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Following on from the article Pool Society reveals plan published on September 6, we would like to clarify a specific point for the community regarding ‘‘donations would be among other sources of income’’.
We are talking about donations of time to help offset staffing costs. If the pool is open for 95 hours per week, our estimates for lifeguard and receptionist coverage amounts to over $390,000. Finding ways to offset such costs, without compromising safety, has to be considered. The society anticipates donations of time, for example, by students assisting as lifeguards in return for free use of the pool. Of course, all lifeguards would be subject to normal employment qualifications and procedures.
To read our proposal in full, see www.waihekepool.co.nz.
Janet Vincent, treasurer Waiheke Community Pool Inc. pools, some want. ‘‘An indoor pool would be ideal, but can Waiheke afford $1 million a year to run it?’’ - Waiheke Marketplace.
It’s interesting how some people’s energy and financial concerns go out the window when they see a possibility of gaining something they want for themselves and the burden is not on them. Current estimated set-up cost $5.5 million.
Much has been made of a new pool, 25 metres long. Well, the present school pool is 25 metres long. I went and measured it about four years ago. That day the pool was sparkling and several groups were using it. I asked them how they found it. ‘‘Fantastic,’’ was the reply.
Better to sort out a pool with the education rebuild, even if it is simply an upgrading of the existing pool. If a commercial operator wants to build a pool, then support them with your money.
When it comes to black and white practicalities, Waiheke Pool Society’s fixated proposal is a white elephant: something that would be a burden causing more trouble than it’s worth. Appreciate, maintain and use what you’ve got. And, of course, that includes the ocean.
Ross Gillespie, Bay of Rocks. place last week over two days. Despite entering the process in good faith, SKP and other s274 parties opposing the marina application were unable to come to a settlement with the developer that resolved the considerable issues surrounding the current proposal.
This means the appeal against an Auckland Council consent for Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited to build the 7.3 hectare, approx 200 berth marina with floating pontoons for cars and buildings out over the water will be decided before the Environment Court.
It is a development that offers very little to the Waiheke community. Instead it threatens the ecology, landscape, amenity and character of not just Kennedy Point but the whole of Putiki Bay and Waiheke as a whole.
SKP is now focussing on engaging further experts to support their case.
Donations can be made to Kiwibank SKP Inc Soc 38-9018-0812104-000.
David Baigent, chairperson, SKP.
‘‘Time to stick to the dogs on leads rule at the marae end of Blackpool Beach.’’ Waiheke Marketplace ‘‘Five godwits flew in to Blackpool at midnight on Friday night.’’ Ping Lee Wragge