Decision in month - Tulloch

20:34, Apr 02 2014

The future of Rugby Park will be known within the month, its boss says.

Southland Outdoor Stadium Trust chairman Ian (Inky) Tulloch said the decision would be released as soon as all the groups involved had taken the proposed solution back to their boards and councils to agree on.

He expected that process to be completed by the end of this month.

He was not being secretive, but simply giving groups time to consult with their boards and elected representatives, he said.

He remained tight-lipped on any of the details of the proposed solution.

Invercargill Licensing Trust chairman Alan Dennis said his board would be ready to meet again when the other parties were ready because its position had not changed.


Before Monday night's meeting to decide the future of Rugby Park, the licensing trust had been tipped to cover the $150,000 debt owed to Pacific Dawn Ltd, one of three creditors to whom the stadium trust owes money.

The trust also owes $750,000 to the Community Trust of Southland and $600,000 to Rugby Southland.

The licensing trust had contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to rugby in the south and it was limited in the funds it could give out, Dennis said.

He said it had "maxed out" on rugby.

Community trust chief executive John Prendergast said his board's next meeting was on April 17.

He would not comment further, but said he found Monday night's meeting to be positive.

Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King could not say whether the issue would be taken to the full council meeting on April 15, but said the councillors would be briefed soon.

He refused to comment further.


The Southland Times