Community pitches in for Waiau's new pool

pool1.jpgVolunteers have responded to a call to help install a temporary swimming pool for the Waiau community. It will replace the one badly damaged in the recent earthquake with a second pool on its way to Kaikoura.

Waiau’s pool was transported from the port of Lyttelton late yesterday. Around 10 people were needed to help with the set-up, however, Hurunui District Councillor Julia McLean says there were more than that number working by the time she arrived at the Waiau School site this morning.

“It’s a fantastic response because it’s short notice at such a busy time of year. All going well, the Waiau volunteer fire brigade will start filling the pool from 2pm so it should be available for swims from tomorrow.”

The netball courts have been converted as the location for the pool that’s been provided by the PoolsInSchool NZ organisation. Councillor McLean says the pool will stay at the site for as long as it’s needed.

The New Zealand Community Trust paid $25,000 to cover freight, and operating and maintenance costs for both pools.

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Hurunui District Councillor Julia McLean