The Mosgiel Taieri Community board is strongly urging the
Dunedin City Council to allocate $30,000 seed funding for a
This comes after the council in January decided to consult
the public through its draft annual plan on a proposal to
give $30,000 to a community trust to take on the next stage.
The Taieri Community Facilities Trust has since offered to
investigate the pool project in conjunction with the council
and community and be responsible for its establishment and
Support for the proposal forms a major part of the community
board's submission to the Dunedin City Council on its 2014-15
draft annual plan.
Board chairman Bill Feather said it would be a ''huge
disappointment'' for the Mosgiel community if the council
decided against giving the funding.
If the money was allocated, it would be ''a turning point''
for the project and ''appease'' those in the community who
felt Mosgiel was not a priority for the council.
''Up until this point, in all of the long-term and annual
plans there has not ever been a line in the budget providing
for a new pool.
''This is that first step.''
Having the funding would allow the community to take a lead
on the project and get the ball rolling to raise funds for
The desire among the community for a new pool was shown by
the fact it attracted the fourth-highest number of
submissions during consultation on the draft annual plan.
''The area is sorely in need of having its pool replaced,''
Mr Feather said.
''[The current one] doesn't meet the community's needs.''
Mosgiel residents needed to keep fighting for the project and
show a willingness to raise funds for it.
The issue will be discussed at annual plan hearings next