Pupils have say on Moana Pool foyer design

Three aspects of the options for a redevelopment of the foyer at Dunedin's Moana Pool. Images...
Three aspects of the options for a redevelopment of the foyer at Dunedin's Moana Pool. Images supplied.

Dunedin's high school pupils will have the final say on the best design for a revamped foyer at Moana Pool.

The Dunedin City Council has decided to throw the decision over to future ratepayers by giving high school pupils the chance to vote for their favourite design.

The youth vote initiative is among three projects being undertaken by the council's Dunedin youth participation group, headed by chairman Cr Aaron Hawkins.

The latest step to engage younger minds will see polling booths set up at 11 high schools across the city this week.

Pupils will have until June 2 to vote on one of three conceptual designs for the Moana Pool foyer's interior The winning design will be introduced during a redevelopment of the foyer planned to begin later this year, costing between $50,000 and $70,000.

Cr Hawkins said high school pupils had been involved throughout the project, giving initial feedback which helped shape three concepts' designs.

The initiative is part of a youth engagement programme, with Crs Hawkins and Jinty MacTavish touring schools to explain the role of local government.

Plans for a youth council for 12- to 17-year-olds were also being finalised ahead of an expected launch in July, he said.

Members of the public could also view the foyer designs at the pool, and cast their own vote on which was best, although the ''straw poll'' would not influence the outcome, Cr Hawkins said.


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