$335,000 needed for new-look pool

SHIRLEY WHYTE
Last updated 05:00 23/12/2013

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The redevelopment of the Tuatapere swimming pool is under way.

However, more than $335,000 is needed to complete the necessary work.

Structural issues with the pool building were first identified in April 2011, which led to the establishment of the Tuatapere Pool Redevelopment Group.

Group member and Tuatapere Community Baths Society president Rachael Poole said they were pleased to announce the planning stage was now complete.

"The work will be quite extensive, and will include compliance work which has been triggered by the need for a building consent," Ms Poole said.

"This will result in a structurally sound and fully compliant building that should serve the community for another 20 or more years."

About $30,000 had been spent to date on temporary work to keep the pool open and the investigation of options, she said.

The redevelopment group was now applying to public funders, with an application to the Community Trust of Southland pending.

The aim was to complete the fundraising by July, undertake the work that winter, and reopen the pool in October next year for the summer season.

"If this cannot be achieved, the pool will have to close for the 2014-15 season and until the work has been undertaken," Ms Poole said.

The group had about $40,000 in savings from fundraising.

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