Project nearly fin­ished

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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

Photo: KAI FISHER

Hang­ing out: Ro­man, the thatch­ing boy.

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