Project nearly finished
This week I was asked by our insurers to check the value of the assets we own.
Assets such as the two security cameras at the Broadway roundabout that help protect the community, and a third camera focused on the Gatehouse and the Hetana St car park. Also, the coloured uplighting system on the clock tower and the Welcome to Matamata sign at the entrance to town. We fought hard for that sign!
These projects are only possible though the support of the community, with subscriptions and income we receive from various projects such as the Matamata Community Directory and most importantly Hobbiton Movie Set ticketing. We work hard for our money and we spend it on projects which offer value to the community.
The initial Gatehouse facade, the new extension and completion of the theming is, I am sure, the biggest project the PRA has ever taken on in its 58 year history. The building is nearly finished.
On Friday, Darren sent Rob back to start the clean up around the building and NuLine will finish the interior painting this week. The carpet also goes down this week. James from Electrico has hung the stunning new lights in the extension. He has calmly (well outwardly anyway) worked through unplanned changes, some of my bright ideas and has kindly helped with a couple of jobs requiring a tall man. We will miss him.
Contributions continue to come in. Matamata has some very generous people who understand what the Gatehouse will mean to the community in years to come. To those people, thank you for your donations, your contributions are tagged to help with future maintenance.
The creation of the Gatehouse extension is being well documented by Kai Fisher who gives up his work breaks and his days off to produce some stunning photographs. We plan to use his images on a screen inside the building so that all our visitors can enjoy his incredible photographs.
Visitors to the i-SITE just keep growing day by day. Although we are currently working in a very confined, unlit corner of the building, the girls are coping. In fact they love it.
If we are busy, the town is busy, and that means the PRA is doing its job which is to stop traffic in Matamata.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the opening on December 11.
Sue Whiting Matamata Public Relations Association
Hanging out: Roman, the thatching boy.