Coun­cil has been right be­hind putting Gate­house to­gether

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The mas­sive Gate­house doors have ar­rived and the crafts­man­ship is in­cred­i­ble.

The plas­tic thatch­ing is go­ing up quickly and I be­lieve the scaf­fold­ing will be down this week. Ev­ery­thing is on tar­get for Novem­ber 29.

I have had one or two peo­ple ask­ing: ‘‘How much is the Gate­house cost­ing the ratepayer?’’

The $200,000 cost of cre­at­ing the fa­cade is be­ing funded by us – the Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion.

We are an in­cor­po­rated so­ci­ety. We are not coun­cil owned or op­er­ated.

We work hard to make the money that funds projects to keep Mata­mata grow­ing. How­ever, we do have in­cred­i­ble sup­port from the Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil.

They are pos­i­tive about the op­por­tu­ni­ties that The Hob­bit will bring to our dis­trict and clearly un­der­stand how the Gate­house will gain in­ter­na­tional me­dia at­ten­tion for Mata­mata.

We pre­vi­ously ex­plained the re­moval of the dam­aged Gol­lum sculp­ture at the Wel­come to Mata­mata sign in this col­umn. How­ever, peo­ple are still ask­ing.

We re­moved the sculp­ture as it had three sets of eyes stolen, was bashed by some idiot one night and al­though we tried to take off the rough edges, it just could not be re­paired.

The dam­aged sculp­ture was not ideal for our vis­i­tors pho­tos of the Wel­come to Hob­biton sign.

The Gan­dalf seat re­placed the sculp­ture.

We have pur­chased a Weta Work­shop de­signed bronze Gol­lum who will sit out­side the new Gate­house.

He is cur­rently inside our build­ing just wait­ing for us to de­cide on the per­fect po­si­tion for him.

Look out open­ing.

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