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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Resourcing the implementation of Te Ao Tūroa – Our Natural World: Dunedin’s Environment Strategy

Background

Te Ao Tūroa – Our Natural World: Dunedin’s Environment Strategy was adopted by the Council on 23 May 2016.

Te Ao Tūroa is a city-wide strategy developed in close consultation with Kāi Tahu, a range of key city stakeholders, and the community. Currently the delivery of Te Ao Tūroa is overseen by a partnership which provides oversight on funding, managing, delivering and supporting the implementation of Te  Ao Tūroa.

The Annual Plan 2016/17 provided initial funding of $150,000 to kick-start delivery on the goals and objectives of Te Ao Tūroa.  To date, that funding has been used to:

  • employ a Policy Analyst - Environment Strategy to manage and coordinate the work programme for delivery of the Strategy goals (e.g. Compact of Mayors, Energy Plan activities, Biodiversity Fund);
  • establish an internal group of environmental staff across the Council;
  • undertake a stocktake of initial actions; and
  • design, publish and launch the Strategy document.

The funding for the remainder of the current financial year has been earmarked towards:

  • supporting town belt boost project;
  • supporting backyard biodiversity; and
  • establishing baseline data (initial actions set out in the adopted Strategy).

Some initial actions have been identified and a review of existing activities is proposed.  There is currently no funding dedicated to the delivery of Te Ao Tūroa in the draft Annual Plan 2017/18.

Options for funding the delivery of Te Ao Tūroa were provided to Council at the 23 January 2017 Council meeting. The Council resolved:

“That the Council That the Council, for the purposes of consultation and/or community engagement during the Draft Annual Plan process, seeks feedback on a level of resourcing for Te Ao Turoa of either:

  1. $150,000
  2. $200,000”

Options

Information about the two options is summarised in the table and text below. For further information about what the strategy will deliver, please see the strategy document. www.dunedin.govt.nz/teaoturoa

The following table summarises the two options:

Option 1: Funding of $150,000 in 2017/18 Option 2: Funding of $200,000 in 2017/18
Coordination and management of Te Ao Tūroa delivery activities across the Council and in partnership with the community and Te Ao Tūroa Partnership
Projects delivered:
  • Environment envoy
  • Working with landowners
  • Managing pests
Projects delivered:
  • Environment envoy
  • Working with landowners
  • Managing pests
  • City know how
  • State of the environment events and report
  • Te Ao Tūroa grants

Option 1: Council allocates $150,000 funding for the delivery of Te Ao Tūroa in the Annual Plan 2017/18

This funding will cover coordination and management of Te Ao Tūroa activities across the Council and in partnership with the community, as well as supporting projects such as: Environment envoy; working with landowners; and managing pests.

Advantages

  • Some initial Te Ao Tūroa actions and projects will be delivered.
  • Council would demonstrate a strong commitment to deliver on the goals and aspirations of Te Ao Tūroa.
  • Allows for Council and stakeholder activity to be aligned with Te Ao Turoa and investment leveraged.
  • Funds dedicated staff support for Te Ao Tūroa Partnership.

Disadvantages

  • Limited capacity for engagement with external stakeholders and Council activities in progressing the Strategy’s initial actions.

Option 2: Council allocates $200,000 for the delivery of Te Ao Tūroa in the Annual Plan 2017/18

This funding will cover coordination and management of Te Ao Tūroa activities across the Council and in partnership with the community, as well as supporting a wider range of projects (shown in the table above). These include: Environment envoy; working with landowners; managing pests; city know how;  state of the environment events and reports; and establish a grant to support Te Ao Tūroa environmental goals as part of the DCC community grants scheme.

Advantages

  • More Te Ao Tūroa initial actions and projects would be delivered, more quickly.
  • Council would demonstrate a stronger commitment to deliver on the goals and aspirations of Te Ao Tūroa.
  • Allows for Council and stakeholder activity to be aligned with Te Ao Turoa and investment leveraged.
  • There would be capacity to develop more relationships and work programmes with key city stakeholders to embed environmental goals.
  • Funds dedicated staff support for Te Ao Tūroa Partnership.

Disadvantages

  • Higher cost.

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