Rush of stadium use ideas

Dunedin City Council staff have some reading to do after a late rush of public suggestions on ways to make the most of Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Council policy analyst Tami Sergeant said 476 suggestions had been received by yesterday's 5pm deadline, up from 428 received by Tuesday.

The total received included 372 from the DCC's People's Panel, more than half of the panel's 625 members, while another 50 people used the council's website to make suggestions known to the council.

More than 200 organisations that had used the stadium since opening day last year had also been asked to contribute, resulting in 54 responses, she said.

"We are pleased with the number of people within the community who have contributed to the review, and we are looking forward to reading through the ideas and thoughts that people have put forward."

The call for public suggestions came from Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull last month, as the council grappled with ways to maximise community use of the stadium and turn around the financial fortunes of the company running it, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd.

A report on the results would be prepared for a meeting of the council's stadium review subcommittee, chaired by Mr Cull, on November 30.




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