Otago Daily Times

More facts sought by coun­cil

- GRANT MILLER Dunedin · University of Otago · Otago Region · Otago Polytechnic

DUNEDIN coun­cil­lors want more in­for­ma­tion be­fore they de­cide whether ideas from a brain­storm­ing event are worth back­ing to the tune of $160,000.

The mer­its of al­lo­cat­ing the sum were de­bated at a Dunedin City Coun­cil meet­ing this week, but coun­cil­lors de­cided they did not yet know enough about the lead­ing projects to make a call.

Three projects from the Great

Dunedin Brain­storm had been put for­ward to re­ceive money from the coun­cil’s Covid­19 Sup­port Fund.

One, led by a Univer­sity of Otago lec­turer, was de­signed to im­prove di­ver­sity in the con­struc­tion work­force.

An­other would sup­port de­vel­op­ment of film projects.

A third, led by Otago Polytech­nic staff, would tar­get ter­tiary grad­u­ates whose im­me­di­ate plans had been dis­rupted by Covid­19.

Coun­cil­lors were told this would in­clude ‘‘de­vel­op­ment of the soft skills im­por­tant for fu­ture em­ploy­ment, and the cre­ation of a sense of pur­pose in un­cer­tain times through en­gage­ment with the wider com­mu­nity’’.

Lack of de­tail about the projects prompted coun­cil­lors to post­pone fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion of whether they were wor­thy of ratepayer fund­ing.

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