Im­prove­ments ahead of con­cert

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Changes to the venue for Ro­tary Mata­mata’s Con­cert by the Lake, in­clud­ing the widen­ing of the float­ing pon­toon and ground works, have been made ahead of this year’s event.

Im­prove­ments to the con­cert site on the Jon­dor Rd prop­erty of Mata­mata cou­ple Peter and Ineke Thissen, have been made over the past year, fol­low­ing last Fe­bru­ary’s in­au­gu­ral event.

Over­all, Ro­tary say the 2015 event went very well con­sid­er­ing it was the first time they had at­tempted a con­cert, let alone hosted an event of such scale in a unique set­ting like by a lake.

Ro­tary learnt from the chal­lenges en­coun­tered last year and have made changes to the pon­toon, which is the float­ing stage the artists will per­form on.

‘‘We’ve made it a lot wider and then we gal­vanised it, painted it and put it back in the wa­ter. There is a lot more room for the per­form­ers,’’ Peter said.

Work on the pon­toon be­gan last July. Hir­ing a crane to get it out of the wa­ter was an ex­pe­ri­ence and an ex­er­cise and a half, Peter said.

Soil work to cre­ate a bet­ter view from the em­bank­ment has also been un­der­taken and work to re­move weed from the lake will soon be done. A pro­fes­sional dig­i­tally con­trolled sound sys­tem will also be used this year to en­sure ex­cel­lent sound qual­ity.

Peter said although prepa­ra­tion for Con­cert by the Lake has been ex­ten­sive, it has been a lot of fun for both he and Ineke and the en­tire Ro­tary club.

A num­ber of work­ing bees have and will be held held ahead of the big event next month, with Ro­tary Mata­mata mem­bers in at­ten­dance to lend a hand with a range of jobs such as sow­ing grass seed.

Tick­ets for Con­cert by the Lake, which takes place on Fe­bru­ary 21 from 1pm-6pm, are $45 and are avail­able now from Mitre 10, Colour­plus and Pa­per Plus. This year there is a gazebo op­tion, which in­cludes 10 tick­ets, chairs and a gazebo in a prime spot. This lim­ited op­tion costs $750 and is avail­able by con­tact­ing Lynette Stan­ley at Mitre 10.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Ineke and Peter Thissen on their ren­o­vated pon­toon. The stage floats on the cou­ple’s lake and will see a num­ber of top en­ter­tain­ers per­form on it as part of Ro­tary Mata­mata’s Con­cert by the Lake.

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