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The Dunedin Amenities Society like any organisation takes a close look at the Annual Plan of the City Council each year and usually submits on the areas that the Society has the greatest interest or concern. The Annual Plan process seems an onerous one but ultimately, it’s an important one to participate in. This year the Society has concentrated on the success of the Town Belt Traverse in 2013 with a call… Read More

The blurred tones of “Auld Land Syne” seem a distant memory as we race through the second month of the 2013 year and settle back into the regular routines of our daily lives after the summer holiday period. For the Dunedin Amenities Society 2013 ushers in the reality that our organisation is to celebrate its 125th year of operation and that brings a further level of reflection for the coming year. To reach such a milestone… Read More

The launching of the Draft Long Term Plan (2012-2022) and the Annual Plan (2012-2013) by the Dunedin City Council is a continuation of a public process which envelopes the city, its ratepayers and many organisations over the coming months.  While the City Council prepares its programme for the coming financial year and beyond, there’s a degree of cynicism over the process when considering that many of the spending priorities are already in place. This begs the question how can… Read More

Image via Wikipedia The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote ” the surest sign that two people no longer speak the same language is that both say ironic things to one another but that neither senses the irony.“ If Nietzsche had been attending the Otago Regional Council Annual Plan hearings last week he would have seen how prophetic his words really were. The Society submitted that the Council’s failure to enforce the provisions of the… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society have been writing and presenting submissions to the City Council since 1888. While many people may question the validity of the Annual Plan process, the Society have always actively sought to put its views on a variety of issues to the Council. The only thing that groups like the Society can expect from the Annual Plan process is a fair hearing, and we like others took our turn… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society have a long association with the City’s coastline and in particular Ocean Beach Domain. The long running issue at John Wilson Drive has been one that the Society have commented on regularly and will keep a watching brief as the City goes into Annual Plan mode.  It has always been the Society’s position that the Drive should remain closed to vehicles and that the present placement of barriers on the… Read More

John Wilson Drive continues to polarize the Dunedin community between those who want the opportunity to enjoy the area free of vehicles and those who see the change in use as a form of selfishness. The interesting point is that the Drive has never really been closed to the public, except when construction work was being undertaken on the pipeline and it was hazardous for the public. It’s worth remembering  that John Wilson… Read More

There’s no doubt that the scrap yard along the motorway adjacent to the Oval is a work in progress. It’s hard to know whose work in progress it belongs too though. Is it the City Council’s District Plan for allowing this activity in the first instance? Perhaps it belongs to Transit for its lack of any vegetation on the adjacent area which fails to create any coherent screening from both visual and noise effects? Or is it the landowners at Everitt’s… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society has always recognised the importance and prestige for Dunedin in having an internationally acclaimed botanic gardens in our City. The Gardens and its staff  provide a standard of  excellence in Dunedin that is not found in many cities around the world. Importantly the gardens provides industry training that develops new generations of horticulturists and plant collection managers through the apprentices who study and train within its grounds. Sadly, that international recognition and reputation is neither valued or recognised  by the majority of Dunedin’s… Read More