DVML works media/DCC to spend more ratepayer money

Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) has been testing the stadium sound system since February, and has discovered it is only working at 20% of what is needed.

Queries about the sound system were only some of a barrage of questions from Dunedin city councillors before they adopted the annual reports of DVML and Dunedin Venues Ltd this week.

### ODT Online Sat, 12 Oct 2013
Stadium PA fix up to $800,000
By Debbie Porteous
Permanently fixing problems with Forsyth Barr Stadium’s public address system would cost between $500,000 and $800,000.
DVML chief executive Darren Burden said the cost did not include permanently fixing sound issues with the wider auditorium, such as those experienced at concerts. They would continue to be addressed by temporary measures installed by promoters.
He said DVML had been working with acoustic engineers and sound system experts, including the company that installed the system. There were problems with the transmission of sound from microphones on the pitch to the sound box that delivered sound to speakers around the stadium.
The solutions, which ranged in price depending on what standard of sound delivery was wanted, involved improving the sound transmission from the field and installing more speakers around the stadium.
The cost of fixing it had to be dealt with internally by DVML.
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Darren Burden, DVML [odt.co.nz]Head in the Sand Award?
Cr Richard Thomson said he appreciated Mr Burden (pictured) might wonder why he bothered when faced with such a barrage of questions from councillors. ”But it is really important for the city that this delivers as much revenue as possible.” (via ODT)

Comment at ODT Online:

Who is accountable?
Submitted by russandbev on Sat, 12/10/2013 – 9:06am.

Just another example of the difference between reality and hype. Ratepayers have been assured since the building of this rugby stadium that the PA system was state of the art. Indeed, the hype from the Carisbrook Stadium Trust before the build indicated that it was even better than that. Now ratepayers are told that it will cost the best part of a million to get right for the most basic of requirements, and that the costs of running the stadium will rise. Who is being held accountable? Not those responsible for this ongoing shambles, but only the ratepayers.

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5 responses to “DVML works media/DCC to spend more ratepayer money

  1. Anonymous

    This feels like another example of someone milking the public coffers. Isn’t this the same group who got rid of a local provider? The same group who went with some shoddy Australian outfit? The same outfit that has questionable dealings elsewhere? Now they need – good god – another EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS for a bloody sound system. It feels like this interested party has wheedled their way in and then set the ball rolling towards a big pay day. It’s like this corrupt council is engaged in rescuing certain parties. You would think with the involvement of recent speculations by other council companies, the bloody councillors would pull their heads out of the sand and avoid placing them further at risk.

    Why do councillors not treat a million dollars like a MILLION DOLLARS?! They certainly wouldn’t treat their own bloody money like that. Businesses in the private sector would be raging to incur that oversight.

  2. Mike

    What’s this Bill Acklin suddenly discovering that he was duped? a little bit late I think

    • Russell Garbutt

      I had a meeting with Bill Acklin once and he assured me that the whole new rugby stadium cost to the ratepayers was less than $100m. When I asked him how he was so positive, he said that he had been told that. My assumption at the time was that this wondrous news was from some of his very pro-stadium Councillors. Thank goodness the City of Dunedin no longer has the benefit of Bill Acklin’s incredible governance skills – once more clearly demonstrated by his late realisation that some of the little pixies round the Council table were telling whoppers.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    Russell, “the whole new rugby stadium cost to the ratepayers was less than $100m” – did Bill mean “each”?

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