Who thinks we need a new sports sta­dium?

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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.

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