Ratepayers wanting a new swimming pool in Mosgiel are
being urged to attend a public meeting to show their support to
Dunedin City Council tomorrow night.
Mayor Dave Cull, some councillors and staff will meet the
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board and members of the public to
discuss the council's draft annual plan, which proposes to
allocate seed funding of $30,000 to a community trust.
Community board chairman Bill Feather said a public show of
support at the meeting was needed to help secure funding to
investigate conceptual details of the pool project.
The long-running pool debate made progress last month when
the community board accepted the Taieri Community Facilities
Trust's offer to drive the pool project.
The trust had been in place since 2006 and co-ordinated the
upgrade of Memorial Park playground in Mosgiel. It is seeking
new members to move the pool project ahead.
Trustees Janet Jopson and Teresa Christie recently told the
community board the trust changed its deed in 2008 to become
more of an umbrella body, able to be involved in other
Four trustees remained active, but they had been on the trust
for several years and felt a new surge of motivated and
skilled people was needed.
Potential trustees could apply to the trust in writing,
including their CV, and would be interviewed. They could also
indicate their interest on the trust's pool website (see
Mrs Christie said only the right people would be selected.
''It is vital potential trustees are highly motivated and
have certain skill sets that complement the strategic
direction the trust is to take.''
Substantial work, including community consultation on sites,
design, funding and operation and ownership models is
necessary to progress the concept so it can be included in
the council's long-term budgets.
The long-term budget will be set next year.
Having council partnership on the project was vital and
getting funds approved in the long-term budget was the next
big challenge for the trust, Mrs Christie said.
Floating an idea
The public meeting
• 7pm tomorrow, Coronation Hall, Gordon Rd, Mosgiel.
The trustees search
• Potential trustees should contact the Taieri Community
• Apply in writing and include CV.
• The trust will interview applicants.
• Visit ourpool.org.nz.