Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

al­low Wanaka res­i­dents to swim at the Cromwell Swim Cen­tre for the same price as they paid at home, by pro­duc­ing proof of res­i­dence. Their passes would also be hon­oured at the Alpine Aqualand at Frank­ton.

Be­fore last Fri­day’s clo­sure, coun­cil staff were ap­par­ently al­ready as­sess­ing up­grade op­tions, which in­cluded adding a learn­ers’ pool to the Wanaka fa­cil­ity.

Build­ing a com­pletely new pool at Wanaka’s Three Parks de­vel­op­ment along with the pro­posed new Wanaka Sports Fa­cil­ity, was also re­vived for con­sid­er­a­tion.

‘‘We are con­tin­u­ing to eval­u­ate the vi­a­bil­ity of those op­tions,’’ Stokes said.

It was orig­i­nally built as the school pool for the ad­join­ing Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege. Prin­ci­pal Wayne Bosley said he and school’s staff were shocked by the clo­sure, and con­cerned for the com­mu­nity’s im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

‘‘We have al­ways sup­ported the idea of keep­ing the pool close to the schools. It is im­por­tant for the coun­cil to act quickly as ac­cess to a pool in this area for sport, fit­ness, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or re­cre­ation is very im­por­tant.’’

With­out know­ing what re­me­dial work would cost, Wanaka Swim Club pres­i­dent Richard Fair­bairn’s ini­tial pref­er­ence was to up­grade and ex­tend the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity.

‘‘In our opin­ion, we do not need an over-the-top aquatic fa­cil­ity for this town. We need a train­ing pool and a com­bined fam­ily/learn to swim pool with up­graded fa­cil­i­ties that are close to the schools.’’

He felt the town was lack­ing sports fa­cil­i­ties, and that the coun­cil should spread any al­lo­cated money among groups.

A pro­posed new 25-me­tre in­door pub­lic swim­ming pool in Wanaka’s North­lake de­vel­op­ment would be sub­ject to the coun­cil ap­prov­ing a plan change at to­mor­row.

A state­ment re­leased this week said the de­vel­op­ment would in­clude land for a sub­di­vi­sion, which would re­quire the re-zon­ing of 219 hectares of land north of Aubrey Road and near Out­let Road, from ru­ral gen­eral to a new North­lake Spe­cial Zone.

The plans were pre­pared by town plan­ning and re­source man­age­ment con­sul­tancy John Ed­monds, on be­half of three ad­join­ing landown­ers.

The de­vel­op­ers would ap­proach the coun­cil to dis­cuss op­tions to ‘‘fast track’’ the new swim­ming pool, with the pos­si­bil­ity of it open­ing to the pub­lic next year, he said.



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