Picnic area mooted
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.