Tourism un­af­fected by road­works

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

Broad­way’s road­works are not putting off Mata­mata’s tourists. ‘‘We are still wel­com­ing at least a 1000 peo­ple a day through the i-SITE,’’ man­ager of the Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion, Sue Whiting, said.

She had seen no dif­fer­ence in tourist num­bers this year in com­par­i­son to last year.

Whiting said most of the lo­cal busi­nesses had been pos­i­tive about the road­works and un­der­stood that the job had to be done.

The PRA re­ceived some com­plaints from busi­nesses how­ever Whiting said they passed those on to the New Zealand Trans­port Agency which re­sponded quickly.

The is­sue of dust was quickly dealt with, ac­cord­ing to a mem­ber of the front of house staff at the Ital­ian restau­rant Os­te­ria Da Gino.

‘‘The road­work con­trac­tors spray it with wa­ter so it’s not a big deal,’’ Or­lando Hansen said.

Park­ing was more the is­sue with road­works mak­ing it hard for peo­ple to park near the restau­rant, he said.

‘‘I was talk­ing to Re­doubt yes­ter­day and they said they have no­ticed that peo­ple have to walk to them as the road is closed at night.’’

Mayor Jan Barnes com­mended the NZTA on their good com­mu­ni­ca­tion about the pro­ject. ‘‘They have in­volved lo­cal busi­nesses, got their feed­back, in­volved the Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and put out a con­tact num­ber,’’ she said.

A sec­tion of Firth St was up­graded at the be­gin­ning of the works and NZTA said no more works were planned.

Stage one of the road­works on Broad­way from Meura St to the I-site had fin­ished, Trans­port agency rep­re­sen­ta­tive Harry Wil­son said.

That step, which en­tailed pave­ment sta­bil­i­sa­tion and lay­ing down chip seal on Broad­way, fin­ished on Jan­uary 21, Wil­son said.

A layer of as­phalt would be placed once it had been bed­ded down and all the other stages were com­pleted. Ei­ther stage two, which en­tailed lay­ing struc­tured as­phalt on the round­about by the Z petrol sta­tion, or stage three would then start. Stage three con­sisted of pave­ment re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from Meura St down to the Bur­wood Rd round­about and would be com­pleted by mid-Fe­bru­ary.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil CEO Don McLeod, Mayor Jan Barnes, NZTA re­gional ad­vi­sor Janene Moodie and trans­port agency rep­re­sen­ta­tive Harry Wil­son are con­fi­dent that the Broad­way road­works have lit­tle dis­rup­tion to tourist vis­its and lo­cal busi­nesses.

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