Mosgiel pool plan scrutiny by councillors

The proposal for a new $15 million swimming pool in Mosgiel comes under the noses of Dunedin city councillors for the first time on Monday.

The taster report outlines the commitment the Mosgiel community is seeking from the council for the pool, when it comes time for councillors to set the city's long-term budgets in May.

It covers the key points of the Taieri Community Facilities Trust's feasibility study, to which the council contributed $30,000, on a new ''aquatic centre'' for Mosgiel, including its preferred design, location and funding.

The report notes the trust engaged Irene Mosley to advise on fundraising potential within the community and the result was confidence the wider community was willing and able to raise half the cost, $7.5 million, of the pool.

The hope is that the council will match the community contribution dollar for dollar.

The trust had worked out the pool could bring in $1.1 million a year in entry fees, which was more than what it estimated the pool's operating costs would be, the report from aquatic services manager Paulien Leijnse said.

But, she advised, council staff had not yet had time to analyse the details of the study, and would need to scrutinise the figures more closely before making any recommendations.

They hoped to have that done by late January so councillors would have enough information to make their initial decisions on the project during their January long-term plan meetings, she said.


Preferred aquatic centre

• In Memorial Park

• Includes a 25m x 25m main pool, a learners' pool, a leisure pool and a hydrotherapy pool

• Cost $15 million

• Community to raise $7.5 million

• Seeking $7.5 million contribution from council

• No rates required to fund ongoing operations



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