Marchers would like a stadium
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.