The next step towards getting a new pool in Mosgiel will be
setting up a group to raise funds from the communities of
The Dunedin City Council agreed this week to consider during
the next annual plan process setting aside some seed funding
for further investigation of a proposal for a new $8.95
million pool at Mosgiel.
The move was recommended by an aquatic facilities working
party set up to look into the provision of swimming in
Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather said he
was ''certainly not disappointed'' with the outcome of this
week's meeting and had not had any higher expectations from
the way the working party's recommendations were worded.
''Though some councillors believed things were being promised
that might not be able to be delivered, I didn't see it in
that light at all.
''I saw it that there was further work to be done and this
was the trigger point at which that work was to start and put
down some seeding money to allow in-depth analysis and
investigation to begin.''
Although there were calls from councillors for the community
to step up and show the council how enthusiastic it was, the
decision did not leave it in a position to start fundraising
immediately, Mr Feather said.
''Where it leaves the community is that it needs to rise to
the challenge and get itself in a position where it can show
it has the wherewithal to start fundraising.
''It's getting the procedures in place, arranging maybe for a
trust to be created and for people to drive the trust.''
Getting that groundwork and structure in place was the way
forward, and it needed to be in place by annual plan time so
the council knew the community was serious.
He was a little concerned some councillors had talked about
the community coming to them and telling them what it could
''It's almost like they are saying that we should put a price
on what we can deliver, but until we know what it is we are
aiming for, then we really can't fix them a number in mind I
The community's position was that it was ready to start
fundraising, and it was not shying away from the partnership
with the council, but the community and the council both
needed to know what each other was prepared to do.
The pool will be part of pre-draft annual plan discussions in
January, before it can be included in the draft plan.
One problem the board could strike was with timing, Mr
He hoped it could get a full meeting in before Christmas,
otherwise the first meeting would not be until the end of
January, when the annual plan process was well under way.
Chairmen of each board got an opportunity to state their
positions at pre-draft annual plan meetings that month.
He said he had been challenged by councillors several times
about a targeted rate for the pool project, and one
councillor raised it again this week.
''I just wonder in my mind, would they be looking at a
targeted rate to do what they have to at Moana Pool as well,
and are they expecting Mosgiel to contribute to Moana Pool? I
suspect they are.
''But they don't sound as though they are interested in the
northern side of town contributing to Mosgiel and its
Cr Colin Weatherall, the chairman of the working party that
recommended a new Mosgiel Pool be prioritised over expanding
Moana Pool, said he had already offered his services, after
his retirement from local body politics at this election, to
represent the wider southern catchment on any group working
on the project and help the community with the pool project.
''It leaves the Mosgiel community in the driving seats. Once
they are through the election, get their board and a working
party to focus on this and start working together. I've
already offered, if I was to be co-opted representing the
wider catchment, I'd be very keen to be supportive of the
initial stages of their research and work and presentation to
council, in a way also to ensure their focus is Mosgiel and
The southern catchment includes the whole area of Dunedin
from Abbotsford and Green Island, south and across to