Partnership Approach Secures Funding for New Pool

12 July 2013

Wellington East Girls’ College pool is another step closer to fruition, with the announcement today that the project has been awarded $145,000 (plus GST) from the Lottery Grants Board.

The pool project has now met its funding target of $890,000 - thanks to a partnership approach from Wellington City Council, New Zealand Community Trust and the Lottery Grants Board.

"This reflects the high value we place on learning to swim and staying active, fit and healthy," says Mayor Wade-Brown. "Our new and improved facilities provide health, safety and fitness benefits for Wellingtonians of all ages, as well as further opportunities for people to connect with others."

Councillor John Morrison, Portfolio Leader, Sports and Events, says it's excellent to get the green light for the Wellington East Girls’ College pool.

"This is the latest and biggest project in a line of successful school pool and Council partnerships - including Berhampore, Khandallah and Rewa Rewa. The pool will be accessible to over 4,000 students, all of whom are within a 15-minute walk of its location."

It will also improve pool access for the wider community, and provide services for aquatic sport with a 25m pool for training and school competitions.

These pools are part of a $12 million Council investment in aquatic facilities, which was supported by strong submissions to the Council’s draft budgets.

The Berhampore School pool refurbishment and the Khandallah School pool enclosure were assisted by Wellington City Council’s contestable fund and the School Pools Partnership Fund. Both of these funds are used to encourage schools to upgrade their pools and make them available for pupils and community use through learn to swim programmes.

"By partnering with schools and helping them to raise funds from other sources, many more Wellingtonians can learn to swim," says Mayor Wade-Brown. "These are investments in the community that don’t place the full cost on ratepayers."