To ensure we developed a facility to best meet the needs of as many groups as possible, we surveyed the community in November 2017 and asked pool users what upgrades they preferred if the pool complex was ever redeveloped.
Recently we’ve also worked with a water sport leaders group driven by a desire to introduce new opportunities to our region and a representative from this group has been added to the Project Reference Group.
A strong and productive relationship has developed with Ngai Tawhiri and hapu representatives will continue to be involved and have meaningful input into the Olympic Pool Complex throughout the project and beyond.
The consultation process
In 2017, 3 options were presented to the community as part of the draft 2018-2028 Long Term Plan consultation. The options were:
1. Downsize to pay less - featuring an indoor 25m pool and learn to swim/hydrotherapy pool, new administration centre and changing rooms. It would also include a staged upgrade of the outdoor facilities.
2. Business as usual - repair and maintain existing infrastructure.
3. A fit for purpose facility - featuring an indoor multi-use 50m pool and learn to swim/hydrotherapy pool, spa zone, new administration centre and change rooms. It would also include a staged upgrade of the outdoor facilities. Council made it known that this was its preferred option.
We received 293 submissions with 275 being in support of option 3.
The report to Council on design options
This option had strong support from the project steering group, the project reference group and community feedback throughout draft Long Term Plan consultation. Rationale included the multi-use benefits, large programmable water area, and the retention of a 50m pool.
The 2017/18 Project User Reference Group included representatives from the Gisborne District Youth Council, Comet Swim Club, Hauora Tairāwhiti, Turanga Health, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti, Positive Aging Trust, Disabled Persons Assembly Tairāwhiti, families with young children, pool users, and the Olympic Pool operations team (Aquatics Service Leader).