Award is boost to endeavours
Abig week. Darren Roa and his boys have now got the roof on and the beautiful windows in. I have to admit when the concrete went down I was concerned that it didn’t look like a very big area. Now with the walls up, I can certainly see that we will have a lot of extra space. And we will need it as even though it is the shoulder season we are still extremely busy.
The positive attitude of the people who live in our great little town never fails to amaze me. We still had a shortfall on our project funds but Bob Dalley has stepped in to help us. Everyone knows what Bob does for Matamata; he is a generous man and the PRA is very grateful and overwhelmed by his offer. Again, thank you Bob.
I must also thank those locals who come in during the standing room only moments and kindly step back and tell us to serve our overseas guests first. That shows true hospitality.
The highlight of our week was winning the MPDC Business to Business, Matamata Business Excellence Award. We have worked hard over the past year with the building of the facade, the big opening on November 29, the massive influx of visitors over the summer then the planning and building of the extension and stage two of the facade. We haven’t stopped, so winning the award has made it all worthwhile.
This is our second award; at the recent i-Site Visitor Centre conference in mid September we won an innovation award. It’s nice to have our efforts recognised by our i-Site colleagues.
Our sincere congratulations to Jan Barnes, our new Matamata mayor. Jan has been a loyal PRA committee member for 15 years however she stepped down in May to concentrate on her mayoral campaign. We hope that she has some time to join us for the occasional meeting in the future.
Keep an eye on the building next week as more boys from Wellington are back to place the rock for the chimney.
PS. The possum has gone and the cat that slipped in through the open flooring each night and slept on my office chair has been evicted.