Stadium sound on agenda

A fix to Forsyth Barr Stadium's troublesome public address system could be on the way.

Councillors will consider the venue's sound system in the non-public part of next week's long-term plan deliberations.

Mayor Dave Cull and Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive Terry Davies would not discuss the move yesterday, but the Otago Daily Times understands it relates to the stadium's PA system.

The ODT has previously reported solutions to the venue's sound problems were being sought, including improving the PA system.

Mr Davies, speaking late last year, said the cost of any fix was not yet known, although earlier estimates between $500,000 and $800,000 seemed ''high''.

The issue was among three changes for DVML to be considered next week.

The Regent Theatre Trust would also be stripped of its role selling tickets for the Dunedin Centre venues, including the town hall, a staff report to next week's meeting said.

The venues were already run by DVML, but an ''anomaly'' meant ticket sales were still handled by the trust, which DVML argued impeded its operations and its ability to attract events, the report said.

The trust's ticketing role would cease on July 1, costing it a revenue stream which was worth about $110,000 last year.

Instead, councillors would consider approving a $110,000 increase in grants to the trust, to compensate.

Councillors would also consider changing the way $750,000 in community access funding for the stadium was used.

The funding subsidised DVML for running community events at the stadium, rather than more profitable commercial ones.

In future, up to $150,000 of the fund could be allocated to the Dunedin Centre, enabling similar events at the town hall and Glenroy Auditorium, a report said.

chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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