No-one on Dunedin’s café circuit has a clue about the purpose of the StS public meeting. StS won’t elaborate on its press release about it. The StS email to members contained doomsday sentences. Public meeting = a complete mystery.
Was it a woe-is-us gathering, wringing hands in front of ‘Norma’ at Town Hall. Or girding of loins and muscle for action. What action – was it nice enough just to meet, chew the fat. Past-tense idea, all up. To Latin then: Rehash status quo ad nauseum.
Challenge to the local rag – run mock ‘citizens referendum’ in your entertainment pages before prophesied meeting.
Hmmm. What questions sell most papers.
1. Have you full confidence in your local councils’ handling of the stadium project? a) DCC Yes/No/Don’t know b) ORC Yes/No/Don’t know.
2. Want the stadium at any cost? Yes/No/Don’t know
3. Want to pay for boys club stadium via your rates. Yes/No/Don’t know
4. Sigh. Does Dunedin feel like a banana republic most days? Yes/No/Don’t know
5. If you live in Otago, is Dunedin the place for your dollars? Yes/No/Don’t know
6. No question. You can’t afford a seat at the stadium. Yes/Yes/Yes
Fill out the form provided with your responses and mail to PO Box ‘We are the citizens’ voice’; or email and text to… We’ll publish the results on Friday 27 March.
BTW. You answered in such numbers no public meeting is necessary. With your message of non support the Councils have struck the stadium off the books except to pay all outstanding bills to 31 March 2009.
Note: Councillors, your faithful servants, are hell-bent on restoring your confidence for period to the next local body elections. Not sure they’ll survive office, can but try. Sincere apologies for distress caused by run-away empire building tendencies and monopoly: “Won’t happen again”, they said.
Explanation: At What if? we dream.
[poster] “Admission Free. Donations Welcome.” Excuse us, donations to what, for what. Why.
People, open your eyes. Ask LOTS of questions.