Pic­nic area mooted

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - STEVE ED­WARDS

The Pe­ria Hills Hall be­come a pic­nic spot.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil was ap­proached by the hall com­mit­tee af­ter it voted to de­com­mis­sion the fa­cil­ity due to a lack of com­mu­nity sup­port.

Ratepay­ers and res­i­dents of the lo­cal com­mu­nity were ad­vised and asked to sub­mit if they would like to see the use of the hall con­tinue, the ma­jor­ity agree­ing to de­com­mis­sion­ing, said a staff re­port tabled at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing.

The meet­ing heard the build­ing was not in good con­di­tion and couldn’t be dis­posed of by re­moval and re­lo­ca­tion.

On the cor­ner of Matai and Sta­tion Rds, the hall site is part of Pe­ria Hills Do­main. It is gazetted as recre­ation re­serve ad­min­is­tered by coun­cil. site could

Neigh­bour Henry de Haas leases the do­main for graz­ing stock while main­tain­ing the hall grounds. The do­main is the site of a school built in 1909.

‘‘Lo­cals would look af­ter the area at no cost to coun­cil,’’ de Haas told the coun­cil meet­ing.

He sug­gested a pic­nic table be built for use by pass­ing trav­ellers, par­tic­u­larly bik­ers to nearby Hob­biton movie set.

The coun­cil had also agreed with his re­quest for a plaque that memo­ri­al­is­ing the space where a school was built in 1906.

Cr Leonie Tisch rec­om­mended the area re­main as a re­serve, with an in­for­ma­tion sign erected doc­u­ment­ing that.

The plaque and any seat­ing would be funded by the coun­cil, if the re­moval of the build­ing didn’t use up all of the al­lo­cated funds.

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