Council supportive of MAC acquiring pool site

Wanaka Pool. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

MAC asks for pool site

Mount Aspiring College (MAC) has expressed an interest in acquiring the current community pool site once the new one at the recreation centre is up and running next year.

Principal Wayne Bosley attended Wanaka’s annual plan hearings on Thursday June 1 with head students Campbell Russell and Mackenzie Ayres, student board of trustees representative Patrick Gainsford and year 7 student Scarlett Edwards to put forward their case for the land.

Year 13 student Campbell said that when he was in year 7 there was 660 students on the college’s roll which has now increased to over 900 students and is predicted to become 1500 by 2025.

The pool sits between MAC’s main campus and its music room and Campbell said the college wants to use the pool land to connect the facilities.

Mackenzie, also a year 13 student, said her vision for the land would be to develop a community arts centre.

“This would be beneficial for students and the community and the opportunities are endless. We ask that the council considers MAC’s interest in the pool land, ensuring we have the room to grow and continue to provide high quality education,” Mackenzie said.

Mayor Jim Boult said that in principle Queenstown Lakes District Council was supportive of MAC acquiring the land.

“It makes quite a lot of sense and feels a shame to waste the existing pool. We’re working with the board of trustees and can’t promise anything but we’re favouring towards the idea and if we can find a way to make it happen we will,” he said.

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