Speak up now

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Yes, I ad­mit to an en­thu­si­as­tic per­sonal bias and am unashamed to pub­licly pin my colours to the mast where our pro­posed civic cen­tre is con­cerned.

We came to live in this won­der­ful town al­most 40 years ago and that was def­i­nitely the best de­ci­sion we have ever made.

I am al­ways proud to say that I come from Mata­mata, which of­fers a great life­style for all ages. In­deed, it is the envy of many other small towns – per­haps be­cause, while it may be small in size, it is cer­tainly big in heart, pur­pose and di­rec­tion.

Our town is also full of peo­ple who, build­ing on the ded­i­cated ef­forts of our fore­fa­thers, want to see it con­tinue to serve well those who al­ready live here, as well as make it at­trac­tive to oth­ers who want the life­style it of­fers.

We have been well served by our cur­rent Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre, ad­min­is­tra­tion fa­cil­ity and li­brary; how­ever we know that th­ese are past their best-by date and are in dire need of at­ten­tion.

A band-aid up­grade ap­proach will not serve our town well – our peo­ple de­serve bet­ter.

Yes, it will cost sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars, but a new pur­pose-built cen­tre will give our town a fa­cil­ity that car­ries it into the fu­ture – our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren’s fu­ture. It will be a fa­cil­ity of which we can be proud.

While ru­mours of or­gan­ised neg­a­tive sub­mis­sions for the pro­posed cen­tre may be dis­missed by some, I be­lieve that if you want the fa­cil­ity you de­serve, then it is im­per­a­tive you are heard through

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