Marchers would like a sta­dium

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

My name is Pa­tri­cia Wil­cox and over the past year I have found an in­ter­est that I thought was long lost to me, leisure march­ing. Twice weekly our team meet to prac­tise and we travel each month to an event held at other towns and in their sports sta­di­ums. We have al­ways re­marked that we would love to have the same fa­cil­ity in our own home town and how lucky they were to have these sta­di­ums. We have the Headon Sta­dium which is too small, the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre which is too small and no other suit­able place for us for our sport.

We re­cently held our first event here in Mata­mata at the Bed­ford Park and although it was a great suc­cess we were just lucky with the weather on the day. We have two teams in Mata­mata now, the Kaimai Rangers and the Kaimai Guards and this is a sport that is grow­ing in New Zealand.

This sport en­com­passes a wide range of ages from 30 to 80 and has no con­di­tions on abil­ity, just the abil­ity to have fun.

I know that I speak for other team mem­bers when I say that it would be much ap­pre­ci­ated if Mata­mata had a sta­dium that will see to the needs of our sport and the many sports that would have need of it.

I can just see our coun­cil­lors say­ing ‘‘this is a good idea, let’s do­nate one mil­lion dol­lars into this project,we will worry about the rate rise this will cause at a later date’’.

I no­tice the mayor has said we are very con­cerned about any rate rise to our ratepay­ers, par­tic­u­larly to low in­come peo­ple.

I would go as far as say­ing un­less you have been in the sit­u­a­tion where mak­ing ends meet is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult other peo­ple have no idea what this sit­u­a­tion is like.

It seems to be very ap­par­ent that the peo­ple who make the decision to in­crease our rate de­mands are peo­ple who have no prob­lem with pay­ing any in­crease no mat­ter how big it is.

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