Call for community ideas on new pool

Advocates for a new pool in Mosgiel have gone online to gauge the level of support in the community for the pool.

Three weeks ago, the Taieri Community Facilities Trust launched a website, Pooling Together, which allows people to take a survey on whether they want a new aquatic centre in Mosgiel.

Trust deputy chairwoman Cherry Lucas said, since Pooling Together was launched, 840 people had completed the survey.

Trust members had been raising awareness in the community about the pool and the survey and had given more than 50 presentations to community groups.

The trust would be making a submission to the council in December and would be summarising the surveys in that.

''We'll be keeping it [the survey] open as long as we can,'' she said.

''We'd like to get as many responses as possible.''

Having a large number of survey responses favouring having a pool in Mosgiel would allow the trust to show the council how much the community wanted one, she said.

As not everyone had a computer, it was also possible to complete a paper version of the survey, at locations such as the Mosgiel Library, she said.

The survey asks participants whether they support a new aquatic centre located in Mosgiel, whether they support community partnering with the council to fund the pool, and discusses some funding options.

The survey also lists several pool features, such as a learners' pool and spa pool, and asks how important the community thinks each feature is.

According to the Pooling Together website, the current Mosgiel pool, built in the 1930s, was in ''dire need'' of replacement.

''It is essential for our children to learn to swim. Currently, schools are under intense pressure to teach children to swim and pool space is severely limited at Moana Pool.

The Mosgiel Pool is too small, and only available for seven months of the year. A new aquatic complex would not only meet our aquatic needs, but it could also be built so that it could be extended into a community centre.

It could become a new heart for Mosgiel, a place to connect together and enjoy a wide range of recreational activities,'' it said.

According to the site, a solid funding strategy was needed if the pool was to go ahead.

The trust was working with the Compton Fundraising Group to carry out a funding capability study. The main sources of funding would be national funding bodies, corporate sponsorship, donations from individuals and families, and fundraising events.

To have your say on the Mosgiel Pool issue you can visit the Pooling Together website www.poolingtogether.org.nz.

 

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