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Commonwealth Games


Dunedin stadium plans advance

Monday 20 Apr 2009 12:00a.m.

Dunedin stadium plans advance

Plans for the controversial Otago Stadium moved forward today, despite an injunction hearing on Thursday that could derail the project.

The Dunedin City Council tonight voted to accept a construction contract from Hawkins Construction Ltd to complete the proposed stadium for $165.4 million.

After deliberating for more than eight hours today, the council voted 10 to four in favour of approving the contract.

The council also announced a $15 million funding shortfall would be met by the Government and that Mayor Peter Chin would meet Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully on Wednesday to discuss the details of the arrangement.

However, the plans for the stadium could be thrown into disarray on Thursday when the council will fight an interim injunction application brought by protest group Stop the Stadium.

The group filed an injunction notice in the High Court last week in a bid to stop the council from entering into a contract to build the proposed $198 million stadium.

It said the council should consult further with ratepayers, and that the stadium represented in the long-term plan draft was not substantially the same as that in the current annual plan.

Mayor Peter Chin said the council had agreed to defend the proceedings and instructed its chief executive to work with the council's legal advisers and, if appropriate, to instruct Queen's Counsel to represent them, the Otago Daily Times reported.

The High Court hearing will be held in Christchurch on Thursday.



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