Shadbolt issues cheesy challenge
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is challenging other southern mayors to Rattle the Tin for Stadium Southland.
About 62 per cent of people who attended events at ILT Stadium Southland were from outside Invercargill and he believed they should also help with fundraising efforts.
He urged Southland District Mayor Gary Tong and Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks to ask their ratepayers to contribute and suggested the districts organise a series of challenges to raise funds.
"Perhaps we could start with a cheese roll competition."
All Southlanders should make a strong effort to help the stadium, he said.
Tong and Hicks said it was unlikely their ratepayers would be asked by the council to contribute. Hicks did not think they would "entertain the idea".
However, both mayors would be interested in helping with any fundraising events in their communities.
Rattling tins at rugby games had been suggested, Tong said.
They planned to meet Shadbolt to discuss his ideas.
"We will put our heads together and see what we can come up with," Hicks said.
Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said event participation at the stadium reflected the reach of the stadium, which was "well and truly beyond Invercargill".
The stadium had not received a great deal of financial support from the wider Southland community and now was a good opportunity to support it, he said.
The Stadium Trust has calculated that it still needs $5 million and is asking businesses and individuals from throughout Southland to take part in its Rattle the Tin fundraising campaign.
The Southland Times