Stage, wings un­likely for civic cen­tre

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

Con­struc­tion of the new Mata­mata Civic Cen­tre will go ahead as planned this year but the build will not in­clude the ex­tras to al­low it to host ma­jor pro­duc­tions.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako district coun­cil­lor Kevin Tap­pin re­mains hope­ful $1m can still be found to add a stage and wings to the new cen­tre, de­spite a se­ries of un­suc­cess­ful fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

Pro­vided time lines all go as planned, the new civic cen­tre should be com­pleted by the end of 2017, but won’t be ready to use un­til 2018.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil al­lo­cated $6m to the civic cen­tre and while pro­vi­sion was made in the draw­ings for the ad­di­tion of a stage and wings, it would need to be funded sep­a­rately.

Tap­pin felt a stage and wings were a para­mount ad­di­tion to the civic cen­tre, which would al­low large scale per­for­mances to be held in the district.

When Tap­pin spoke in Au­gust he said the es­ti­mated cost would be around $100,000 just for the stage cur­tains and gear to op­er­ate it. There would also be costs to have a con­trol booth, light­ing, ca­bling and stage.

Over the past six months Tap­pin ap­plied for fund­ing grants through var­i­ous sources in­clud­ing Creative NZ, how­ever they were all un­suc­cess­ful.

‘‘It’s dif­fi­cult ap­ply­ing for fund­ing in ret­ro­spect,’’ he said. ’’Had we ap­plied at the be­gin­ning of the process we may have been in with a chance.

‘‘For now we re­main hope­ful we can get it through coun­cil at some stage.’’

Con­struc­tion for the civic cen­tre is ex­pected to take place in the first quar­ter of this year, pro­vid­ing the coun­cil ap­proves the bud­get at its Fe­bru­ary meet­ing. Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun- cil’s pro­fes­sional ser­vices unit man­ager Roger Lam­berth says a suc­cess­ful short­listed ten­ders for the build will be con­sid­ered early next month. ‘‘Four of the short­listed ten­ders were from Hamil­ton and Tau­ranga. The fifth is from Mata­mata and was the only sup­plier based within the district to regis­ter.’’

He says the re­quire­ments of the ten­der in­clude that the main con­trac­tor use lo­cal sub­con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers where they can match the mar­ket.

Pro­vid­ing plan­ning goes ac­cord­ing to sched­ule, han­dover will be made on March 20 and based on a nine month build, the cen­tre should be com­plete by De­cem­ber 20.

Fol­low­ing fit-out work he says the cen­tre will be of­fi­cially opened in early 2018.

An an­nual mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion plan will be pro­duced to en­cour­age groups to use the fa­cil­ity.

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An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new Mata­mata Civic Cen­tre. Con­struc­tion is due to start this year, aim­ing to be opened in 12 months.

Mata­mata coun­cil­lor Kev­inTap­pin out­side the me­mo­rial cen­tre.

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