ODT Online comments, you have to laugh. Or cry.
At least note the mordant polarity.
By wingy1234 on Tue, 03/03/2009 – 6:37pm.
This is the greatest thing that has ever happened in Dunedin, Its awesome!!!
By Duke of Ban Phai on Tue, 03/03/2009 – 9:54pm.
I entirely agree. It’s the greatest mistake ever made in Dunedin, and the magnitude of the stupidity displayed by the DCC, ORC and the present Government is truly awesome.
### ODT Online Tue, 03/03/2009 – 12:41pm.
Comment by Graham Bishop
(an open letter to the Mayor of Dunedin)
(sent February 17, 2009)
Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would ever be necessary me to write to the Mayor of Dunedin in this way. I am appalled at the hubris you and your councillors have shown for the residential ratepayers of this fair city. You have treated them with disregard despite two very clear indications of the majority opinion.
Personally, I’m caught between some D words…
Daylight robbery of tax and rate payers and Disgusted.
No doubt Paul will see the latest funding announcement as pretty positive, to ease – as he might see it – the burden on ratepayers.
The burden is still VERY LARGE.
I DON’T accept this is ‘good news’ in any way.
CST has been let off the hook by the Government, no less – the fundraising CST was supposed to do was never real; the serious question of operational viability for any such stadium facility at Dunedin is patently NOT ANSWERED.
“We” have just shifted a ton of money into the Dunedin private set’s pockets. And plentiful other dollar notes will go to external contractors and consultants. Clever ‘old Dunedin’. Not one ounce of integrity.
Sick making politics. How bloody sad.
Let’s not ask ourselves where DCC’s $20m will come from. Can’t deal with any more EXPENSIVE news today.
I have to lie down.
Just heard on Radio Sport news that the $15m funding shortfall sought from the government has been approved. Yet another hurdle crossed.
For the life of me why central govt isn’t investing much more substantial figures than this is beyond me, although something called ideology will have a big part to play in that.
More soon when back at computer and not on the road.
“The Government will underwrite the $15 million Otago Stadium funding shortfall – securing the financial support of the Otago Regional Council.
Regional councillors voted 6-4 to commit funding to the project after being told of the development in a closed session at a meeting this morning.
Chairman Stephen Cairns told the meeting “the Crown was willing to underwrite the construction of the Awatea St stadium up to a maximum of $15 million”.
The council’s key $37.5 million contribution to the controversial $198m project hinged on a further $15 million being found from the Government or other sources to cover a shortfall in private sector funding.
Earlier story – Cairns gets crucial call
The deadline was yesterday, in time for a council meeting today.
Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry said from Wellington late yesterday afternoon the trust was “working around the clock” and was confident it would have “something for the regional council to consider”.
### ODT Online Tue, 3 Mar 2009
Stadium contracts questioned
By Mark Price
A Dunedin city councillor has suggested the amount of private funding for the new $198 million Otago Stadium has been boosted by “dummy contracts”.
### ODT Online Tue, 3 Mar 2009
Stadium: Cairns gets crucial call
By Mark Price
A confidential telephone call to Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Cairns yesterday may have delivered the help needed to get the Otago Stadium project over another critical funding hurdle.
Mr Cairns, who is in favour of the stadium, would not tell the Otago Daily Times who the call was from or what was said, but he appeared positive.
Just over a fortnight ago, the council confirmed its $37.5 million contribution to the $198 million-dollar project. One of its conditions was that it receive an “assurance acceptable to council” that $15 million from the Government or other sources had been found to cover a shortfall in private-sector funding.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
*Image: odt.co.nz – Stephen Cairns, ORC
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