Carisbrook Stadium Trust
chairman Malcolm Farry reiterated yesterday the stadium could
be finished in time for the Rugby World Cup, due to begin in
New Zealand in September 2011.
"All of our planning has been around a middle of 2011 finish
and we're still on track for that."
The funding announcement yesterday was "outstanding" and a
recognition by the Government of how important the stadium
was to Otago and how important Otago was to the country.
"I think people need to take some notice of the fact that
we've had the community trust have a look at it, we've had
the regional council have a look at it, we've had the city
council have a look at it, the Government's had a look at it
and all these people have come up with a positive response.
"Somebody, some time, is going to have to scratch their head
and say 'Hang on a minute, all these people in leadership
roles are putting all this time into it. Maybe they've got it
right, or surely they've got it right'."