Fur­ther study on sta­dium

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By STEVE ED­WARDS

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.

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