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The waiting continues as Dunedin seeks a multimillion-dollar slice of the Provincial Growth Fund to help pay for the city's waterfront development plan.
Dunedin City Council staff updated councillors on the project yesterday, but in the non-public part of an extraordinary council meeting.
Council staff were not able to comment late yesterday, as the meeting stretched into the evening, and other parties were also keeping their cards close to their chests.
A spokeswoman for Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones would only say no application had yet been received for ''formal consideration'' by ministers.
Provincial development unit staff - from within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - were still ''working through some details, including the level of investment being sought'', she said.
A PDU spokesman would not answer questions, except to say the unit was continuing to work with the council and
''a decision on this application will be made in due course''.
The Otago Daily Times has previously reported Dunedin was seeking $50million or more to pay for improvements to sea walls, earthworks and other work.
Private developers were understood to be keen if the initial site work was paid for, and the council and other major stakeholders - the University of Otago, Port Otago and Ngai Tahu, Damien van Brandenburg and businessman Ian Taylor - had signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the project.
It had initially been hoped an announcement might be made early in 2019, but the timeline has dragged since then.
Once officials have finished assessing the project, a report is expected to go to the PGF's independent advisory panel, which will make a recommendation to Cabinet for a final decision.