Important questions to ask about ORC’s plan
I MADE a submission to the consultation document believing ratepayers could help influence the Otago Regional Council’s 10year plan.
It appears there is no consultation as there has been no feedback on any submissions.
‘‘For our Future’’ showed that every option signalled increases in general and targeted rates and charges. This was because of greater auditing and controls on our lakes, rivers and farming in particular.
Given Dunedin City has a comprehensive empire that monitors its own regulatory policies, three waters and other environmental activities, why should a new regional council office have to be in Dunedin?
Also, 39% of the ORC’s budget is for public transport. Given that responsibility for buses etc is trending back to city councils, any planned new office should not necessarily need to provide for this. Queenstown is out of town as well.
Modern, reliable and fast broadband allows document transfers, skypetype conferencing and easy access to online files, making the need for large single head offices redundant. The ORC garners most of its rates and charges from the rural areas, between 70 and 80%.
It is logical that staff be located close to their areas of responsibility. A lower carbon footprint is desirable, as well as less vehicle use and better staff time onsite.
I ask that the council consult, as promised, and consider say:
1: Should a substantial satellite office be established in Central
2: Would this be more economical than a new building in Dunedin?
3: Does the ORC need an expensive innercity site as proposed?
4: Does the Dowling St site only add to innercity congestion and parking woes?
5: Should the ORC consult and decide needs, size and relevance to service delivery before settling on one building site?
6: Does having a building reserve account mean it has to be spent on new buildings? A rate stability account could be useful.
Cable car first
I AGREE with Neville McLay (ODT,
12.6.18). Get the cable car running again before building a bridge.
The city councillors have decided to build an expensive notraffic bridge, which will be good to look at. But just how many will use this bridge?
Many Dunedin residents were very upset and inconvenienced when the muchused and popular High St cable cars were removed 60 years ago.
This was a real loss to Mornington and to Dunedin. At present there are some farthinking and hardworking people who are endeavouring to get these cable cars up and running again — an asset for locals and tourists.
All residents and ratepayers should be given an opportunity to decide how best this $20 million should be spent — cable car or bridge?
I know which one I would choose. Bernice Armstrong
Family time affected
RECENTLY I have witnessed two incidents where mobile phones have affected family time.
The first was in a restaurant where a family sat down to have a meal. The kids’ iPads came out and the parents were absorbed with their phones while the grandparents sat not knowing where to look. Noone talked.
In the second incident, I was watching my granddaughter at her iceskating lesson in Christchurch. A young boy spent most of his class standing apart from the rest of his group staring up at his mother and grandmother sitting next to me.
He was willing them to look at him and give him some encouragement, but they didn’t know because they were engrossed in their phones. I wonder what the conversation was on the way home? J. Ball Dunedin