Swim plan funding to be sought

The future of Splash Palace in Invercargill is looking hydro-tastic after a Monday meeting at Invercargill City Council.

Community Services Committee members authorised aquatic services manager Pete Thompson to apply to the Invercargill Licensing Trust and ILT Foundation for grant funding of $158,908 for the 2020 ILT Learn to Swim programme at Splash Palace.

Last financial year, $151,929 was granted to the council for the programme, which provided swimming lessons to all primary school children in the ILT Invercargill area; a total of 41,613 lessons, which was a 4.3% increase on the previous year.

For the 2020 year, a total of $158,908 grant funding will be applied for.

While building consent is expected to be approved soon for the new Splash Palace hydroslide, councillors heard of a cost change due to foundation design changes.

Mr Thompson explained that while it increased the initial loan amount, it would not require budget amendments for the cost of the project over the loan term.

Construction would begin once a Certificate of Public Use inspection had taken place and modifications to the car park to allow for the safe transit of people and vehicles during the construction phase is completed.

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