Com­mu­nity board makes most of last months

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­

Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Daryl An­der­son said his board would com­plete as many projects as pos­si­ble be­fore it is phased out in Oc­to­ber.

The Lo­cal Govern­ment Com­mis­sion an­nounced ear­lier this year it sup­ported the Mata­mataPi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to dis­es­tab­lish com­mu­nity boards in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha af­ter the next lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

Though ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed with the de­ci­sion, Mr An­der­son said the board would make the most of its re­main­ing five months.

‘‘We have been elected as rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Mata­mata and we will con­tinue to be here for the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Mata­mata res­i­dents were still wel­come to raise is­sues or com­mu­nity mat­ters with the board, he said.

‘‘Any pro­ject that we are still work­ing on or is­sues we are deal­ing with in Oc­to­ber will be passed on to coun­cil and they will take on that re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘‘We will make sure it is handed on to the right peo­ple.’’

Mr An­der­son will have com­pleted three terms as chair­man in Oc­to­ber, with Robin Burr fin­ish­ing four terms as a board mem­ber and Kevin Tap­pin and Tina Berg one each.

‘‘We are so thank­ful to have had the op­por­tu­nity to serve the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘ The main thing for us has re­ally been act­ing as a voice for the town – to push ob­jec­tives that the com­mu­nity are look­ing for.

‘‘I think the projects we have been in­volved with and the lit­tle things we have achieved over the years have cer­tainly been worth the small cost to ratepay­ers.’’

Ma­jor projects the board has been in­volved with in re­cent years have in­cluded the re­de­vel­op­ment of He­tana St, al­ter­ations to the Tai­hoa South Rd in­ter­sec­tion and the up­grade of the skate park.

Board mem­bers would con­tinue to sup­port the com­mu­nity in their in­di­vid­ual ar­eas of in­ter­est, said Mr An­der­son.

It was im­por­tant

that Mata- mata res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups con­tin­ued to speak out and have their say on coun­cil plans, he said.

‘‘The big­gest ques­tion for the fu­ture in Mata­mata is con­cern­ing our ma­jor fa­cil­i­ties that need up­grad­ing and strength­en­ing.

‘‘We have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate some top-class com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­tiesI think Mata­mata needs to stand up and take a real vested in­ter­est.’’

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