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Browsing Posts published in March, 2012

Kia ora all, After sitting in many a meeting in Dunedin in the last 6 months and hearing group after group talk about lignite, and ask “what can we do about this?”, I have decided it is time to bring us all together! So therefore I am sending this to representatives of Generation Zero, Students for Environmental Action (SEA), Southern Anti-Coal Action (SACA), Sustainable Dunedin City (SDC),  and the Green Party.I am asking you all to join together for a cross-groups discussion on the lignite campaign and where we all fit in. I believe that if we take a coordinated approach and each find our niche, we will be able to far more effectively campaign on this issue in Dunedin, which I believe is a highly important strategic location.                                                                                                                                                                                      I would like to propose 7pm Wednesday 16th April. Please respond with an indication of whether somebody from your group/network will be able to make it along at this time. I will find an experienced facilitator to run the meeting, and if anyone has anything in particular that they would like to see on the agenda, please contact me. Also, if there are any groups or individuals that I have missed who you feel should be invited to this, please pass this information on. Thank you, I look forward to seeing what this meeting can achieve!!
Tarsh Turner

The Macandrew Bay Sustainable Group is holding its Collinswood Reserve Weeding event on Saturday 24th March. Meet at the style on Howard Street at 10am or if you know where to go come on up to the reserve some time after that.

Bring your gardening gloves and digging utensils. You may also like to bring some lunch to have a picnic. Don’t forget your hats and sunscreen if it is a sunny day and warm clothes if it is slightly cooler. The event will be called off if it is raining.

Kids are welcome.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact: —
Virginia Driver

This fund supports events which of primary benefit to Dunedin residents.  There are two funding rounds a year; applications closing in March for events held after 1 June, and in September for events held after 1 December.  Grants are for up to $5000.

It is preferred that organisations are incorporated societies or trusts, but applications from individuals or commercial organisations will be considered.

The first funding round closes at 5pm, 30 March 2012.

Application forms and criteria are at

These are for groups providing activities and facilities for that serve the social, educational, cultural and environmental well-being of the community.

It is preferable that the organisations are incorporated societies or trusts but informal organisations may apply.  There are two funding rounds, in March and September.

Most grants are between $500 and $2,000, although occasionally larger grants are made. As the DCC is a complementary rather than a primary funder, priority is given to organisations that have sought other sources of funding first. Only one application for one project per year will be accepted.  It’s a good idea to talk to the DCC’s Community Advisors before you lodge your application, as they will be able to help you decide which part of your project is eligible.

The first funding round closes at 5pm, 30 March 2012.

Application forms and criteria are at

Biodiversity Funding

The Dunedin Biodiversity Fund was established in August 2007. The purpose of this fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity.

Projects that have received funding include planting, fencing and weed and pest control. Funding is allocated over two rounds in April and September, with $30,000 available in each round.

The first funding round closes at 5pm, 30 April 2012.

Application forms and Fund criteria are at

Draft Long Term Plan 2012/13 -2021/22 and Annual Plan 2012/13

The Draft Long Term Plan 2012/13 -2021/22 sets out the Council’s financial strategy of the next ten years and contains information on the changes the Council plans to make to achieve this strategy, the projects that the Council intends to complete and financial information including draft budgets, funding sources and changes to rates. The Draft Long term Plan 2012/13 -2021/22 also contains the annual plan for the 2012/13 year with information on fees and charges and council grants that are planned for the 2012/13 year.

The consultation period is your opportunity to “Have Your Say” about what you want to see included in the Council’s plans. This year the submission form includes a questionnaire about the choices the Council has made to reduce overall rates increases. Have we made the right choices?

Submissions close at 5pm, 17 April 2012.

Submission forms, details of public meetings, and Long Term Plan documentation are all at

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