Planned rebuild for civic centre
All ratepayers to pay
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.