The implications and costs of providing new or upgraded
gymnastic facilities for Dunedin are to be investigated by
Dunedin City Council staff before councillors start considering
their 2014-15 budget.
There were differences of opinion among councillors as they
discussed at the pre-draft annual plan hearing yesterday what
to do about the ageing Caledonian Gymnasium in Andersons Bay
Gymnastic groups have appealed to the council for it to
consider upgrading its facilities to an acceptable modern
standard for competition and training and with increased
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said people involved with gymnastics
had told him the Caledonian was never going to provide the
room they needed to expand their sport.
If, as early indications showed, a new, purpose-built
facility might be built for roughly the same cost as
upgrading the Caledonian, it was, on one level, a relatively
basic choice, he said.
''Without dismissing an upgrade, I think the best results
would be got elsewhere [at a new site].''
Cr Jinty MacTavish said while there was a case worth looking
at for a new facility, there was also something to be said
for maximising existing infrastructure in cases such as
''If we go into partnerships with fundraisers, that leads to
issues to use for other users, but for the Caledonian that
doesn't exist because [the council] owns it outright.''
Crs Kate Wilson and Teresa Stevenson agreed and the former
said she wanted to see the RSA consulted because the building
was a war memorial.
Staff are to report back to the community development
committee later in the year.
The investigation will also look at the future of the
adjoining Caledonian Bowling Club.