$56.8 mil­lion world cup plan

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

A “WORLD-CLASS” pack­age of events for the Rugby World Cup 2011 has been given pro­vi­sional ap­proval by Auck­land City Coun­cil.

The plan is the most ex­pen­sive op­tion the coun­cil con­sid­ered, and in­cludes a large-scale pub­lic cel­e­bra­tion in the city and a cul­tural en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme.

Coun­cil­lors voted 14 to six in favour of the $35.8 mil­lion op­tion on Thurs­day.

It’s an in­di­ca­tion of what the coun­cil would spend on the tour­na­ment, but would have to be ap­proved in next year’s long-term plan.

“There’s not one dol­lar be­ing spent tonight,” said mayor John Banks.

“This is part of a propo­si­tion that has to go out to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, that has to have a ro­bust busi­ness case, and has to stand up to pub­lic scru­tiny.”

But in the mean­time pro­vi­sional bud­get de­tails have been kept con­fi­den­tial.

An amend­ment by coun­cil­lor Cathy Casey to move the re­port into the open part of the meet­ing was lost.

Dr Casey dis­missed the costly plan as “trim­mings” with no long-term ben­e­fit.

“It’s dress­ing up the city, and it goes away af­ter the world cup. This is $36m worth of win­dow dress­ing, and we should not be a party to it.”

Coun­cil­lor Denise Roche said the plan was all glitz and no sub­stance.

“This is a fur coat with no knick­ers,” she said.

But coun­cil­lor Greg Moyle, chair­man of the arts, cul­ture and re­cre­ation com­mit­tee that ear­lier ap­proved the plan, said it was a chance to show­case Auck­land.

“It be­hoves us to put our best foot for­ward,” he said.

If ap­proved next year, the op­tion would put the city’s world cup con­tri­bu­tion up to $56.8m, in­clud­ing $32m al­ready com­mit­ted for in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port and pub­lic space up­grades.

The plan, ti­tled “world class”, in­cludes en­ter­tain­ment draw­ing on the 20 com­pet­ing coun­tries, high­vis­i­bil­ity city in­stal­la­tions, and a pro­gramme to tar­get in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment.

That’s on top of ba­sic re­quire­ments of clean­ing, waste re­moval, traf­fic man­age­ment, and vis­i­tor and me­dia ser­vices.

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