The southern delegation fighting plans to downsize Invermay
will make its case to a group representing AgResearch's board
and management today.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, who is part of the delegation, said
the meeting in Dunedin this morning represented the ''first
opportunity'' for the regional grouping to make its case to
AgResearch against the loss of about 80 jobs at the facility.
AgResearch had previously presented its restructuring plans
to representatives of Dunedin City Council, but had declined
the opportunity to listen to the delegation's concerns.
''We will essentially be putting to them the view that their
proposal is laden with risk, both for the local economy and
the national economy.''
Mr Cull was unsure whether today's meeting could make a
difference to AgResearch's plans The southern delegation is
made up of representatives from the DCC, the Otago Regional
Council, Environment Southland, the University of Otago and
the private farming sector.
The group representing AgResearch is chairman Sam Robinson,
director of shared services and acting chief executive Andrew
McSweeney, director of partnerships and programmes Greg
Murison and board directors Mike Dunbier and John Loughlin.
An AgResearch spokesman said the group would also be meeting
''a variety of other stakeholders'' while in the region,
including former staff and farmers.
''It is incorrect that AgResearch has refused to meet with
local leaders or that they have not been offered briefings on
''Throughout this process, we have offered briefings to local
stakeholders and, up until the staff proposals were
delivered, there was very little take-up of these by local
councils,'' he said.