Carisbrook history to be remembered at site

The historic turnstile building in Neville St, South Dunedin, will soon be all that is left of Carisbrook. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The historic turnstile building in Neville St, South Dunedin, will soon be all that is left of Carisbrook. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.

The House of Pain is almost reduced to rubble, but its past will be remembered, the Dunedin City Council has confirmed.

A park including the category-one listed Neville St turnstile building will feature information about Carisbrook's sporting heyday, council group manager economic development and property Robert Clark said, when contacted yesterday.

''It will reflect what Carisbrook was about and ... it will have some information on its history,'' Mr Clark said.

''We will work with HPT (New Zealand Historic Places Trust) to have something that will suitably reflect that.''

Once the former Carisbrook site was subdivided, the turnstile building and an adjacent 400sq m area would be turned into a ''pocket park''.

The building would be ''tidied up to a suitable standard'' and the public would have access to the area, he said.

The area was given back to the council following the sale of Carisbrook to Calder Stewart for $3.5 million.

Attempts yesterday to contact Calder Stewart and Southern Demolition, the company demolishing Carisbrook, were unsuccessful.

The definition of ironic...

....that the cause of its untimely and wasteful demise now want to now make some commemoration of it.   

Heritage destruction; economic sabotage

The lesson is: never underestimate the power of a few unscrupulous glory-seekers and their stakeholders. The photo above only shows the physical destruction of an iconic site of great cultural significance, but these people have shown the same wrecking-ball attitude towards the financial well-being of our city. Their dedication to creating an unaffordable memorial to their inflated egos is why they ignored the advice from some of the DCC staff and 78% of the renters and ratepayers of the city.

Their Forsyth Barr Stadium was promoted as an economic development project, but instead we get economic destruction due to the huge increase in DCC debt and because of the huge annual losses and costs of running their stadium. They are causing further economic damage because we are all suffering the effects of a reduced standard of living because of the DCC and ORC rates increases inflicted on us to pay for this giant mistake. The DCC's CEO's proposal to restructure DVL+DVML and hide some of the annual losses is cosmetic and will make no difference to the decades of financial hardship ahead of us.

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