A trust previously involved in large community projects in
Mosgiel has been offered as a vehicle to advance
investigations into a new pool there.
The Taieri Community Facilities Trust has approached the
Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board with an offer to be the
umbrella body to advance a Dunedin City Council proposal to
provide $30,000 to a community-owned trust to investigate
conceptual details of the project.
A report from chairman Bill Feather said the board was to
consider the offer, and the council's proposal, at its
meeting this week. .
The trust, formerly the Mosgiel Playgrounds Trust, which
successfully worked on improving the Memorial Park
Playground, was established in 2006.
It changed its deed in 2008 to cater for broader initiatives.
Trustee Geoff Woodcock said a new set of trustees could
oversee and support a sub-committee structure to carry out
the investigations with the council.
Mr Feather said substantial work, including community
consultation on sites, design, funding and operation and
ownership models, was necessary to progress the concept so it
could be included in the council's long-term budgets.
If the board agreed, confidential offers for support, either
as trustees and/or helpers, would soon be sought.
An informal poll in Mosgiel conducted by the Taieri
Times last week found respondents overwhelmingly
supported the construction of a new pool.
Fifty people on the street were asked whether they wanted a
new pool and, if they did, would they be happy to contribute
financially to its construction.
Only one respondent said no.