As received this morning by What if?…
[Environment Southland letterhead]
CEO’s Stadium Comments Made in Private Capacity
Comments by Environment Southland Chief Executive Ciaran Keogh about the proposed stadium in Dunedin have been made in his private capacity as an individual and an Otago ratepayer, Environment Southland Chairman Stuart Collie said today.
The Otago Daily Times published an opinion piece by Mr Keogh about the proposed stadium development earlier this month. Mr Keogh had also been invited to take part in a public debate in Dunedin on Sunday, but has decided to withdraw.
Mr Collie said that the media had linked Mr Keogh with Environment Southland in relation to the stadium debate but that Mr Keogh had never purported to be commenting in his capacity as Chief Executive and had made it clear that he was expressing personal opinions.
“Environment Southland has not discussed the proposed stadium or its funding and our council has no official position one way or the other on the issue. It is not for this Council to comment on developments in a neighbouring region and Ciaran has never suggested that his comments were in any way reflective of this Council’s position,” Mr Collie said.
Mr Keogh said while he had expressed his own views in regard to the stadium debate, some had been unable to separate his personal opinions from his official position and to avoid any ambiguity, he had decided not to attend the meeting in Dunedin on Sunday.
20 March 2009
Contact Stuart Collie for further comment, 03 211 5115