City Council meeting approved the unusual spending of the board's discretionary fund, which was usually distributed to community groups and projects within boards' individual areas.

Cr Jinty MacTavish said the board felt an affinity with Lyttelton because of their shared harbour lifestyle, and had surplus funding left over as the end of the financial year approached.

Only Cr Lee Vandervis voted against the move, saying the money should be spent within the board's area.

• A proposed new road name near the Forsyth Barr Stadium remains in doubt after the council missed a submission from a member of the public.

Council staff earlier this month recommended a series of new road names around the stadium be approved, after public submissions drew a muted response.

However, Cr Andrew Noone told this week's meeting one submission criticising the decision to rename part of Parry St as Gambia St had been missed, and would need to be considered before a final decision was made.

• An attempt to hand Dunedin's reins of power to Cr Lee Vandervis as acting deputy mayor for nine days next month fell flat at the meeting.

With Mayor Dave Cull and deputy mayor Chris Staynes both due in Shanghai next month, a report to the meeting recommended former deputy mayor Syd Brown as acting deputy mayor in their absence.

That prompted Cr Fliss Butcher to recommend Cr Vandervis instead, saying he deserved the council's "solidarity" on the basis of his showing in last year's mayoral race.

Mr Cull would not allow the amendment on procedural grounds, and councillors voted to accept Cr Brown.

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