Pas­sion­ate about build­ing brighter fu­ture

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

Mata­mata man Bruce Ma­gan wants a brighter fu­ture for the next gen­er­a­tion.

And as part of Mata­mata Fu­tures he, and the other trustees, have lit­er­ally done that by light­ing the tree be­tween the i-SITE and the rail­way tracks at Christ­mas.

And now his big dream of giv­ing the area a new in­door sport sta­dium is slowly get­ting closer.

The group, and Ma­gan, have been work­ing over the past two to three years to try and get it up and run­ning.

Ma­gan had been push­ing for it for about 9 years af­ter ini­tially pledg­ing around $750,000 for the con­struc­tion of a com­mu­nity sports fa­cil­ity.

He said one of the pos­i­tives in the de­lays was that the in­ter­est had grown that to about $800,000.

The founder of con­struc­tion com­pany Co­mag said be­ing a bene­fac­tor was a way to give back to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I made money from the com­mu­nity so I want to give back to it.’’

He is now semi-re­tired and no longer of­fi­cially in­volved with the Co­mag which evolved from Bruce Ma­gan Ltd, which be­gan in Septem­ber 1967.

Ma­gan, who had served on Mata­mata Bur­rough Coun­cil and the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil for 11 years, was also in­spired by his mum.

‘‘She al­ways found time to help other peo­ple, even though she had seven chil­dren.’’

Both Co­mag and the Mata­mata Col­lege old boy have a strong com­mit­ment to the needs of the Mata­mata sport com­mu­nity.

They both spon­sor the col­lege first XV.

Ma­gan said the new fa­cil­ity would not only ben­e­fit his ‘‘cho­sen sport’’.

The Gi­b­lin Group was do­ing a needs as­sess­ment of the po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions to see how they would meet the needs of var­i­ous lo­cal groups, in­clud­ing foot­ball club the Swifts.

Ma­gan said Mata­mata’s younger gen­er­a­tions de­served a new sta­dium.

‘‘I feel the com­mu­nity has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide those. Younger gen­er­a­tions have the right to ex­pect those fa­cil­i­ties.’’

To him, com­mu­nity was im­por­tant.

‘‘If you don’t be­lieve in com­mu­nity, you don’t be­lieve in any­thing.

‘‘Peo­ple say you get the com­mu­nity they de­serve.’’

Bruce Ma­gan out­side his pre­ferred lo­ca­tion for a new in­door sport sta­dium.

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