Two pleas on behalf of Dunedin's southern communities saw
retiring councillor Colin Weatherall make two wins for his
area on Monday.
During his introduction of the recommendations of the aquatic
facilities working party, which he chaired, he also issued a
call to arms to the Mosgiel community.
The council then voted to consider as part of its next annual
plan process putting money into the plan to investigate
further a new pool at Mosgiel, despite other councillors'
concerns about cost.
Cr Weatherall said it would at least provide an opportunity
for the southern catchment to start consulting in their
community about what they preferred, and progressing a
partnership relationship with council.
''If the Mosgiel community can contribute $1 million for a
playground, I look forward to what they can do for a great
Earlier in the meeting it was Fairfield's turn, after an
impassioned speech from the councillor turned around an
earlier council decision not give the community $10,000 from
trees harvested from Walton Park.
Cr Weatherall had been absent from a previous meeting at
which councillors voted against giving part of the $127,000
surplus from harvesting the trees, planted 40 years ago by
the community for its own benefit, back to the community for
the beautification of a section of Main Rd.
Cr Weatherall argued the trees had been given to the city by
the goodwill of the people on amalgamation in 1989.
Those people had later been promised by the then-land
transport authority it would beautify the stretch of road
when the new state highway section bypassing Fairfield was
built, yet it had failed to do that.
Councillors, except Cr Lee Vandervis, reversed their vote and
agreed the community could have up to $10,000 for the