Dialogue expected

Members of the public are likely to have another say on the best way to utilise the Forsyth Barr Stadium, it has been suggested.

The prospect was floated by Cr Richard Thomson at yesterday's finance committee meeting, in response to a call for public consultation on the stadium review's findings by ratepayers' advocate Lyndon Weggery.

Mr Weggery, speaking during the meeting's public forum, said the council had ''at least a moral obligation'' to consult over the review's findings.

The stadium had been ''foisted'' on the city, but was a reality now, and the review's findings would have a ''major'' impact on the council and the city, he believed.

''Now we have got it [the stadium], we have got to make it work,'' he said.

Cr Thomson, the committee chairman, said the council would be guided by rules governing consultation on significant decisions, but consultation was likely.

Mr Weggery is the former chairman of the now-defunct Dunedin Ratepayers and Householders' Association.

The findings of the stadium review are due to be made public next month.

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