Community board makes most of last months
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.’’