Green light for $1m MLC pool

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Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege is af­ter $1mil­lion to help build a new pool.

Clare­mont coun­cil­lors gave the green light to the 25mx40m heated pool on Tues­day night af­ter school prin­ci­pal Marie Perry s a i d i t was s o r e l y needed.

A stick­ing point for coun­cil­lors was more traf­fic from in­ter­school events be­ing gen­er­ated by a new pool.

“Re­pairs are not vi­able any longer,” Dr Perry said about MLC’s ex­ist­ing 50m pool, north of the Great Court.

“We’re hop­ing to com­plete ma­jor earth­works [for the new pool] over the Christ­mas break.”

Dr Perry said MLC was work­ing with neigh­bour­ing Christ Church Gram­mar School on the new pool.

The new pool would be next to Christ Church’s 50m pool and both would be sur­rounded by a fence.

Dr Perry said the MLC pool would be pre­dom­i­nantly used for lap train­ing and wa­ter polo.

Coun­cil­lor Jill Goetze said be­cause the new pool was re­plac­ing the leak­ing 56-year-old fa­cil­ity, it wasn’t a new pool.

“There will be no in­crease in park­ing re­quire­ments,” Ms Goetze said.

Coun­cil­lor Sara Franklyn said she was very keen to see chil­dren’s sport pro­moted.

Coun­cil­lor Chris Mews said he could sup­port the school’s plans, thanks to amended con­di­tions.

“Any de­vel­op­ment mustn’t in­con­ve­nience the sur­round­ing ratepay­ers,” he said.

“The schools don’t pay rates.” The con­di­tions in­clude get­ting an OK for “mi­nor in­ter-school” events – no more than three­hours long, and at­tended by no more than four schools.

An­other con­di­tion was ma­jor in­ter-school events or ex­ter­nal clubs or or­gan­i­sa­tions need­ing coun­cil ap­proval to use the new pool.

In MLC’s lat­est edi­tion of its bi-an­nual mag­a­zine Strive, the school asked for $1mil­lion in do­na­tions to “green-light” the project.

Cash for splash … The MLC com­mu­nity have been asked to do­nate toa new 40mx25m pool.

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