Otago Daily Times

More facts sought by council

- GRANT MILLER

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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