Aquatic centre donor wants flow-on effect

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The Taieri Community Facilities Trust is making a call for “pool builders” to get a new aquatic facility built in Mosgiel. Pool builders – individuals, families or businesses – have been asked to give $5 a week for two years. Donations of $500 or more will be acknowledged on a pool builders’ wall in the new facility. In a series, reporter Shawn McAvinue talks to Dunedin residents about why they became “pool builders”.

Rowan Shanks moved away from Mosgiel more than 20 years ago but has pledged more than $500 to get a new aquatic facility built in the suburb.

The driving motivation for making the pledge was that he has two young children and lives near Moana Pool.

He hopes a new facility in Mosgiel will take pressure off Moana Pool.

“Moana Pool is at capacity . . . ,” Mr Shanks said.

“You have to queue for a family changing room and the kids are shivering.

“It’s a nightmare, and the nightmare begins at Moana Pool when you try and get a car park.”

He said Dunedin residents should become Mosgiel pool builders, even if they never intended to use the new facility.

Swimmers across Dunedin would benefit from a flow-on effect as pressure was released on other pools across the city.

Mr Shanks had ties in Mosgiel. He was born in Mosgiel Hospital, attended The Taieri High School and was a member of the Taieri Swim Club.

Mosgiel Pool dated back to the 1980s and the “dinosaur” needed to be replaced, he said.

He encouraged people to become pool builders and help the trust reach its $3.2million fundraising target.

“Mosgiel deserves it . . .

“Even if you haven’t got an affiliation to Mosgiel, how about giving $500 to help your children or grandkids who live in Dunedin and swim at Moana Pool, to stop them experiencing the same frustrations I’m having?”