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The Brainstorming session for the Annual Plan Submission last week resulted with this list that SDC will be submitting as a community.  Please feel free to adapt and use what you like for your own submission. Below is also the link to do so.

Sustainable Dunedin City values the long term security of our planet and works to protect the environment through advocacy, workshops, education and collaboration.

We want Dunedin to be a zero waste carbon neutral, equitable and resilient city. We want members of our community to be happy, healthy and be able to access high quality key services that are currently substandard.

We encourage the DCC to be a fair employer( including contractors), a transparent organisation who engages with their community and a zero waste and energy efficient organisation.(2 points form each section that we want to prioritize for speaking to submission, 5 mins max then questions)

Transport

  1. We support the DCC having more control over the buses.

  2. We support higher frequency and accessibility of public transport.

  3. We support the DCC subsidising buses.

  4. We support a car free central city.

  5. We support the DCC introducing road user charges on fossil fuel powered vehicles.

  6. We support the DCC lobbying central government to amend the land transport and management act in order to transfer governance to the DCC, and to create the choice for local authorities to own their own public transport operators.

  7. We encourage the DCC to adopt and implement the GPS on land transport and prioritize active and public transport now rather than in the coming years.

  8. We support the DCC creating a free bus loop in the central city.

  9. We support the Queenstown model of public transport funding to be adopted, specifically using increased parking revenue to subsidise public transport fares.

  10. We support increased EV charging stations.

  11. We support the DCC to review tourism impacts such as cruise ships and bus tours on the local environment.

  12. We support the DCC implementing cycle ways and ongoing education for vehicle drivers and cyclists to enhance safety for lower carbon modes of transportation.

  13. We support the DCC to expand the bus fleet to cover a wider Dunedin area such as Waitati/Waikouaiti and Middlemarch.

  14. We support the DCC utilising more rail for passenger transport.

Recycling/Resource Recovery/Waste Minimisation

  1. We support a city upcycling centre and repair cafe.

    1. Assist community-based recycling, and facilitate the better disposal and upcycling of green waste.

    2. Including allowing community groups who pay rates such as churches to have access to yellow lidded recycling bins.

  2. We support the DCC providing compost and green-waste bins and continue to evaluate the efficacy and proliferation of these services.

  3. We support the DCC investing in community based waste management.

  4. We support the DCC providing more community recycling centres than currently budgeted.

  5. We support the DCC moving away from using black plastic rubbish bags.

  6. We support the DCC utilising recycled material solid bins instead of black plastic rubbish bags.

  7. We support the separation of recyclable material.

  8. We support the DCC upholding the zero waste status we have had since 1999.

  9. We support the DCC increasing city recycling and resource recovery centres and introducing a city compost programme.

  10. We support the DCC lobbying central government, local business such as supermarkets and those who are engaging in that sector to uphold Dunedin’s zero waste status.

  11. We support the DCC creating a local bylaw around removing single use disposable take away items in our city.

  12. We support the DCC engaging the community on this issue.

  13. We support the DCC to educate Dunedin Citizens on best practice in regards to waste management and minimisation with a goal towards zero waste practices.

  14. We support the DCC looking into innovative ways of reusing wasted resources such as plastic in roading infrastructure.

  15. We support the DCC to engage more business in services such as foodshare, rideshare and composting.

Staffing and Resources

  1. We support the DCC paying contractors a living wage.

  2. We support the DCC upholding Health & Safety practices for all contractors.

  3. We support the DCC investing in the local community and providing a Universal Basic Income.

  4. We support the DCC subsidising zero waste construction projects, including the proper sorting of construction waste.

  5. We support the DCC to engage local contractors to build the local economy.

  6. We support the DCC to use a social procurement strategy that encourages local business who are doing good for the local community, such as living wage employers and social enterprises.

  7. We support the DCC to lobby central government to do the same.

Health and Wellbeing

  1. We support improving local mental health infrastructure through investment in places such as Moana House and others and to talk to the SDHB to support funding EPS.

  2. We support the DCC investing in community mental health groups.

  3. We support increasing community gardens investment.

  4. We support more active transport options and outdoor gym areas in order to improve physical well being.

  5. We support the DCC to engage local groups in social connection such as sharing intergenerational knowledge, skills and time.

  6. We support the DCC to enhance the interaction of diverse communities.

  7. We support the DCC’s collaboration with local artists in all aspects of projects.

Wastewater/Stormwater

  1. We support the DCC prioritising natural wastewater systems.

  2. We support the DCC to implement stormwater catchment of rubbish.

  3. We support the DCC to implement long term solutions for better drainage systems.

Housing

  1. We support the DCC lobbying to increase housing standards.

  2. We support the DCC providing social housing.

  3. We support the DCC incentivising better housing through subsidisation of maintenance.

  4. We support the DCC prioritising education around healthy homes.

  5. We support the DCC reaching out to community groups and the wider community to engage on housing matters.

  6. We support the DCC being adequately staffed from a diverse range of groups.

  7. We support the DCC removing profit motives from investments.

  8. We support the DCC to subsidise retro fitting to energy efficient standards.

  9. We support the DCC to bring in Green Building strategies to be the new normal.

  10. We support the DCC to lobby central government to implement a change in housing standards to those of Green Building standards.

  11. We support the DCC reviewing and updating the resource consents around houses that will allow alternative sustainable ways of building and living ie off grid and tiny homes.

Community engagement and transparency

  1. We support the DCC engaging with Mana Whenua on all aspects of council.

  2. We support the DCC to shift “business as usual” to regenerative practices such as utilising frameworks like the Donut Economy designed by Kate Raworth.

  3. We support the DCC to identify mechanisms in which the DCC can transition to a circular economy without using fossil fuel based infrastructure and resources which are scarce.

  4. We support the DCC remunerating the significant work done by volunteer organisations around the city.

  5. We support the DCC to collaborate with local organisations and community groups on local projects.

  6. We support the DCC in reviewing the current consultation approach with the community to one which involves actively visiting diverse communities, and includes more time for the consultation process.

  7. We support the transparency of the DCC to create interactive council meetings utilising tools such as live streaming.

Climate change

  1. We support the DCC finalising the climate mitigation plan this year.

  2. We support the DCC creating and implementing work under the Compact of Mayors with implementation starting in the first quarter of 2020 regarding climate change and adaptation.

  3. We support the DCC adequately funding and resourcing policy teams tasked with climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    1. In addition to yearly carbon budgets for the DCC we request that the DCC publish a report examining what actions have been taken to mitigate and adapt to climate change and the efficacy of these actions, for the sake of transparency and accountability.

Adaptation

  1. We support adaptation planning being prioritized in Te Ao Turoa’s work plan.

  2. We support the community being engaged from this year on adaptation planning.

  3. We support DCC working with insurance companies to understand the risk posed to those who will not be able to afford insurance and will not be able to gain insurance in the near future.

  4. We support the DCC prioritizing infrastructure created out of materials that do not produce significant emissions ie not concrete.

  5. We support the DCC engaging with not only landlords and homeowners but renters in affected areas.

Nature and Biodiversity

  1. We support the DCC implementing their own recommendation to minimise the removal of trees.

  2. We support the DCC planting more native and productive trees around the city.

  3. We support inclusion of integrating trees and plants into the built environment eg, living walls, permaculture, community gardens, berms beautification and enhancing the Town Belt.

  4. We support the DCC in using their local government power to lobby against big polluters such as the oil and gas industries from operating in this region, and supporting adjacent councils to do the same.

  5. We support the DCC in lobbying central government to implement the same country wide.

Sustainable Dunedin City
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Vote on Monday 19 July: www.unpackit.org.nz

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/natural-burials-at-greenpark-cemetery

In line with increasing local and worldwide interest in natural burials, and in response to submissions to the 2010 Dunedin City Council Annual Plan, it is proposed that the Dunedin City Council include natural burials as a new burial option.

This is the first time this idea has been considered in Dunedin, so is really worth supporting. A member of the group who began this process has sent the following hints

“Following points are important.

1.That it is great that DDC is supportive of Natural burials as this is environmentally important with the body decomposing quickly and that indigenous trees are planted so the area returns to bush.

2. The plan states a minimum depth of 1 metre rather than the recommendation that the burial be not more than 1 metre deep. – An important error that needs pointing out.

3. The long term cost is very low compared with standard grave yards which need ongoing lawn mowing etc. So there should be no extra charge for Natural burials. The proposed protocol states an extra charge for the tree on the grave and importation of biologically active earth.”

Thursday 21st March
19:00    OUR RMA, NEW ZEALAND’S FUTURE

A public forum exploring the potential local impact of proposed changes to the Resource Management Act
Burns Hall, 415 Lower Moray Place, Dunedin
Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/events/493817020678468
All welcome.
The Government has announced proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. The RMA is a critical piece of legislation that helps our community manage outcomes for both our natural and built environment. Changes to this document will affect everyone, and the Government wants our feedback on their plans by 2nd April (http://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/reform/phase-two/2013-consultation.html).
Under the proposed reforms:
•         The protection given to landscapes, biodiversity, freshwater fisheries, heritage and recreation is likely to be reduced.
•         The ability for concerned or affected people to take part in RMA processes that affect them will be reduced in some areas, but increased in others.
•         Constructive central guidance and leadership is promised, but there are worrying proposals to remove decision making power from local councils.

Three experts will explain the potential impact of the proposed changes:
•         Rod Oram, political commentator (see also http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/8400307/Oram-A-naked-power-grab)
•         Maree Baker-Galloway, environmental lawyer
•         Eugenie Sage MP, former regional councillor and environmentalist

Key agencies have also been invited to offer their thoughts on the proposed changes, and respond to your questions:
•         Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council
•         Niall Watson, Fish and Game
•         Sue Maturin, Forest and Bird

DCC: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on:
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2nd Generation District Plan
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> Information and the consultation process for the 2nd Generation District Plan can be viewed in the 2nd Generation District Plan section. http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp
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>  ORC: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Consultation/
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>   Central Govt: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/

14 Feb: Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill


> 28 Feb: Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill


> 28 Feb: Resource Management Reform Bill>

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