Invercargill City Council and the Stadium Southland Trust will work together to rebuild
the Stadium Southland following the devastating events of the weekend.
Mayor Tim Shadbolt said Council met with representatives of the Southland Indoor
Leisure Centre Charitable Trust today to go over all the issues regarding the collapse
of the roof on Saturday due to an extreme dumping of snow, including looking
through all the Council files regarding the building of the stadium.
Mayor Shadbolt said the Trust had elected Chairman Acton Smith to be the
spokesperson regarding the stadium’s structural engineering issues and Stadium
Southland General Manager Nigel Skelt regarding stadium operations.
“Acton has informed us that a thorough, independent structural engineering review
by Invercargill engineer Graham Cole will be undertaken during the coming weeks to
ascertain the cause of the roof collapse and it will be some time before we know the
Mayor Shadbolt said Council staff informed those attending the meeting that when
the stadium construction was completed it was given a code compliance to the
building code standard at that time.
“Council’s focus is on rebuilding the stadium. This is the home of our Southern Steel
and Southland Sharks and is a much-loved facility in our community.”