Re­search re­veals sta­dium site

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - LAWRENCE GULLERY

A re­port look­ing at the need for a new multi-pur­pose in­door sta­dium has iden­ti­fied the Mata­mata Do­main as the best lo­ca­tion.

But the group head­ing the sta­dium ini­tia­tive, Mata­mata Fu­tures Trust, listed its pref­er­ence as Bed­ford Park.

These two op­tions, along with Mata­mata Col­lege and Swap Park, were re­searched as po­ten­tial sites for the sta­dium by spe­cial­ist lo­cal gov­ern­ment con­sul­tancy, Gi­b­lin Group.

The trust com­mis­sioned Gi­b­lin Group to com­plete the work and the re­sults, which showed sup­port for a sta­dium, were shared with Sport Waikato and Mata­mataPi­ako mayor Jan Barnes.

Gi­b­lin Group be­lieved the Mata­mata Do­main was ‘‘a clear pref­er­ence’’ for peo­ple and groups it in­ter­viewed for the re­search re­port.

‘‘The site pro­vides po­ten­tial for the devel­op­ment of a com­mu­nity hub due to its cen­tral lo­ca­tion,’’ its re­port stated.

‘‘Lo­cat­ing a new sta­dium on site with the sport cen­tre/pool com­plex max­imises po­ten­tial us­age and, along with the other ex­ist­ing codes there, pro­vides a ‘one stop shop’ of sport­ing and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­mu­nity.’’

Mata­mata Fu­tures pre­ferred Bed­ford Park be­cause of its ac­cess to Mata­mata Col­lege, vis­i­bil­ity from the main road, abil­ity to join or pro­vide ac­cess to Swap Park via the rail­way re­serve.

It was an ex­ist­ing, well-used fa­cil­ity.

The re­port said the new sta­dium should in­clude two in­door courts, shared so­cial spa­ces, chang­ing rooms, toi­lets and equip­ment stor­age.

Those con­sulted were asked to iden­tify who, and what type of ac­tiv­i­ties they saw as po­ten­tially be­ing held in a new sta­dium.

Po­ten­tial codes and users in­cluded net­ball, rugby, bas­ket­ball, ta­ble tennis, bad­minton, in­door bowls, foot­ball, fut­sal, gym­nas­tics, cricket, touch and vol­ley­ball.

‘‘There is sub­stan­tial de­mand for use of the fa­cil­ity for wider com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, such as cul- tu­ral per­for­mances, con­fer­ences and seminars and club so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ the re­port said.

Peo­ple also wanted the fa­cil­ity to be used for pro­grammes to en­gage young peo­ple.

Gi­b­lin Group rec­om­mended Mata­mata Fu­tures work with Sport Waikato and Mata­mataPi­ako District Coun­cil to form a project group to dis­cuss a fund­ing plan and costs of the project.

Mata­mata Do­main, one of four sites be­ing con­sid­ered for a new multi-pur­pose sports com­plex.

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