The following relates to the use of ratepayer funds by Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust (CSCT) to investigate options for Carisbrook (read marketing and project management spend).
Over $67,000 was spent just in the last 3 months of 2007 with one Auckland marketing business. Arrow International project management took $2.6+ million over the same 3 months.
This is Dunedin City Council’s breakdown of the CST costs in reply to a Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) request made by Bev Butler:
Investigation Costs Stadium LGOIMA (PDF, 112 KB)
The council response has been circulated to Councillors, with the addition of comments from Acting Chief Executive Athol Stephens, to give some context for the figures:
“From October 2006 to April 2009 there is nearly $17.4 million of expenditure. All of these costs are included in the total construction costs of the Stadium of $198m.
The pattern of expenditure starts with formation of the CSCT, development of the concept (mostly under Arrow International’s supervision), investigation by Horwath of the financial viability, peer reviews of the same, acquiring the land, marketing of the concept and applying for the district plan change to permit the activity.
From September/October 2008, design development begins in earnest. Design engineering and architectural firms such as Jasmax, HOK, Connell Wagner, Holmes Fire and Safety, SSDM (Sports Surface Design and Management), Rawlinsons, Hawkins and SKM (Sinclair Knight Mertz) and other smaller engineering and architectural firms begin to appear.
In March 2009 the Council decided that the feasibility of the project had been established and signed a constructuion contract with Hawkins Construction Limited on 27 April 2009. The list of expenses attached brings the Council, by and large, to the point where design, cost and operating viability has been established and actual construction can begin. All these costs have been included in in the total cost of the Stadium.
The Trust costs are salaries and wages, communications, advertising, events, commissions, legal services, consultant retainer expenses, marketing, sale campaigns, motor vehicle, travel and communication expenses. These expenses were advanced to CSCT in equal instalments against a council approved budget. Audit New Zealand carried out an audit of the expenditure approval processes.”
Two minute extracts were also provided to Councillors for background:
The information is in public domain.
Files and comments supplied by anonymous source.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr