4 May 2009

New court bid filed to stop Dunedin stadium

3:17 pm on 4 May 2009

A new attempt to stop the proposed Dunedin Stadium being built has been filed with the High Court.

Former Queenstown property developer Basil Walker has applied for a judicial review of funding for the $198 million stadium.

Mr Walker objects to the Otago Regional Council's $37 million contribution on the grounds that people who live more than four hours away from Dunedin would be paying for the project.

Regional council chief executive Graeme Martin is confident the council's processes are robust and describes the injunction application as a waste of time and ratepayers' money.

The case will be heard at the High Court in Dunedin on Wednesday.

On 24 April, the High Court in Christchurch dismissed a challenge to the project by the lobby group Stop the Stadium.