From: Stop the Stadium [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, 26 March 2009 7:10 a.m.
Subject: Reminder: Town Hall Public Meeting 7pm this Sunday. Be there!
Dear STS Members
A reminder to attend the Town Hall meeting on Sunday night.
The reaction of Chin, Farry, and Co to this meeting shows very clearly that the stadium is far from being a done deal. One of our speakers – Environment Southland CEO, Ciaran Keogh – was obliged to withdraw after Dunedin mayor, Peter Chin, contacted Ciaran’s boss in Invercargill. Most of our other speakers have also been pressured to withdraw, although none of them intends to.
That the stadium-pushers have resorted to such coercive tactics demonstrates that, far from being a done deal, the stadium project remains uncertain and, as more negative information surfaces, highly vulnerable.
Now is not the time to be apathetic. The stadium can still be stopped, and the best way to ensure this is to attend the Town Hall meeting.
The DCC and ORC have, so far, ignored every demonstration and public survey showing the clear wishes of Dunedin’s people. Malcolm Farry continuously denigrates the only scientifically-conducted survey so far carried out – which showed almost 80% against the stadium. The ODT has grossly underestimated the number of people at both Stop the Stadium marches, and continues to present an extremely biased picture of the stadium debate. And the Carisbrook Stadium Trust has access to a bottomless purse (of ratepayers money) to broadcast its propaganda.
Despite all this, and the endless ignorance of a majority of our city and regional councillors, there is still no guaranteed maximum price, hardly any private funding, and a troubling host of questions surrounding the feasibility of the project. (No foundations, numerous “escape clauses”, dubious contracts for “products”). This is why the Chin/Farry crowd are so keen to torpedo the public meeting.
It is up to you to defeat their efforts. The meeting will go ahead as planned, with Sukhi Turner, Mike Stedman, Alistair Broad, Rob Hamlin, Gerry Eckhoff, Dougal Stevenson, and Dave Cull giving the lie to the so-called “vision” touted by the snake-oil salesmen behind the stadium.
The DCC – ORC have been able to belittle and set aside all evidence of public opposition so far. They will not be able to ignore a Town Hall full of concerned and responsible citizens, addressed by speakers of such calibre. But the hall must be packed – half-full won’t do.
This may well be the last major effort required of stadium opponents. Let us not stumble at this ultimate test. Tell people about the meeting. Phone around; distribute leaflets, and, above all, be there on Sunday evening for seven o’clock.
Bev Butler, for Stop the Stadium.