The Dunedin City Council has accepted an offer from the
Taieri Community Facilities Trust to work with the council on
developing further a project for a proposed new pool in
It has also set aside $30,000 of the $50,000 requested by the
trust for that work, but the money came with a clear message
to the community.
''It is critical the community understand the very, very
limited capacity the council has to fund this project and the
current complete absence of funding budgeted for this
facility,'' Cr Jinty MacTavish said.
Other councillors expressed similar concerns.
''I'm a little concerned that we keep putting resolutions
like we have for South Dunedin Library [which councillors
this week decided to put on hold for at least another year]
that raise expectations that keep getting dashed.
"We need to make it clear we have no money, and that we are
supporting this so the community can work out itself what
this will cost and how they can find that money themselves,''
Cr Chris Staynes said.
Councillors subsequently passed a resolution specifically
noting there was no funding in the council's long-term
budgets for a new pool, although the council would continue
to maintain the existing pool.
Specifically, the council's main resolution was that it
accepted the trust's offer to engage with it and determine
terms of reference and areas of responsibility for both the
trust and the council in investigating the establishment,
ownership and operation of a proposed Mosgiel Pool facility.
After spending so much time arriving at wording satisfactory
to all councillors that Cr Richard Thomson quipped the pool
would be built before they had agreed on it, he also noted
there were plenty of in-kind ways the council could support
the Taieri community to get the new pool, such as around
consents and possibly making land available.
Cr MacTavish said she could support it only because of the
resolution making it clear the council had no funding to give
for the pool.
''I applaud the trust and the people associated with the
trust, but we need to be completely upfront with them about
our relevant ability to contribute, and at the moment that's
Cr Kate Wilson said there was a large demand for a new pool
and she knew it took a lot of money, but communities could
sometimes do it more cheaply than the council could.
The community was very keen to do this and she was pleased
the resolution had been passed, as it would have been sad to
lose that enthusiasm by not setting aside what was really
very little money.
Trust chairman Geoff Woodcock said the trust was pleased to
have been granted the funding.
''We're really happy the council shared the same vision for
the potential pool in Mosgiel and look forward to working
with [it] to achieve that vision.''