Ship­ping de­lay for pool

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Christ­mas is com­ing late for Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay this year with Santa late in de­liv­er­ing the com­po­nents of the Waipawa and Dis­tricts Cen­ten­nial Memo­rial Pool, planned to open in De­cem­ber.

The Waipawa Pool Project is a two-stage project, with Stage 1 the in­stal­la­tion of a new pool and fil­tra­tion, fol­low­ing the fail­ure of the pool shell and retic­u­la­tion in 2017.

Af­ter com­mu­nity feed­back, the project was made a pri­or­ity in the 2018 Long Term Plan, with the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Dis­trict Coun­cil fund­ing $650,000 to­wards the $1.185-mil­lion project with the bal­ance un­der­writ­ten by the coun­cil and raised by the com­mu­nity.

De­spite or­der­ing the pool early from the Ital­ian Man­u­fac­tur­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ing and ship­ping de­lays while it was in tran­sit in Sin­ga­pore from Italy mean the pool is now not due to get here un­til De­cem­ber. Con­struc­tion is oth­er­wise on tar­get.

“It’s a dis­ap­point­ing out­come for all in­volved. It means Christ­mas will come a little later than planned for the Waipawa and Dis­tricts Cen­ten­nial Memo­rial Pool,” says Doug Tate group man­ager Cus­tomer and Com­mu­nity. “Our lo­cal con­trac­tor Ja­cob’s Con­struc­tion has gone out of its way to see the pool de­liv­ered on time — un­for­tu­nately things like ship­ping de­lays are com­pletely out of ev­ery­one’s con­trol.”

A new open­ing date will be con­firmed shortly, an­tic­i­pated in the new year.

The coun­cil will be pro­vid­ing lo­cal splash out events in Waipawa as it did dur­ing the clo­sure of the pool in 2017.

“One pos­i­tive of the de­lay is that is pro­vides the com­mu­nity with greater time to fundraise the com­mu­nity share for the project,” says Bruce Stephen­son, chair of the Waipawa Pool Project Com­mit­tee.

“We are on our way, how­ever still need the com­mu­ni­ties sup­port to see the project over the line and pre­pare for Stage 2.”

A to­tal of $148,000 of the $550,000 bal­ance has al­ready been raised, with the com­mu­nity’s sup­port for the project still re­quired.

Peo­ple can sup­port the project by be­com­ing a pool spon­sor, by spon­sor­ing a drop or a lane, suggest­ing and sup­port­ing fundrais­ing ideas or events or by mak­ing a do­na­tion. Dona­tions can be made at any coun­cil ser­vice cen­tre or li­brary or through our web­site www.chbdc.govt.nz

For more in­for­ma­tion and up­dates fol­low the Waipawa and Dis­tricts Cen­ten­nial Memo­rial Pool on Face­book or go to www.chbdc.govt.nz

The Waipawa and Dis­tricts Cen­ten­nial Memo­rial Pool will stay dry this month af­ter ship­ping de­lays.

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