Dunedin city councillors voted this week to reinstate the
aquatic facilities working party to make further
recommendations on swimming space needs in Dunedin in the
The original working party was established in 2010 and
recommended new pool facilities at Mosgiel as the best
solution to addressing pressures on Moana Pool, but it lapsed
after not meeting since November 2011.
A report considered by the community development committee
this week said the working party needed to be reconstituted
to consider work council staff had done since then on the
financial implications of the options for the provision of
additional pool space at Mosgiel and at Moana Pool.
Council staff reported in January they estimated a new pool
at Mosgiel would cost $18 million, rather than the $11.5
million estimated by the working party, and meant a more
modest upgrade at Moana Pool would be required.
The reinstated working party would consider the background
material, staff analysis of the options and various reports
and take a whole-of-city approach to assess the long-term
needs of swimming across the city, which was a slightly
broader approach than that of the previous working party, the
The membership would be the same as the original working
party, consisting of Crs Colin Weatherall, Bill Acklin and
Kate Wilson and Martin Dillon, from the Mosgiel Taieri
Community Board, with the power to co-opt one other
Cr Jinty MacTavish asked if Port Chalmers, which also has a
pool and could be part of a short-term solution to alleviate
swimming space pressures, should be represented on the
working party, but council governance manager Sandy Graham
said Chalmers Community Board chairwoman Jan Tucker had been
approached and was satisfied that was not required.
The working party is to report back the preferred options to
the community development committee by September 2013.