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The re­de­vel­op­ment of the Mata­mata civic cen­tre con­tin­ues to gen­er­ate de­bate. There are those who be­lieve the cur­rent civic build­ings could well work for the com­mu­nity, if only money was spent on re­de­vel­op­ing them to meet build­ing stan­dards. There are oth­ers who be­lieve the new civic cen­tre plans don’t of­fer the com­mu­nity op­tions for big-bud­get pro­duc­tions. And some com­mu­nity groups have sug­gested their events are in jeop­ardy be­cause the new civic cen­tre does not have the ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date their needs. This week yet an­other an­gle on this story. Mata­mata Fu­tures is press­ing ahead with its plans to de­velop a sports cen­tre in town. An in­de­pen­dent re­port has been com­pleted and shows pub­lic sup­port for the idea. Next step is se­cur­ing fund­ing and part­ner­ships to make it be­come re­al­ity. The key here will be to make sure there are no dou­ble­ups, in terms of de­vel­op­ing a new civic cen­tre, and a new sports cen­tre, at the same time.

Lawrence Gullery

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