Who thinks we need a new sports stadium?
Bruce Magan wholeheartedly believes there is a huge need for a new community sports facility in Matamata. But four years of planning has left him frustrated.
He is so passionate about the concept that he has invested a sponsorship amount of between $700,000 and $750,000.
Contributing that amount of his own money comes with two conditions: That the project is started in 2013 with a completion time of two years and that Matamata College gets concessions when it comes to the use of the facility.
Now Mr Magan wants to know if it’s something the Matamata community wants.
‘‘There is an absolute need for a new community sports facility here. But the public need to get behind it,’’ he said.
In conjunction with Matamata Futures, Mr Magan and Matamata College came up with plans to build a sports stadium on the school’s grounds and went into discussions with Matamata-piako District Council.
Those plans were halted when the Ministry of Education withdrew its support for the project.
Matamata-piako District Council has earmarked $2 million to upgrade Headon Stadium in its 10-year plan in the 2015-2016 year. But Mr Magan thinks that is unacceptable and those funds would be better allocated to a completely new internationally regulated sports stadium at Matamata Domain as a part of the existing sports complex and swimming pools.
‘‘I can remember playing there (Headon Stadium) as a kid,’’ Mr Magan said.
‘‘It was an outstanding facility back then but it has done its job and it is not in the right location anyway. We need something that is centrally located.’’
Mr Magan said it is time for the community to have its say by making a submission to council on its 10-year plan by no later than this Friday, May 18. Follow this link to complete your submission: ourcommunity- ourfuture. co. nz/ index.php/have-your-say.