Draft Annual Plan: DCC Delivering on Plans, Says Hawkins

Mayor Aaron Hawkins believes Dunedin City Council is on the right track as it prepares to consider its draft 2022/23 annual plan next week.

It’s Year 2 of the current 10-year plan, and DCC was “working hard to control costs while advancing an ambitious capital program.”

“We are doing what we said we would do – modernizing our aging infrastructure across the city, as we progress on key projects such as the new curbside collection system, the upgrade of George St and a new Mosgiel swimming pool.”

The draft plan includes a proposal to increase tariffs by 6.5%, lower than the 7% provided for in the ten-year plan.

“The budget includes a $5.5 million dividend from Dunedin City Holdings, the first in recent years. This marks a positive turning point for the organization and for the city.

Few changes are proposed to the council’s capital budgets, but a report asks the council to consider speeding up the Mosgiel-Caversham tunnels trail, which would involve opening up the tunnels and creating parking facilities relay at Mosgiel and Burnside.

The non-budget reports cover a range of interesting topics and all show how much work has gone into engaging with our community to find constructive results, Hawkins said.

They include proposals for an indoor cricket facility at no cost to the council; options for developing Dunedin’s destination playgrounds; and a plan for the Sims Building in Port Chalmers.

The proposed budget also includes appropriations for additional staff needed to carry out the board’s work program.

“Our community has been clear in its aspirations for the city, and these new employees are needed to make those wishes come true. If we want to get things done, we need people to do it.

“It promises to be a busy meeting,” Mr. Hawkins said.

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