Further study on stadium
Matamata-Piako District Council wants more details on a proposed indoor stadium at Matamata College before polling the public.
Receiving a submission at this year’s annual budget hearings, the council deferred a decision on a possible contribution to the Matamata Community Active Recreation Centre until after the local body elections.
At the first meeting of its new term last Wednesday, the council decided to discuss the proposal further with the college, Ministry of Education and other stakeholders.
The plan, prepared jointly by the college board of trustees and Matamata Futures, would see an international standard multi-purpose complex built at the school for both student and community use.
Estimated cost is $4.45 million, with council asked for $1.5 million to go with $1 million from a private community investor and $750,000 from the college.
The executive summary of the proposal said: ‘‘The Matamata community has been presented with a unique one-off opportunity of a gift of $1 million which must be taken or it will be lost.
‘‘Matamata is a fast growing and forward thinking community which requires a modern sports and recreation facility to future-proof the needs of both the college and the wider community.’’
The previous council considered the submission was likely to be considered ‘‘significant’’ and require consultation with the community.
Council chief executive officer Don Mcleod said seeking more information on the Matamata centre would ensure a more ‘‘robust proposal’’ can be outlined in the consultation process.
Issues council wants clarified include ownership/management, access, project management/ risks, resource consent, ongoing costs and other options.
District Mayor Hugh Vercoe said after last Wednesday’s meeting it was hoped the required information was at hand by next February, with public consultation likely to get under way the following month.