The chairman of the Dunedin City Council's aquatic
facilities working party says questions will be asked after the
estimated cost of a new Mosgiel swimming pool complex jumped by
more than 50% to $18 million.
Cr Colin Weatherall said yesterday he was ''somewhat
surprised'' by the figures in a council report to be
considered during the 2013-14 pre-draft annual plan meetings
The report concluded the complex would cost $18 million, not
the $11.5 million estimated by the working party last year.
That meant a more modest Moana Pool upgrade - spending $3.9
million to add a new 25m x 25m pool - was now the most
cost-effective option, the report said.
However, pressure on parking at Moana Pool also needed to be
addressed. One option was to convert council-owned Roberts
Park football field, located above the pool, into a parking
space for 150 vehicles, at a cost of nearly $1 million, the
Another option would be to realign existing pool parking,
creating an extra 70 spaces, at a cost of $300,000.
The introduction of parking charges should also be
investigated. The report by council survey administrator Anne
Gray was the latest step in a long-running review of the
city's aquatic facilities which began in 2010.
The review aimed to address significant congestion at
Moana Pool and Mosgiel's existing community pool.
The working party last year identified a $11.5 million
swimming complex at Mosgiel as the best option to pursue in
''three to five years'', followed by a $13.2 million upgrade
of Moana Pool in 10-15 years.
The cost of the Moana Pool option included a new lane pool
and a $8 million car-parking building.
Councillors last year decided to delay any decision for a
year, allowing staff more time to investigate the options.
That led to the latest report, made public this week, in
which all trace of a $13.2 million upgrade of Moana Pool had
Instead, the report said adding a new 25m pool at Moana Pool
would ''address most of the capacity constraints'', catering
for an extra 100,000 visitors each year, and be the most
However, it would not address problems at Mosgiel's existing
pool and would require the relocation of the Moana Pool
The estimated $3.9 million cost involved would cover removal
of the hydroslide, but not reassembling it in a new location,
the report added.
Four options for Mosgiel were also canvassed, ranging from
doing nothing, which would still cost $1.1 million in
maintenance over 10 years, to the new $18 million complex.
Option two would mean $2.25 million spent improving heating,
insulation and changing room facilities to allow year-round
use of the existing Mosgiel pool.
Option three would result in $5.9 million spent building a 25
x 25m pool, open year-round, on a new site in Mosgiel.
However, those options would not sufficiently address space
shortages and likely future demand issues within Mosgiel, the
An $18 million complex would, and ''into the distant
future'', but would also have the greatest impact on rates
and would not address problems at Moana Pool, the report
The Mosgiel complex, if built, would include three pools, a
leisure pool, spa and sauna, built on a new site, requiring
extra staff and catering for up to 75,000 extra visitors each
Cr Weatherall said yesterday the working party had not had
any input on the report, and ''it would be fair to expect
some questions'' during the budget meetings. He was at a loss
to explain the large increase in the estimated cost of a new
Mosgiel pool, or the more modest $3.9 million price tag now
attached to a Moana Pool upgrade.
The staff report said a review of the working party's results
had ''identified a number of potential errors and
discrepancies that needed to be resolved''.
Council operations general manager Tony Avery said the
estimated cost of the Mosgiel complex had been increased
after staff examined the costs involved in other pools built
recently in New Zealand, including Timaru.
The cost of upgrading Moana Pool had dropped mainly because
plans for a parking building ''just can't be justified'' and
had been axed, he said.
However, the updated figures did not include the cost of land
acquisition and resource consent costs, where required, the
It would be considered during 2013-14 pre-draft annual plan
discussions beginning tomorrow.