Cull hails Labour's promise

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has welcomed a promise of "meaningful urban renewal'' for South Dunedin.

Commenting on the Labour Party's new infrastructure plan for South Dunedin, Mr Cull said the Dunedin City Council would work with any government on the issue.

"We know there are challenges facing South Dunedin. The quality of housing in the area has long been a concern, there are increasing demands on our infrastructure, and groundwater levels are high and are predicted to rise even further.

"However, the people of South Dunedin are resilient. There is a great opportunity to turn these challenges into opportunities and meaningful urban renewal in the area would give confidence for future public and private investment,'' Mr Cull said.

On Sunday, as part of its broader housing announcement, Labour promised to prioritise an urban renewal master plan for South Dunedin if elected.

"While Dunedin doesn't face the same growth pressures as somewhere like Auckland, it does still have issues with supply due to old and relatively poor housing stock, particularly in areas such as South Dunedin,'' Mr Cull said.

"We have over 18,000 homes in our city not warm or dry enough to keep people healthy and comfortable at reasonable cost.

"Our city has set the ambitious goal of having everyone in Dunedin living in a warm and cosy home by 2025 and the DCC has a number of initiatives in place to help achieve that vision. However, we won't get there alone,'' Mr Cull said in a statement.

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