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This week we touch on a cou­ple of lo­cal is­sues that are hot top­ics at the mo­ment. First of all, re­porter Rexine Hawes speaks to for­mer mayor, coun­cil­lor Bob McGrail who has de­cided not to con­test the com­ing lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions in Oc­to­ber. We un­der­stand there may be a few other cur­rent coun­cil­lors opt­ing not to con­tinue on in lo­cal pol­i­tics and we will bring you those sto­ries over the com­ing weeks. Those leav­ing the coun­cil surely open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for new peo­ple to put their hands up to lead the dis­trict. Stay­ing on the topic of coun­cil, we look at plans to re­de­velop the civic cen­tre. Lo­cal man Kevin Tap­pin is lob­by­ing for the plans to be changed to ac­com­mo­date a stage at the new fa­cil­ity, oth­er­wise he fears the end of big-bud­get pro­duc­tions in Mata­mata. We also speak to a for­mer mayor who be­lieves the cur­rent civic build­ings should be up­graded, and not de­mol­ished. We’re keen to hear what read­ers have to say on the mat­ter.

Lawrence Gullery

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