Update & outline of main policies.
Richard Seager for Mayor and Council of the Dunedin City Council (DCC)
Some issues with the software here at the moment. I don't want to have to redo everything so first new update will probably be tomorrow, Saturday 21st September.
My focus is climate change adaption & resilience with a focus on small business, local farming and the finances of the DCC which look to me to be in a pretty unhealthy state;
- for a more independent Local Government
- Refinance the DCC Group debt down to 0% or better interest rates (currently available on market).
- Mothball any underperforming assets until such time as the population base supports them.
- No to the council financed bridge to the harbourside. Yes to support for private operators in this location who can decide whether to take the risks involved.
- Negotiation with central government on such items as roads, rail and other local assets not necessarily owned by local government.
- Move the hospital build to a more accessible and secure (against sea level rise risk) location.
- Increase Public Transport and take back ownership from private operators.
- Increase the cycling infrastructure to the standard seen in the Netherlands or Copenhagen.
- Reduce the use of cars, currently the highest in the world.
- Coastal resilience, pull back where needed, build where needed but don't overspend on a coast where the sea level will be rising for centuries to come.
- Community resilience, housing, living wage (which is nevertheless somewhat low) and encourage democratic involvement.
I suggest that even if you don't support me that you should not vote David Benson-Pope, Chris Staynes and Aaron Hawkins back to council. The city needs a vibrant democracy as we move forward towards a future that has many risks and in my view these three have clearly shown an inability to operate in such a democratic environment. They've also been there too long (Benson-Pope and Staynes) or are inexperienced (Hawkins who went straight from University to Council). They're also a 'team' and are making poor decisions (i.e. Harbourside, five star hotels).
A council led by me will also focus on other cities in the Pacific Rim rather than just Shanghai, and building relationships with these places. I have strong connections to Australia and elsewhere so this will definitely be part of my agenda. I will also focus on building better relationships with our immediate neighbours, Southland (the most underrated province in New Zealand) and Canterbury.