Planned re­build for civic cen­tre

All ratepay­ers to pay

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By STEVE ED­WARDS

An $8 mil­lion Mata­mata Civic Cen­tre will be rated across the dis­trict.

In its draft long-term plan, pend­ing sign-off by Au­dit NZ, Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil said the cen­tre, in­clud­ing the memo­rial hall, pub­lic li­brary and coun­cil area of­fice, will be a dis­trict fa­cil­ity which means all ratepay­ers will pay to­wards it.

The coun­cil had pre­vi­ously planned to spend $ 1.5m on fa­cil­i­ties in Mata­mata, but had since found the memo­rial cen­tre needs se­ri­ous re­pairs, the li­brary does not meet na­tional stan­dards and the area of­fice does not meet coun­cil ser­vice lev­els. A staff re­port to the coun­cil said feed­back from com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and ‘‘tar­geted work­shops’’ in­di­cated a pref­er­ence for a new fa­cil­ity, cost­ing an es­ti­mated $8m.

From more than 10,000 dis­trict ratepay­ers the coun­cil re­ceived 263 sub­mis­sions, with the re­build favoured by seven from Mor­rinsville and six from Te Aroha.

In its draft plan, the coun­cil said 440 peo­ple pro­vided feed­back, with 55 per cent in favour of a re­build, 21 per cent for ren­o­va­tion, 14 per cent for re­pair and 10 per cent who ‘‘did not spec­ify for re­build’’.

The coun­cil said it also held work­shops and an open day, with more than 100 peo­ple tak­ing part.

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