A Mosgiel man has offered to donate a piece of land for a new
pool as a way of giving something back to the community.
The offer of a paddock in Puddle Alley to use for a new pool
follows the Dunedin City Council saying it would consider
budgeting next year to further investigate building a pool.
The council challenged the town's residents to commit to the
Murray Nash (79) said he offered the land as a way of giving
back to the community he had lived in for 25 years.
The offer relied on his convincing neighbours noise from the
pool would not be an issue, he said.
''I'm climbing up to 80 now ... and I'm sort of winding down
a bit. So, I just thought: well, I could do something that
might help the district.
''Mosgiel people have been pretty good to us,'' he said.
He decided to make the offer after reading stories about a
proposed new pool in the Taieri Times and Otago
The ''two or three''-acre paddock (about 1ha) he was offering
was a portion of a larger piece of land he owned.
It was about a two-minute or three-minute walk from the end
of Factory Rd and the same distance from the railway line as
the current pool was, he said.
He hoped his offer would make it ''easier'' for the council
to finally build a new Mosgiel pool.
''It's been ... [going on without resolution] for as long as
I remember, that the pool has never been big enough.''
Mr Nash had not discussed his offer with the council or the
Mosgiel-Taieri community board.
Council operations manager Tony Avery said the council was
yet to make a decision about whether to fund a new pool or
its possible location.
However, if the decision was made to fund further
investigation into building a new pool, ''all options'' for a
location, including Mr Nash's offer, would be considered, Mr
''It's always great that someone wants to offer something
back to the community,'' he said.
Community board chairman Bill Feather said the board would
follow up Mr Nash's ''generous'' offer.
''You never look a gift horse in the mouth, and you certainly
follow up on the lead,'' he said.