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After a mammoth year of fundraising
and upgrades, the Fiordland Community
Swimming Pool Association is hoping Te
Anau ratepayers will help lighten the load
and shore up the pool’s long-term future.
More than $100,000 has been spent on
the Te Anau pool in the past 12 months
– $82,000 on recladding and another
$20,000 on new covers and rollers.
Pool association chairman Neil Collinson
said the 25m pool was built on the
Fiordland College site about 25 years
ago thanks to community fundraising. It
had always been well used but spiralling
operating costs, repairs and maintenance
work and a dwindling number of people
willing to join the committee threatened
its long term viability.
Thankfully a small group of dedicated
pool supporters recognised the risk and
worked extremely hard to address the
issues and plan for the future, he said.
The pool runs on diesel heating and fuel
price rises had proved a big drain on
funds. The committee also had to pay to
have a qualified pool lifeguard on duty to
supervise all public sessions.
The maintenance work had been
completed thanks to assistance from
the Meridian Community Fund, Southern
Trust, Community Trust of Southland,
Pub Charity, Lottery Grants Board and
Southland District Council amenity fund.
Despite such suppor t, the work still
required the committee to dip into its
reserves to the tune of around $25,000.
The committee tried to hold about
$80,000 in reserve at any one time so
that any faults or break-downs could
be fixed immediately and therefore stay
open for public use, Mr Collinson said.
Getting our pool in the swim
The Te Anau rodeo, which was to have
been held last Saturday, has been
rescheduled for next month.
Three days of heavy rained forced the
cancellation of the popular annual
event after organisers considered the
ground conditions unsafe for livestock
Club secretary Peter Dolamore said it
was only the second time in 41 years
the rodeo had been cancelled and the
last time was so long ago that even the
oldest club members could not recall it.
While it had been a tough call to make,
it was the right decision.
“It dried out a little bit on top on
Saturday but not really enough to make
it safe,” he said.
“We can stand one day of rain down
there – it drains away pretty good – but
three days was just too much.”
The rodeo would now be held on
February 14 and the club was asking
people to spread the word far and
wide in the hope visitors would be
encouraged back to town. Crib owners
were traditionally good supporters of
the rodeo and if they knew about it
now they might plan to return for the
weekend and, with luck, bring friends
with them, Mr Dolamore said.
The new date was only one week after
rodeos in Omakau, Lawrence and
Waikouaiti and would still form part of
the Christmas circuit. Organisers hoped
that would be enough of a drawcard
for cowboys chasing points towards
their overall standings leading up to the
national finals in Whangarei on March
set for rodeo
Local , Loyal and Loving It!
9 January, 2009
Fiordland Community Swimming Pool supervisor Fran Cox chatting with holidaymakers from Invercargill (from left) Courtney
Withington, 11, Calvin Jenkins, 5, Terri Scott, 15 and Toby Jenkins 10.
The Fiordland Community
Swimming Pool is open for
public sessions every Monday,
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
between 2pm and 5pm.
Entry is $4 for adults and $2
Keys are also available at
$120 for a single or $250
for a family enabling use of
the pool between 6am and
9pm every day except during
In the past year, the committee also renewed
and secured tenure of the pool site with the
Ministry of Education, worked with Venture
Southland on costs into the future, and
teamed up with the college to help fund a
lifeguard training course that resulted in eight
people qualifying as pool lifeguards.
“It’s a really positive time for the pool,” Mr
Collinson said. The audit had highlighted the
pool was in “very good shape” and, with an
estimated replacement cost of $9 million,
was well worth looking after. “ We’ve got a
very good asset and it’s the right thing for the
council to be supporting it.”
The committee asked Te Anau Community
Board to contribute to the cost of running
the pool annually through its rates take. The
request got a very favourable hearing at the
board’s last meeting on December 17.
Members decided that a uniform annual
charge of $12.08 be levied on every
residential, commercial and accommodation
property in the Te Anau ward in order to raise
$20,000 a year for the community pool. That
proposal will be included in the Southland
District Council’s 2009 long term plan which
will be open for public submissions.
Mr Collinson said he hoped ratepayers would
see the benefit of contributing towards a
valuable community asset.
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