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East pushes for 50m QE II pool „„ By Sophie Cornish COASTAL-BURWOOD Ward city councillor David East is pushing for the community to “have a conversation” about the possibility of a 50m pool at the new QE II. The call comes after Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods announced a U-turn on the proposed Metro Sports Facility, axing the current contractors Leighs Cockram Joint Venture. Dr Woods announced there were ‘considerable issues’ with David East the plans for the multi-million dollar complex, including a $75 million budget blowout, making the proposed costs more than $321 million. Dr Woods’ spokesman said right now she is focusing on investigating options for the central city. “This includes the possibility of combining the Metro Sports Facility and the Multi-Use Arena . . . however, we are meeting with the sports codes this week and are keen to listen to any ideas they have.”

metro sports is worse land than QE II and it would seem a quick fix to build the 50m pool at QE II where it was for many years and was well accepted by the city,” said Cr East in a post on Facebook. He claims the cost of adding a 50m pool to QE II would be ‘vastly less’ than a new complex and would leave an indoor sports complex for the city to cater for other sport such as netball, which could be built at a lesser

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cost. Cr East believes the project could easily be started within a year as “a large part of the infrastructure is already there.” “When we designed and commissioned the build we’ve got now, one of the key aspects of that design was that if we needed to add to it in any fashion, ie a 50m pool, it could be done relatively easily.” Cr East said the idea will have community backing.

FUNDRAISER RECIPIENTS The Rockabilly Show and Shine organisers have announced the recipients of this year’s fundraising efforts. The New Brighton Project will receive $2500 for its annual Christmas Parade. The New Brighton Cricket Club will receive $1000 toward its club room rebuild. I Love New Brighton will get $700 for its annual community fun day. New Brighton Catholic School will get $500 towards their new school hall and New Brighton Community Gardens $500 also for their support and work within the community. The money was collected from donations on entry to the event.

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GONE: The old QE II complex was demolished after the February 22, 2011, earthquake. CoastalBurwood Ward city councillor David East says it’s time to consider bringing a 50m pool back to east Christchurch.

The facility is planned to include a 10-lane 50m swimming pool, separate diving pool area, five hydroslides, group fitness rooms, high performance sports centre, a cafe, childcare facility and indoor courts with space for nine netball courts. Cr East questions whether a complex that size is needed in the city. “Perhaps it is timely to consider building the 50m pool at QE II . . . the proposed site for



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