'Army' turns out for pool

At a meeting at Coronation Hall (from left) are Mosgiel Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather, council infrastructure and networks manager Tony Avery and Mayor Dave Cull. Photo by Shawn McAvinue.An ''army of supporters'' is being recruited to push the redevelopment of a pool in Mosgiel.

Mosgiel Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather said there was ''unanimous support'' for a pool redevelopment at a Mosgiel meeting last week.

About 80 people attended the Coronation Hall meeting on Thursday on the proposed spending in the Dunedin City Council's draft annual plan.

Mr Feather said many members of the audience at the meeting told Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and council infrastructure and networks manager Tony Avery the council should give the $30,0000 proposed seed funding to run the newly formed Taieri Community Facilities Trust.

''The next step is to get that $30,000 from a draft proposed situation to an actuality,'' he said.

Mr Feather said the trust was recruiting an ''army of supporters'' and investigating the work needed to start the redevelopment project, including the creation of a memorandum of understanding between the trust and the council.

The trust would also investigate options for the pool location, funding models, design, ownership and operation.

It would also gauge the ''community's appetite'' for contributing to a new pool.

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