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Children have been dipping into their own funds for the chance to take a dip in a new pool in Roxburgh.

About 80 children raised just over $450 for the project during a recent disco, hosted by the town’s junior youth council.

Their contribution adds to about $80,000 raised for the open-air pool and new changing rooms project.

The project estimated to cost at least $2 million has been a hot topic for about 16 years, and is gaining the traction needed to take it to the next stage.

A pool development committee is driving the initiative, which has been described as a ‘‘critical project’’ for the people of Roxburgh and Teviot Valley.

Member Vicki Richards said Roxburgh’s youth had made a ‘‘fantastic effort’’ as the committee looked ahead to the next stage.

‘‘For one day, it’s fantastic money,’’ Mrs Richards said. ‘‘I’m really proud of them. It’s a really good job.’’

The next stage will involve a detailed costing plan, applying for funding and building consent.

But, when all of that might happen was not known as it was a work in progress, she said.

The committee has consulted the community and had sought technical advice and concept drawings to get an idea of what the finished product might look like.

Roxburgh’s existing facility is almost 100 years old.

A community notice said its buildings were in a poor state of repair and the plant and design were outdated. In 2011 the Central Otago District Council passed the pool’s operation to the Roxburgh community.

The Teviot Valley Community Board funds the pool’s running costs and plans to continue that once the redevelopment is completed.

The community notice said the new pool would create a modern community facility, designed to meet the needs of residents and visitors to Roxburgh.

It would be used for learn-to swim programmes and provide health and social benefits to users of all ages.

The pool would encourage social interaction and would be a preferred facility for activities, because Roxburgh had few community facilities.

The committee welcomed help from the community to complete the project, whether that was in the form of fundraising ventures or a donation.

Other project money has been received from the TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundation, the Ida McDonald Trust, the Roxburgh Christian Youth Trust and the Horseshoe Bend Fund.

The pool’s annual meeting was expected to held in Roxburgh last night.