A new swimming pool made the biggest splash at a public
meeting in Mosgiel last night on the proposed spending in the
Dunedin City Council's draft annual plan.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull talked to about 80 people in
Coronation Hall about the proposed spending, including
$30,000 seed funding to the Taieri Community Facilities
Trust member Teresa Christie said the community needed to
make a submission on the draft annual plan to ensure the
trust got the seed funding needed to create a plan and
strategy for a redevelopment of a pool facility in Mosgiel.
''It's time to pull together to make a big splash and to make
a ripple throughout Taieri.''
She encouraged the audience to apply to join the trust and to
float as many ideas as possible on ways to fund the
A man in the audience told Mr Cull it was ''abysmal'' the
pool redevelopment had been talked about for six years and
the council had not acted. He said it needed to provide more
than the $30,000 seed funding.
Mr Cull said the council was committed to not take on any
more debt but, if the community signalled it wanted a new
pool, the council could help financially.
''I don't think anybody expects that this community is going
to pay for the whole thing. We've just got to find innovative
ways to do it and part of this process will be around
balancing aspirations and timeframes with the reality of
Another man in the audience said Mosgiel was a ''rich little
town'' and the council's draft annual plan was mostly funding
Mosgiel ratepayers deserved more funding of Mosgiel projects
in the draft annual plan.
Mr Cull said Mosgiel ratepayers were not subsidising the rest
of the city ''And nor is the rest of the city subsidising
Council infrastructure and networks manager Tony Avery said
the council had already investigated a range of cost
structures for a pool redevelopment.
The cheapest option was $2.2 million to upgrade the Mosgiel
pool and the dearest
$15 million for a new building with multiple pools and spa.