Talks on future of area

Key parties with a stake in Dunedin's waterfront are preparing to talk about the future.

The Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council and Port Otago have all signalled a willingness to discuss a more co-ordinated approach to the development of Dunedin's waterfront.

The push came after Cr Jinty MacTavish, chairwoman of the DCC's community and environment committee, studied Wellington's approach to its waterfront during a recent visit.

The capital had done ''a really beautiful job'', and the key was the creation of a cohesive body to co-ordinate development, she believed.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull backed the idea, saying the approaches adopted in Wellington and Auckland could be considered for Dunedin.

''I don't see why we can't have a role like that too.''

ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead said the councils already worked together ''on an as-needs basis'', but he would be ''happy'' to join any working group considering the waterfront's future.

He doubted a dedicated agency was needed, though, saying ''the scale of the opportunities in Dunedin cannot be compared with the likes of Auckland''.

Port Otago chief executive Geoff Plunket said he would also be ''happy to discuss'' any proposal with the DCC, although the company ''cannot really form a view'' without more information.

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