Moves to build a $15 million-plus aquatic centre in Mosgiel
have been boosted by former Commonwealth Games gold medallist
Prof David Gerrard becoming patron of a trust promoting the
Taieri Community Facilities Trust spokesman David Murphy
welcomed the appointment of Prof Gerrard, of the University
of Otago, yesterday.
Mr Murphy also provided further key details of the trust's
preferred option for the new aquatic complex, including
adding a 20m x 10m hydrotherapy pool and spa facility.
Last year it had been proposed to build a 25m x 25m main pool
and 20m x 10m learners pool in Mosgiel, at an estimated cost
of $8.95 million.
Mr Murphy said yesterday it was now proposed to build a $15
million-plus facility, including a hydrotherapy pool.
The Dunedin City Council had agreed to provide $30,000 to
enable the trust to undertake a feasibility study and to
investigate options for the proposed centre.
The trust planned to appoint a project manager to prepare the
feasibility study, which would consider options including a
It was hoped to start that work by the end of the month.
Adding the hydrotherapy pool would strengthen the overall
value of the aquatic centre and make it more commercially
viable, he said.
The overall complex would be ''a big boost for the
It was hoped to include the project in the council's draft
annual plan for 2016-17, and, ideally, to have the complex
completed within five years.
Prof Gerrard's appointment would add to overall public
interest in the proposed centre, and his high public profile
and credibility would encourage greater support for
fundraising, Mr Murphy said.
The hydrotherapy pool would aid with rehabilitation after
sports injuries and help older residents maintain their
health and fitness through exercise and to recover after
The proposed new centre would also boost the Dunedin and
Mosgiel economy, enabling high-profile events, including
triathalons, to be held, involving the competition pool, he
Prof Gerard said the need for ''a contemporary, multipurpose
facility'' in the area was long overdue.
The facility would provide many ''recreational
opportunities'' and ''serve competitive aquatic sports, cater
for learn-to-swim and offer a unique environment for exercise