A decision about whether to proceed with a longed-for new
pool in Mosgiel will be made on Monday.
A working party considering Dunedin's future swimming needs
has recommended the council consider providing a new $8.95
million pool facility in Mosgiel before expanding Moana Pool
in the central city.
The aquatic facilities working party suggests the council
consider building the pool facility in Mosgiel within five
The recommended option is a community complex with a 25m x
25m (10-lane) main pool and a 20m x 10m learners pool that
would be open all year and have full disabled access.
The pool would be about twice the size of the existing pool
and was estimated to cost $8.95 million, excluding land
A new site was preferred because the existing site was
too close to the Silver Stream and lacked parking and because
building there would leave Mosgiel residents with no pool while
the new one was being built.
The council should consider what percentage of the funding it
would pay, with the rest to be provided through community
fundraising, co-ordinated by a trust established by the
council and the Mosgiel Taieri Community Board.
The trust would also raise funds for any wished-for
additional facilities, such as a leisure pool and spa pool.
The board would be asked to assist in identifying a site for
The working party recommended money be tagged for further
investigating the project next year, and capital and
operational funding be included in the 2015-16 long-term
Its chairman, Cr Colin Weatherall, said it had been decided
Mosgiel should be a priority because of capacity constraints
and maintenance issues at the existing pool.
Providing additional facilities at Moana Pool in the short
term was complicated by work required to address car parking
constraints on the site, he said.
The council will consider the recommendations at its meeting
Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather said the
community board was willing and ready to be involved in
co-ordinating fundraising for a project that had been
discussed and wanted by the community for some years now.
''We really hope the council sees fit to adopt the
recommendation and enable this project to move forward.''
Setting priorities as to ''how much, where and when'' were
decisions for the future, he said.
''It's getting the commitment made that we need now.''
Recommendations from the aquatic facilities working
Within five years:
• A new 25 x 25m main pool and 20m x 10m learners pool be
provided on a new site at Mosgiel, estimated to cost $8.95
• That a trust be set up to raise funds from the Mosgiel
community for a portion (yet to be determined) of the cost
Within 10 years:
• Additional pool space is required in central city,
preferably at Moana Pool, if parking constraints can be
• That money be included on the council's 2014-15 budget to
continue investigating the options.