Mayor looks forward to more poolside summers
Gisborne’s Mayor, Rehette Stoltz, today said she was delighted with the Prime Minister’s $40m funding announcement for Gisborne’s Olympic Pool complex.
“We’ve applied for several ‘shovel-ready’ projects, with the Olympic Pool complex being one of them. I’d like to say a sincere thank you to the government for recognising how important this is to our community by its announcement today,” the Mayor said.
“Council has been seeking to redevelop the Complex since 2006, but competing priorities have made progress difficult.
“This funding will allow us to build a new facility, and we envisage it will increase our visitor usage to around 200,000 a year.
“Suffice to say, it's taken a long time to get here and we are extremely happy with the announcement. I’d like to thank our hard-working team who have got us to this point, our partners who have supported the pool redevelopment, and Ngai Tawhiri who we are working with on the redevelopment.
“Our new pool will offer innumerable benefits to the health and wellbeing of people in this region, and the government’s announcement will ensure it remains a social and a recreational hub for thousands of Tairāwhiti residents and visitors now and into the future.”
The Mayor said the pool was a much-loved Gisborne institution, and generations of Gisborne children had learned to swim and enjoyed poolside summers there.
“Today’s announcement will give us a modern facility that will meet our needs now and for a long time into the future.”