Supervisor Panua Tangimetua at the Mosgiel Swimming Pool yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A working party reviewing Dunedin's swimming pool needs is to
recommend to the Dunedin City Council it build a new pool in
Mosgiel rather than improving Moana Pool.
The working party was re-established in January after council
staff estimated the estimated cost of a new swimming complex
at Mosgiel had risen to $18 million, since a report by the
working party last year suggested it would be $11.5 million.
It also followed multiple submissions on the 2013-14 draft
annual plan pleading with the council to finally make a
decision on new swimming facilities in Dunedin, most calling
for a new pool in Mosgiel.
Cr Bill Acklin called for faster progress on plans either way
and the working party was reconvened to consider all the
information that had been gathered, and report back to the
council this month.
That report has been completed, and will be circulated to
councillors later this week as part of the agenda for next
week's council meeting, the last of this triennium.
Working party chairman Cr Colin Weatherall confirmed the
working party had concentrated on two options: expanding
Moana Pool, or building a new recreation/leisure centre,
including pool, at Mosgiel to serve the city's entire
''Very clearly the indications are that the Mosgiel option is
... the preferred option that we've recommended,'' Cr
While he would not go into detail of the reasons for the
recommendations ahead of the report's release, he said there
were significant challenges with the extension of Moana Pool,
particularly around increasing car parking on site.
He said the working party would recommend the council include
a new Mosgiel pool in the annual plan consultation round for
2014-15 onwards. Some seed money should also be included in
coming years' budgets for consultation and exploration of the
final detail for the project.
While it would not go into a lot of detail about the design
of a new facility, the report would talk about pool size,
that it would be preferred it was established on a site
already owned by the council and would cost at its most basic
level less than $9 million, increasing from there according
to the final detail of the plan decided on, he said.
No money is presently in the council's long-term budget for
aquatic services upgrades.
It had long been agreed there was an opportunity to add
community funding or support for the project, Cr Weatherall
said, and that discussion would be needed, although he was
cautious not to lay the whole project at the door of the
''As a minimum, if Mosgiel was the preferred choice of
council, it would be a partnership.''
While a new pool in Mosgiel was the working party's
preference, the council could still choose otherwise at its
meeting next Monday, he said.
If he was on the council he would be pushing to get some
money, even if it was only $100,000 for the first year, into
the budget just to get investigations under way, to begin
get preferred sites worked out and the design planned, he
''Then I'd try and get some real cash into the system by
2017-18, or around then.''
The report was a positive for the southern area of Dunedin,
''It is the sort of project I will miss having the ability to
be part of and drive,'' the outgoing councillor said.
Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather said the
news was great for the area.
''The community will be very pleased that somebody has shown
some direction finally.''
He was obviously hopeful the council would support the
If it did, that would mean the community would be able to
start standing behind its obligation to support the project,
and bring it to fruition.