Fashion fiesta helps fill pool fund bucket

All the fashion . . . Margaret Jackson (left) and Ann Shanks, both of Mosgiel, enjoy the Spring Fashion Fiesta, a fundraising event for the for the Taieri Community Facilities Trust, at Wingatui Function Centre last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A final fundraising push is on to get a new pool facility in Mosgiel sooner rather than later.

Taieri Communities Facility Trust chairwoman Irene Mosley, speaking to Taieri Times, said the trust had to raise $3.2million to “trigger” the Dunedin City Council to start the development of the facility.

The trust had raised more than $3million and wanted to hits its fundraising total by Christmas.

“It can’t drag on any longer. We have to hit that target .. We are keen to get it started.”

If the target was not hit by Christmas, the start of the project, such as the finalising of the plans and build going out to tender, would be delayed.

“It can’t go on another 12 months – people would be totally sick of it.”

If the target was hit, she expected the facility to open in early 2021.

The trust was standing firm on hitting the target to deliver a facility that the community “wants and needs”.

The Spring Fashion Fiesta in the Wingatui Function Centre last week raised about $8000 for the trust.

“It shows the level of commitment out there of people wanting to make this happen.”