Workshop to discuss Mosgiel pool options

The ageing Mosgiel pool under the watchful eye of supervisor Punua Tangimetua. Photo by Linda...
The ageing Mosgiel pool under the watchful eye of supervisor Punua Tangimetua. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dunedin City Councillors and the Taieri Communities Facilities Trust (TCFT) will hold a workshop on Tuesday to discuss proposals to build a new pool in Mosgiel.

Mayor Dave Cull said the workshop, on March 3, would be an opportunity to discuss the framework around which the decision-making process needs to be based.

During Long Term Plan (LTP) discussions last month, the council agreed to include information on two-pool, three-pool and four-pool Mosgiel Pool options as unfunded options in the LTP consultation document for public feedback in March and April.

''When councillors come to consider a project like this, it isn't simply a question of yes or no, based on cost or level of need. Any pool facility would be developed on a partnership basis between council, the trust and the community, so it is important that both sides develop and maintain a clear understanding of all the decision-making and financial factors that might impact on us,'' he said.

''The council and DCC staff have put a lot of work in recent years into establishing a strategic framework. This is designed to, among other things, help guide councillors so that decisions on individual projects aren't made in isolation but are done in a consistent way.''

At the meeting, senior council staff would explain more about the Spatial Plan, which is one of the components of the strategic framework. It would also provide a chance to discuss other key documents, such as the New Zealand Aquatic Facilities Development Guidelines, and how a new pool in Mosgiel could fit within that.

Council staff would also provide financial modelling implications for a range of possible options, ranging from refurbishing the pool to replacing it with either a two, three or four-pool complex.

This would give both councillors and TCFT members a much clearer picture of the potential options and implications,'' Mayor Cull said.

''My sincere hope is that it will also give trust members and councillors the opportunity to ask questions of staff and each other, so that we can deepen our mutual understanding of the issues around the Mosgiel aquatic facilities proposal,'' he said.

Trust chairman Michael Stedman said the workshop reflected the best in council and community engagement.

''The community's support for an aquatic facility to replace the 80-year-old and wholly inadequate present pool is immense. The community has committed to funding 50% of a proposed four pool complex, one that serves the entire community, from 2-year-olds to 92-year-olds,'' he said.

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