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Kilbirnie Pool fans still want to make splash

May 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

KILBIRNIE Pool expansion supporters are fighting to keep hopes of an extension alive.

Public submissions close tomorrow for the Wellington City Councils long term plan and supporters want to get the pool’s extension pushed into schedule B.

As it stands the plan is in schedule C with items which are not currently budgeted for over the next 10 years, but items in A and B are.

To get public support pool goers, club members and anyone involved in water sports have been sending in submissions and signing postcards that have been given to the council.

Wellington High Performance Aquatics’ trustee Luvaine McDonald says she has thousands of postcards from supporters to give to the Council.

The need for a larger pool space is recognised in the swimming community.

“Right now we need a new pool to cover all aspects of aquatics,” says Mrs McDonald.

The pool hosts many clubs from swimming, diving, underwater hockey and water polo and are “bursting at the seams” says Mrs McDonald.

“We are pushed to the limits at the pool,” she says.

They also realise that it is not just needed for high performance aquatics.

“It’s about well-being and community,” says Mrs McDonald. “We also need to consider the public when events are going.”

Councillor Jo Coughlan says the costs are currently estimated to be around $20million for 35 metre pool or $24million for a 50 metre pool.

“This is to meet the demands on pool space and to meet the needs of pool users from learn to swim to those involved in aquatic sport,” says Mrs Coughlan.

An example of this is water polo says Sarah Polaschek, chair of Wellington water polo.

“It would be ideal to have more water polo appropriate pool space and more space to have competitions,” she says.

Once all public submissions have been reviewed, the council will decide whether any changes are needed before adopting the final version in late June.

Previous votes on various proposals for the pool have had mixed results.

The first vote on March 24 2011 to include a $650,000 feasibility study in the Draft Annual Plan was passed nine votes to five.

The second vote held on June 16 2011 to include a $650,000 feasibility study in the Annual Plan was lost six votes to nine.

The third vote on June 29 2011 to commit $150,000 to the initial concept design of the pool was passed in favour 11 votes to four.

 

CAPTION: Competitive swimming at Kilbirnie pool. Image: stuff.co.nz

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